In this informal talk, Professor Ludovic Waerbeke from the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UBC will describe and discuss the dark constituents of the universe, how his research as a physicist and astronomer helps to probe these elusive components and what their connection to light might possibly be. Questions and discussion will be welcomed.
Ludovic Van Waerbeke is a cosmologist whose research focuses on the nature of dark matter and dark energy, the two dominant mysterious ingredients in the universe. He received a BSc in theoretical physics in 1992 from University Paris XI in France and a PhD in astrophysics in 1997. From 1997 to 2000 he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute in Garching, Germany and the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics in Toronto. From 2000 to 2004 he was a staff researcher at Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris. He has been a professor of physics and astronomy at UBC since 2004, and joined the Cosmology and Gravity program at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research in 2005. In 2015 he won an F. Bessel Award from the Alexander von Humboldt foundation in recognition for his work on gravitational lensing.
This event is part of the programming for A Terrible Signal: Megan Hepburn, Daniel Phillips, M.E. Sparks, Carolyn Stockbridge, Joseph Strohan, on exhibition from February 11 until April 1, 2017.