In the February OCA meeting we will be treated to an evening of discussion centered around something that might not be on the observation log of many amateur astronomers, dark matter.
Cosmology is the study of the contents of the universe and how it came to be the way it is -- very large and with a lot of structure. Most of the matter in the universe (and in our own galaxy) is dark.
Pr. Manoj Kaplinghat of UC Irvine will explain why this fact is not as surprising as it might seem at first blush. But how do we infer properties of this Dark Matter particle? Could we detect it in the laboratory? And just what is this Dark Energy and how is it different from Dark Matter?
Manoj Kaplinghat received his doctorate in physics from Ohio State University in 1999. He has been a research associate at the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago (1999-2001) and in the Department of Physics at UC Davis (2001-2004). He is a theoretical cosmologist. His primary research interest involves the study of the cosmic microwave background. He has also worked on a number of other cosmological problems.