Colloquium

The Cluster Lensing And Supernova survey with Hubble

The Cluster Lensing And Supernova survey with Hubble (CLASH) combines the gravitational lensing power of 25 massive clusters with the panchromatic imaging power of HST. It's four primary scientific objectives are 1) map, with unprecedented accuracy, the distribution of dark matter in galaxy clusters and place constraints on the nature of the dark matter, 2) detect Type Ia supernovae out to redshift z ~ 2, allowing us to test the constancy of dark energy's repulsive force over time and look for any evolutionary effects in the supernovae themselves, 3) detect and characterize some of the most distant galaxies yet discovered at z > 7 (when the Universe was younger than 800 million years old, and 4) study the internal structure and evolution of the galaxies in and behind these clusters. I will present the major highlights from the survey and it rich publicly available data.

Followed by wine and cheese in Pupin 1402.

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