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CosmoESPRESSO: First results

Carlos J. A. P. Martins

The observational evidence for the acceleration of the universe demonstrates that canonical theories of gravitation and particle physics are incomplete (and possibly incorrect) and that currently unknown physics is out there, waiting to be discovered. The next generation of astrophysical facilities must search for, identify and ultimately characterise this new physics.

CosmoESPRESSO is an FCT-funded project which is pursuing these goals through the ESPRESSO spectrograph together with other ground and space facilities. In the first part of the seminar I will introduce the key goals of the project, and highlight some early results. In the second part I will present one of the project's more ambitous goals: a 3-year effort to directly involve more than one hundred high-school students, from about a dozen schools across continental Portugal, in scientific research.

2019 January 23, 13:30

Centro de Astrofísica da Universidade do Porto (Auditorium)
Rua das Estrelas, 4150-762 Porto

Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia COMPETE 2020 PORTUGAL 2020 União Europeia