Supernovae As Tools in the Quest to Understand Dark Energy

Saturday, February 18, 2017: 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Room 310 (Hynes Convention Center)
Daniel Scolnic, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
This session’s final speaker will discuss the surprising use of supernovae as tools for discovery. The uniform and high brightness of Type Ia supernovae make them very powerful objects for measuring vast distances across the universe. Supernovae were used to discover the phenomenon that is causing the universe to expand at an accelerated rate, and are vital tools in the quest to understand dark energy.