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The Extragalactic Background Light In The Fermi-LAT Era

Speaker:Dr. Alberto Dominguez
Affiliation:Universidad Complutense, Madrid
Date:September 2, 2019 (Monday)
Time:11:30 a.m.
Venue:Room 522, 5/F, Chong Yuet Ming Physics Building, HKU


The light emitted by all galaxies across the history of the Universe is encoded in the intensity of the extragalactic background light (EBL), the diffuse cosmic radiation field at ultraviolet, optical, and infrared wavelengths. The EBL is a source of opacity for high-energy gamma rays via pair production, leaving a characteristic attenuation imprint in the spectra of distant gamma-ray sources. In this talk, I will report on a new measurement of the EBL using gamma-ray data from both the Large Area Telescope on board the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope and ground-based Imaging Atmospheric Cherenkov Telescopes. This unprecedented measurement has allowed us to derive the cosmic star-formation history, the number density of faint galaxies during the re-ionization epoch, and also the expansion rate of the Universe and its matter content, all of this using independent and complementary methodologies to existing ones.

Coffee and tea will be served 20 minutes prior to the seminar.

Anyone interested is welcome to attend.