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Chris Fassnacht (UC Davis) "Cosmological parameters from strong gravitational lenses"

May 17, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Recent measurements of the Hubble Constant (H_0) through distance
ladder techniques have revealed a noticeable tension with the
Planck H_0 value that was obtained under the assumption of the cosmological
“standard model”, i.e., a flat Lambda cold dark matter cosmology. Is this
tension an indication that modifications to the standard model are
necessary, or is it the sign of unknown systematic effects in one or
both of the techniques? To address this question requires additional
high-precision measurements with techniques that are independent of
the distance ladder. The time delay strong lensing technique, in
which gravitational lensing by a massive galaxy produces multiple
images of a time-variable quasar, fulfills these requirements. I will
present recent results from the H0licow program, in which the analysis
of just three time-delay strong lenses has produced a 3.8% measurement
of H_0, and discuss the implications for other cosmological parameters,
including those describing dark energy. I will also discuss the
future prospects of this technique in the era of large sky surveys and
extremely large telescopes.


May 17, 2018
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


50A-5132 (Sessler Conference Room)