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Nobel Prize-winning scientist Perlmutter to lecture at U of M on July 29

2011 Physics Nobel Laureate Saul Perlmutter to discuss "Supernovae, Dark Energy, and Our Accelerating Universe"

July 23, 2013

Nobel Prize-winning scientist Saul Perlmutter will talk about the expansion of the Universe and its relationship to dark energy at a special public lecture at 8 p.m. Monday, July 29 at the University of Minnesota Coffman Memorial Union, Great Hall, 300 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis. The event is free and open to the public. The lecture is in conjunction with the Particle Physics Community Summer Study hosted at the University of Minnesota.

Perlmutter is an American cosmologist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and a professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley. He is best known for his groundbreaking research with supernovae that led to the discovery that the expansion of the Universe is accelerating, an unexpected result that is attributed to a mysterious "dark energy" that pervades the Universe.

Perlmutter shared the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics for this discovery, and has numerous other awards including the Department of Energy's E. O. Lawrence Award in Physics, the California Scientist of the Year Award, and the Shaw Prize in Astronomy. Perlmutter received pop culture status when he was mentioned during a 2011 episode of the CBS television hit comedy "The Big Bang Theory."

In his lecture, Perlmutter will describe his research with Type Ia Supernovae, the exploding stars used as standard candles to measure the expansion of the Universe. He will also discuss the ongoing international research program that is trying to pin down the nature of the mysterious dark energy. After the lecture, Perlmutter will answer questions from the audience.

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