Explore the Dark Side in Upcoming Live Webcast

During a live webcast March 2, theoretical cosmologist Katherine Freese will explore the mysterious dark side of our universe – dark matter and dark energy.

Feb. 18, 2016 (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) – The ordinary atoms that make up our known universe – from our bodies and the air we breathe to planets and galaxies – constitute just five percent of all matter and energy in the cosmos.

What’s the rest? Dark matter and dark energy, the invisible stuff occupying most of the universe, are among the most vexing puzzles in physics today.

On March 2, join theoretical cosmologist Katherine Freese as she discusses the theories physicists are employing to decode these pervasive but elusive forms of matter and energy.

The lecture, titled “The Dark Side of the Universe,” is part of the Perimeter Institute Public Lecture Series, and will be webcast live Wednesday March 2 at 7 PM EST on the Perimeter Institute website and via partner organizations.

Freese’s research touches on a wide range of topics in theoretical cosmology and astroparticle physics. She is particularly interested in identifying the dark matter and dark energy, as well as building a successful model for the early universe immediately after the big bang.

The George E. Uhlenbeck Professor of Physics at the University of Michigan, Freese also recently completed a term as the Director of Nordita – the Institute for Theoretical Physics of the Nordic countries in Stockholm. She has been a fellow or visiting professor at physics organizations around the world, including the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, CERN, the Max Planck Institute, and Perimeter Institute. Freese is also a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

Following her talk, Freese will answer questions from the online and in-house audience – including questions submitted prior to and during the talk via Facebook  and Twitter (using the hashtag #piLIVE). Questions are welcomed from everyone – aspiring scientific explorers, school classes, physics buffs, and general science enthusiasts.

Click here to sign up for a reminder to tune-in to the live webcast.

View past PI Public Lectures and events, and find further details about PI’s research, training, and outreach activities at www.perimeterinstitute.ca.





Institut Périmètre de Physique Théorique

L'Institut Périmètre est le plus grand centre de recherche en physique théorique au monde. Fondé en 1999, cet institut indépendant vise à favoriser les percées dans la compréhension fondamentale de notre univers, des plus infimes particules au cosmos tout entier. Les recherches effectuées à l’Institut Périmètre reposent sur l'idée que la science fondamentale fait progresser le savoir humain et catalyse l'innovation, et que la physique théorique d'aujourd'hui est la technologie de demain. Situé dans la région de Waterloo, cet établissement sans but lucratif met de l'avant un partenariat public-privé unique en son genre avec entre autres les gouvernements de l'Ontario et du Canada. Il facilite la recherche de pointe, forme la prochaine génération de pionniers de la science et communique le pouvoir de la physique grâce à des programmes primés d'éducation et de vulgarisation.




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