Measuring Dark Matter and Dark Energy with Gravitational Lensing

Hendrik Hildebrandt (University of British Columbia)
DESY Auditorium, 16.45 h

The standard model of cosmology, which emerged over the last 1-2 decades, yields the disturbing picture that ~95% of the energy density of the Universe is made up of dark matter and dark energy. These constituents have not been observed in the laboratory but their existence hints at new physics, i.e. beyond the standard model of particle physics. Gravitational lensing (GL) has been identified as one of the most promising techniques to study this dark sector of the Universe. Not only is GL capable of making dark matter `visible' in many different kinds of celestial objects, but it also has the potential of measuring the effects of dark energy. In this talk I will review the standard model of cosmology and show how GL measurements can reveal the distribution of matter in our galaxy, in other galaxies, and in galaxy clusters. Furthermore, I will describe how future large imaging surveys will constrain the nature of dark energy and test General Relativity by using the weak gravitational lensing effect of the large-scale-structure of the Universe.

application/pdf Poster (289KB)
application/pdf Transparencies (15.5 MB)