PUBlic Professor Series | Dr. Saurya Das

March 24, 2022

Saurya Das, Physics & Astronomy

Join physics and astronomy professor, Dr. Saurya Das, as he explores

Our Universe: its beginning, flow and end

Thursday, March 24, 2022 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Event Location: Pending

Humankind has always wondered about the fundamental contents, evolution and fate of our Universe. Fortunately, observations over the last few decades have shown beyond a reasonable doubt that it was very small in the past, it is expanding at an accelerating rate and that 95% of its contents are dark, i.e. cannot be observed directly. Yet questions remain as to how our Universe began, if indeed there was a beginning, what the constituents of dark matter and dark energy are, and its ultimate fate. One would also like to understand why it has been observed to be incredibly homogeneous and isotropic (i.e. looks the same everywhere in all directions) at large distance scales and why the amounts of dark matter and dark energy densities are roughly equal in the current epoch. However, there is no a priori reason for them to be so. In this talk, I will explain what is known about our Universe and present some new ideas to address the above questions.

Saurya Das did his PhD in Theoretical Physics from The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai, India, in 1998. Following this, he worked as a post-doctoral fellow at The Penn State University, the University of Winnipeg and the University of New Brunswick. He then joined the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Lethbridge, in 2003 as an Assistant Professor, where he has been a full professor since 2013. He is an Affiliate Member of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, an Executive Member of Quantum Alberta, Steering Committee Member of the Alberta Government sponsored Major Innovation Fund on Quantum Technologies, a member of the International LISA Space mission consortium and the European COST action on Quantum Gravity Phenomenology in the Multi Messenger approach. His primary areas of research are Quantum Gravity Theory and Phenomenology, Cosmology and Quantum Information Theory. His group was one of the first to show that Quantum Gravity effects should be present and potentially detectable in practically all quantum systems. Das has published over 100 research articles in international journals and co-authored a book on Symmetry, Relativity and Quantum Mechanics. His research has been continuously funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and other sources.