The CSCE: An Interdisciplinary
Center at Michigan State
together astronomers, nuclear physicists and particle physicists to study the
Evolution of the Cosmos.
The observational astronomy
component of the CSCE is centered around MSU's share of the SOAR 4.1m optical/infrared telescope.
We will use this guaranteed-access observing time in collaborations between the
astronomy group, the nuclear
astrophysicists at the National
Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, and particle physicists in MSU's High Energy Physics Group, who together make
up the CSCE. This will foster joint observational and theoretical studies of:
- the transition from low
amplitude perturbations at the time of decoupling (when the Universe was
only 350,000 yrs old) to the highly structured Universe that surrounds us
- the detailed evolution of
galaxies and galaxy clusters as steps in this growth of structure.
- the fundamental nature of the
dark matter and dark energy which together control the overall course of
- the evolution of the chemical
makeup of the Universe as a result of these driving processes.
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