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Conference on Shedding Light on the Dark Universe with Extremely Large Telescopes

TMT will participate in the upcoming "Shedding Light on the Dark Universe with Extremely Large Telescopes" Conference, hosted by the International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP ), in Trieste, Italy - July 2-6  2018.

This Conference will bring together an international group of experts to review the current state of the art in the study of dark energy and dark matter and discuss how best to use giant telescopes to learn about their fundamental nature.  It is the third of a series of three conferences, the previous ones were in Lanzhou (China) and UCLA.

This conference aims to address the following questions:

  • What are the most promising observations that will be enabled by giant telescopes? What capabilities are required?
  • What are they key synergies between giant telescopes and other facilities? What are the areas and topics where a concerted effort will yield far superior results than the sum of all parts?
  • What theoretical work is needed in preparation for first light? What are the limitations in our understanding that need to be overcome?
  • What calculations are required in order to make testable predictions and interpret the results of future astronomical observations?

The next decade promise to be transformative for our understanding of dark matter and dark energy. The dark universe is a major scientific driver of several major astronomical facilities that have just become operational, are in construction or in the planning stages. In the same timeframe, the next generation of giant (20-30m) optical infrared ground based telescope will achieve first light, providing scientists general observer facilities of unprecedented power.

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  • Category: Conference
  • Date: July 2nd, 2018 - July 6th, 2018
  • Time: 09:00AM -05:00PM
  • Location: Trieste, Italy