Epic colloquium: How Fermilab changed the course of cosmology

Rocky Kolb

Michael Turner

On March 29, two favorite Fermilab alumni — Rocky Kolb and Mike Turner — will be the speakers at what we are billing as an epic Fermilab Colloquium. The 90-minute talk, “How Fermilab Changed the Course of Cosmology,” will be held in Ramsey Auditorium at 3:30 p.m.

Rocky and Mike, both currently at the University of Chicago, will discuss the current state of our understanding of the universe, the big, open questions facing both particle physics and cosmology, and the history of the cosmic frontier at Fermilab.

Fermilab played the leading role in creating a new approach in cosmological research, one that involved the fusion of modern particle physics and astronomical cosmology. This fusion resulted in the current cosmological paradigm, with its dark matter, dark energy and early epoch of accelerated expansion, known as inflation. Fermilab scientists changed the cosmological conversation forever and merged the frontiers of particle physics and astrophysics/cosmology.

Along the way, Fermilab hosted the first meeting that brought together particle physicists and astronomers (Inner Space/Outer Space), brought Russian physicist Yakov B. Zel’dovich to Batavia for his first and only visit to the United States, spearheaded the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and its successor the Dark Energy Survey, and trained many leaders of the field today.

Don’t miss this special talk, a fitting Colloquium for our 50th anniversary, in which we look back at the lab’s notable accomplishments.

Chris Stoughton is a Fermilab scientist who worked with Rocky Kolb and Michael Turner on the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and is currently working on Muon g-2.