Dark Energy reviewed

3 February 2011

Dr Cyril Isenberg, our Kent Centre representative, introduced Dr John Kemp , the Secretary of the South East Kent Astronomical Society (SEKAS) to Professor Ofer Lahav (left to right in the picture) following the lecture in the University of Kent Rutherford lecture theatre on 1st February 2011.

Dr Cyril Isenberg, Dr John Kemp, Professor Ofer Lahav

Prof Lahev’s lecture considered one of the greatest mysteries in the whole of science; the prospect that 75% of the Universe is made from a mysterious substance known as 'Dark Energy', which causes an acceleration of the cosmic expansion. 

He also reviewed the current evidence for Dark Energy and future international projects such as the "Dark Energy Survey".

Ofer Lahav is Perren Professor of Astronomy and Head of Astrophysics at University College London (UCL). He is heavily involved in new large galaxy surveys. 

Among them is the international "Dark Energy Survey", where he coordinates the science activities of over 100 scientists in 5 countries. He is currently Vice-President of the Royal Astronomical and a holder of a Wolfson Royal Society research merit award.