February 8, 2017

12:00PM - 1:00PM
Irvine Auditorium
Cafe 58
3401 Spruce Street
  • Mark Trodden

    Fay R. and Eugene L. Langberg Professor of Physics, Physics Department Chair, Co-Director for the Penn Center for Particle Cosmology
  • Bhuvnesh Jain

    Walter H. and Leonore C. Annenberg Professor in the Natural Sciences, Co-Director of the Penn Center for Particle Cosmology

Beyond Einstein? Gravity and the Search for New Physics

Knowledge by the Slice

One of the central goals of physics is to discover the fundamental particles of nature and to uncover the basic laws that describe their behavior. The recent Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) observation of gravitational waves emitted by colliding black holes represents the dawn of the age of gravitational wave astronomy. It has highlighted the role that tests of gravitational physics can play in this endeavor, beautifully complementing the work of particle physicists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s most powerful microscope. Astronomical measurements of the distribution and lensing of galaxies have opened up their own window onto fundamental physics. A suite of ongoing experiments are pursuing the possibility that a breakdown of Einstein’s General Relativity might provide our first glimpse into the physics of dark matter, dark energy, extra dimensions, string theory, or other new theories which attempt to solve outstanding puzzles in physics.

Penn Arts and Sciences' long-running Knowledge by the Slice series offers educational talks led by insightful faculty experts. Did we mention there's pizza? So come for the discussion and have a slice on us. 

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