Cosmology with Strong Gravitational Lensing

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 11:30 am - 11:30 am EST (GMT -05:00)

Astronomy Lunch Series

Sherry SuyuSherry Suyu 

Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics

Strong gravitational lenses with measured time delays between the multiple images can be used to determine the Hubble constant that sets the expansion rate of the Universe. Independent measurements of the Hubble constant are important for assessing whether the current tension, between the values inferred from the local universe and from the Cosmic Microwave Background, warrants new physics beyond the standard flat LambdaCDM model. I will describe various independent techniques for measuring the Hubble constant. A program initiated to measure the Hubble constant to