Syllabus (from 2013)
Reading (from 2013)
Videos on reserve
The Universe began in the gigantic explosion of the Big Bang,
but will it end in the Big Crunch, as everything comes crashing back
together? Or in the Big Rip, when Dark Energy tears everything apart
atom by atom? The story of how the Universe came to be the way it is, and
how it might end, is a dramatic one, with many twists and turns, especially
in the development of human understanding. All along the way many disasters
await the unwary, including supernova explosions, wandering black holes
spaghettifying everything in their path, and asteroids and comets intersecting
Earth's orbit, not to mention the giant Andromeda galaxy barreling straight at us.
Join us as we explore the structure and evolution of our Universe and how string theory, extra dimensions, and the Higgs particle may play roles in understanding it. We will consider structure on many scales, from subnuclear to planetary, stellar, galactic, and beyond, including the latest data on the Higgs from the Large Hadron Collider, and give special emphasis to "Ellies", extinction-level events, the ultimate one being, of course, the end of the Universe itself.
|Colliding galaxies||Asteroid impact||Black-hole spaghettification||Supernova explosion||Jets from active galactic center|
|Cosmic microwave background radiation||Higgs production event at the LHC||Higgs decay 'bump' in two-photon production|
[Back to the top]
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this page are strictly
those of the page author. The contents of this page have not been reviewed or
approved by the University of Minnesota.