SC213: Dark Matter in the Universe – Class presentation and class videos available

Dark Matter

What is 96% of everything?

Dark matter has been known to be the gravitationally dominant component of matter in the universe since the 1930s. It dominates the formation of galaxies and large scale structure of the universe and is detectable in the structure in the cosmic microwave background radiation.

January 9 – Presenter: Kevork Abazajian, Ph.D., is an Astronomer in the UC Irvine Dept. of Physics and Astronomy studying dark matter, dark energy, and cosmology. Professor Abazajian  discussed the preponderance of evidence for dark matter as well as current efforts in determining what it is from astrophysics and cosmological studies.

January 17, 2014 – Presenter: Professor Tait Tim Tait, Ph.D., is a Particle Physics Theorist in the UC Irvine Dept. of Physics and Astronomy working on the theory for detecting dark matter at the LHC, in satellites, and in underground experiments. He will describe the search for the mysterious dark matter that makes up the bulk of the mass of the Universe.  While we can infer dark matter’s existence through the gravity it creates, understanding its identity and where it fits into a model of particle physics requires that we observe its interactions with ordinary matter.  Experiments such as the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva Switzerland offer a unique opportunity to search for dark matter, and may hold the key to its nature.

Developer: Dennis Silverman

Time: 10:00 AM

Location: Woodbridge Onken Classroom

View class presentation and class videos by clicking the links below.

http://kev.ps.uci.edu/~aba/OLLI_Abazajian_2014.pdf

There are links to the videos in the PDF, which are available on YouTube. And here are the links independently:

The Known Universe: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17jymDn0W6U&feature=youtu.be

The Sloan Digital Sky Survey Fly Through: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGe475zySrM&feature=youtu.be

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