I See a Darkness: Perlmutter on Discovering Dark Energy

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Saul Perlmutter

Saul Perlmutter is a professor in Berkeley's Department of Physics and a senior scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He is the leader of the Supernova Cosmology Project, an international collaboration of research teams from seven countries measuring the expansion history of the universe. He received his AB from Harvard in 1981 and his PhD in physics from UC Berkeley in 1986.

In 1997, physicist Saul Perlmutter was studying supernova explosions in order to get a sense of how fast the universe was expanding. But what he and his team discovered was unexpected. Rather than slowing down, our growing universe seemed to be gaining momentum, as if something was putting energy into the whole system. Here, he explains just how he came to the conclusion that won him the 2011 Nobel Prize in physics.

This program is part of the Big Ideas series.

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hilal ahmad
hilal ahmad

sir, which thing proves the existence of dark matter