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Ordinary Meeting - Type Ia Supernovae as Standard Candles

Date: Friday 19 April 2013 - 8:00pm
Topic: Type Ia Supernovae as Standard Candles
Speaker: Mark Phillips, Las Campanas Observatory
Venue: Epping Creative Centre - 26 Stanley Road, Epping
Abstract: Supernovae are the explosive deaths of stars.  They are the primary source of the heavy elements in the Universe, including the basic elements of life.  In this talk, I will describe how we can use Type Ia supernovae to study the expansion of the Universe, with particular emphasis on the research I've carried out during my 30+ years in Chile.
Biography: Mark Phillips was born in San Diego, California, and received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1977.  His first postdoctoral appointment was at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO) in Chile. From 1980-1982, he was a research scientist at the Anglo-Australian Observatory, and in 1982 he returned to Chile to take a staff astronomer position at CTIO. In 1998, Mark joined the Carnegie Observatories where he currently serves as the Associate Director for the Magellan Telescopes. His early research was concentrated on active galactic nuclei and quasars but, with the discovery of SN 1987A in the Large Magellanic Cloud, he became immersed in the study of supernovae. Mark was a co-founder of the Calan/Tololo project which established the utility of Type Ia supernovae as cosmological standard candles. He was also a member of the High-Z Team which discovered the accelerating expansion of the Universe in 1998.

Event Date: 
Friday, 19 April, 2013 - 20:00
Epping Creative Centre, 26 Stanley Road, Epping NSW

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