Dark Energy – from Cosmology to the Laboratory
The most startling thing we have learnt about the Universe in the last decade is that the speed with which galaxies moving away from one another is now beginning to accelerate. Nothing in the physics that we understand can explain this observation. There must be a new, mysterious substance in the Universe which behaves unlike anything we know. We call this substance dark energy. I will describe what we currently know about dark energy, and explain how tabletop experiments in the laboratory are helping us to understand what is happening on the largest scales in the universe.
About Clare Burrage
Clare Burrage is an Associate Professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Nottingham. She currently holds a Leverhulme Trust Research Leadership Award and a Royal Society University Research Fellowship. Previously she was an Anne McLaren Fellow at Nottingham, and held postdoctoral positions at the Université de Genève and DESY in Hamburg. She obtained her PhD in 2008 from the University of Cambridge. In 2015 she was awarded the Maxwell Medal by the Institute of Physics.