Dragan Huterer, University of Michigan
Dark Energy and the Accelerating Universe
Physics Division Colloquium - 13 February 2009

One of the great mysteries of modern cosmology is the origin and nature of dark energy - a smooth component that contributes about 75% of the total energy density in the universe and causes its accelerated expansion. Although discovered just a decade ago, dark energy has recently been confirmed via several independent cosmological probes; nevertheless, there are no good theoretical leads as to its physical provenance. In this talk I examine critically various approaches to measure the macroscopic properties of dark energy, and describe methods to model the expansion history of the universe in the presence of dark energy.

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