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Inner space meets outer space: covering the connections between cosmology and particle physics

Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 10:30
Theoretical Physics, 1 Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3NP

At this event the speakers examined the implications of recent astrophysical experiments for physics beyond the Standard Model, considering the connections between cosmology and particle theory.

The morning began with a preface from Prof Subir SarkarInner space meets outer space: Introduction, an overview of how the known laws of physics have enabled us to reconstruct the evolution of the universe from a hot Big Bang origin and the key questions that are still left unanswered. Click to see the Podcast and the PDF file.

One of these unanswered questions is the nature of the dark matter that dominates the universe and the second talk focussed on both experimental searches and theoretical ideas involving physics beyond the Standard Model. The most ambitious such extension is string theory and the third talk discussed possible novel astrophysical signatures of the new spatial dimensions which are invoked in such a framework. Finally the third talk discussed the recent discovery of very high energy cosmic neutrinos and the exciting prospects that are opened up for probing fundamental physics and cosmology.