Shedding Light on the Dark Cosmos through Gravitational Lensing
Prof. Dr. Sherry Suyu (Technische Universität München and MPI für Astrophysik, Garching)
Gravitational lensing provides powerful means to study dark energy and dark matter in the Universe. In particular, strong lens systems with measured time delays between the multiple images can be used to determine the "time-delay distance" to the lens, which is primarily sensitive to the Hubble constant and hence the present-day expansion rate of the Universe. Measuring the Hubble constant is crucial for inferring properties of dark energy, spatial curvature of the Universe and neutrino physics. I will describe the ingredients and newly developed techniques for measuring accurately time-delay distances with a realistic account of systematic uncertainties. A program initiated to measure the Hubble constant to <3.5% in precision from gravitational lens time delays is in progress, and I will present the latest results and their implications. Search is underway to find more time-delay lenses in ongoing imaging surveys. An exciting discovery of the first strongly lensed supernova has offered a rare opportunity to perform a true blind test of our modeling techniques. I will show the bright prospects of gravitational lens time delays as an independent and competitive cosmological probe.
Student event: Meet the speaker
We invite you to a student-only discussion-round with Prof. Dr. Sherry Suyu before his Munich Physics Colloquium talk. Be curious and feel free to ask any question.
Monday, 30th of April 2018, 16:00 h, Room H 522 (5th floor), Fakultät für Physik der LMU, Schellingstraße 4, München.