CfA Colloquium Schedule Spring 2011
 5 May 2011

5 May 2011

Speaker: Saurabh Jha (Rutgers University)

Title: Bok Lecture: Cosmology with Supernovae: Progress and Prospects

Abstract:Type Ia supernovae (SN Ia) are exquisite tools with which to trace the history of cosmic expansion, and they have a starring role in attempts to understand the dark energy that drives our accelerating Universe. Current supernova samples have grown to a size where systematic uncertainties are beginning to dominate statistical ones. I will describe the factors that limit the precision of our cosmological inferences and avenues for improvement, with a focus on understanding the reddening of SN Ia (by dust or otherwise) and constraining SN Ia progenitor models through observations of peculiar objects. I will also discuss new applications of precise distances from SN Ia in current and upcoming surveys.


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