Solving the dark energy mystery: A new sky survey assignment for a 45-year-old telescope

Robert Kehoe

Solving the dark energy mystery: A new sky survey assignment for a 45-year-old telescope

SMU and other members of a scientific consortium prepare for installation of the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument to survey the night sky from a mile-high mountain peak in Arizona As part of a large scientific consortium studying dark energy, SMU physicists are on course to help create the largest 3-D map of the universe ever [...]

KDFW Fox 4: NASA discovers seven earth-like planets relatively near

DFW Fox 4 TV reporter Steve Eagar expressed "nerd-level" excitement about NASA's announcement Feb. 22 of the discovery of seven new Earth-like planets. Eagar interviewed SMU professor Robert Kehoe, who leads the SMU astronomy team from the Department of Physics.

SMU physicists: CERN’s Large Hadron Collider is once again smashing protons, taking data

CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and its experiments are back in action, now taking physics data for 2016 to get an improved understanding of fundamental physics.

Nearby massive star explosion 30 million years ago equaled brightness of 100 million suns

A giant star that exploded 30 million years ago in a galaxy near Earth had a radius prior to going supernova that was 200 times larger than our sun, say astrophysicists at SMU. The massive explosion, Supernova 2013j, was one of the closest to Earth in recent years. Analysis of the exploding star's light curve and color spectrum found its sudden blast hurled material from it at 10,000 kilometers a second.

SMU 2015 research efforts broadly noted in a variety of ways for world-changing impact

SMU scientists and their research have a global reach that is frequently noted, beyond peer publications and media mentions. It was a good year for SMU faculty and student research efforts. Here's a small sampling of public and published acknowledgements during 2015, ranging from research modeling that made the cover of a scientific journal to research findings presented as evidence at government hearings.

Physicists tune Large Hadron Collider to find “sweet spot” in high-energy proton smasher

New launch of the world's most powerful particle accelerator is the most stringent test yet of our accepted theories of how subatomic particles work and interact

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