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Public Lecture | Cosmological Inflation, the Multiverse, and more: Views of a Skeptic

Tuesday April 16th at 7PM

Please join us for a public talk describing the basics of Cosmology and the role of Inflation in the Early Universe, as well as the fascinating open problems in the study of Cosmology which are now the subject of current research. Many people are aware that the Universe is expanding, and may have heard of the searches for ‘Dark Energy’ and ‘Dark Matter’. In this talk, Dr. Demos Kazanas will present a basic overview of standard (Newtonian) cosmology, the problems of initial conditions, including Horizons and flatness and how Inflation provides a resolution. The cost of this approach is that of the Multiverse, an infinite set of independent universe islands like the one we perceive. Dr. Kazanas will discuss his personal take on the resolution to these problems.

The event is free and open to the public. There will be time after the lecture (of about 1 hour) for Q&A with the speaker. The event will be held in room 401 on the fourth floor of the Physics Building. A campus map is here, and a google map in which you can input your address for directions is here. Visitor Parking is available in the Commons Garage.

About the Speaker: Demosthenes Kazanas is an astrophysicist researcher working at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. In 1980s, he was one of the first people to mention the idea of cosmological inflation, a theory of the exponential expansion of space in the early universe. Recently, he was part of a research that discovered the magnetic origin of black hole winds across the mass scale. Dr. Kazanas was born in 1950 in Kavala, Greece. He completed his B.Sc. at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 1973 and then his M.S. and his the University of Chicago in 1975 and 1978 respectively. Dr. Kazanas is currently a senior researcher at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. His research areas are High Energy Astrophysics (The physics of compact accreting sources), the Gravitational Collapse (effects of neutrinos in gravitational collapse) and Alternative Gravitational Theories (Conformal gravity and astrophysical applications in galactic rotation curves).




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