Supernovae and the Fate of the Universe

Peter E. Nugent, Scientific Computing Group, NERSC

Have you ever looked up at the night sky and wondered where we came from and where we are going? Over the past decade observations of supernovae have allowed us to start to answer that question by constraining the cosmological parameters whose values give us great insight as to the birth and fate of the universe. In this talk I will cover the accomplishments made in this field past over the past several years, highlighting the role that the new ‘Big’ telescopes and supercomputing have played in this endeavor. I will wind up the talk with what we hope to achieve in the next decade through two new projects: the Nearby Supernova Factory and the Supernova Acceleration Probe.

Abstract Author(s): Peter E. Nugent