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Astrophysicists To Probe Dark Matter In Sunny California


Uncloaking the secrets of dark matter in the universe is a cosmological conundrum puzzling some of the brightest astrophysicists. An upcoming conference, sponsored by the American Astronomical Society and organized by Rochester Institute of Technology professor Sukanya Chakrabarti, will probe the mass that does not absorb or emit light, and which is never seen, only inferred by its gravitational effects on other objects.

“The idea is to bring together people working on different probes of dark matter from dynamics, which is my area, to gravitational lensing, to indirect probes of dark matter like gamma ray radiation and to get everyone together,” says Chakrabarti, assistant professor in RIT’s School of Physics and Astronomy.

Computational astrophysicist Chakrabarti developed the “tidal analysis” method for probing dark matter while on a post-doctoral fellowship at UC Berkeley in 2009. An observational data set of the Milky Way compiled by a graduate student inspired her current research.

Full Story: http://www.rit.edu/news/story.php?id=49895

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  1. April 3, 2013 at 9:32 pm
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