The "Standard" Model of Cosmology ... and Open Questions

Professor Bharat Ratra (host Cowsik), Kansas State University
February 28, 2018 at 4:00 pm
204 Crow
Event Description 

Experiments and observations over the last two decades have provided strong support for a "standard" model of cosmology that describes the evolution of the universe from an early epoch of inflation to the complex hierarchy of structure seen today. I review the basic physics, astronomy, and history of ideas on which this model is based. I describe the data which persuade cosmologists that (as yet undetected) dark energy and dark matter are by far the main components of the energy budget of the universe. I conclude with a list of open cosmological questions.

Coffee: 3:30 pm, 245 Compton