'The Universe Beyond Einstein: Lessons from Primordial Messengers'

February 21, 2019

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A free public lecture titled "The Universe Beyond Einstein: Lessons from Primordial Messengers" will be given by Iván Agulló, an assistant professor of physics at Louisiana State University and a former postdoctoral fellow at Penn State, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, in 100 Huck Life Sciences Building (Berg Auditorium) on the Penn State University Park campus.

This presentation is among the six weekly lectures in the 2019 Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science. The overall theme of the 2019 series is "Cosmic Clues Open New Frontiers in Space Science." Registration is not required.

Agulló focuses his research efforts on expanding the theoretical framework for investigating mysteries that lurk in the very early universe, and also those that lurk in black holes — the most massive objects in the universe. The astrophysical puzzles he is trying to solve include some that have been described as "among the most compelling conceptions in modern physics."

Agulló will give a guided tour on efforts to combine general relativity with quantum mechanics for use as a new tool for understanding what really happened in the early universe. This research also seeks to discover how to use the cosmic microwave background as a way of testing this new model of the universe.

About the Lectures on the Frontiers of Science

The Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science is a program of the Penn State Eberly College of Science that is designed for the enjoyment and education of residents of the central Pennsylvania area and beyond. Financial support for the 2019 lectures is provided by the college and by its Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos. For more information or access assistance, contact the college's Office of Communications at 814-863-8453 or sci-comm@psu.edu. More information about the Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science, including some archived recordings of previous lectures, is online at http://science.psu.edu/news-and-events/lectures-and-events/frontiers.

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Last Updated February 22, 2019