Cosmology & Astrophysics
Greg Aldering was a noted asteroid hunter while still an undergraduate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but by the time he joined Berkeley Lab’s Physics Division in 1995 his interest had turned to cosmology. He has been a member of the Supernova Cosmology Project since 1995, well before its surprising discovery of dark energy, and he has led the Nearby Supernova Factory since its founding in 2001. He has discovered and classified many hundreds of supernovae.
Julian Borrill is the Group Leader of the Computational Cosmology Center, a Senior Scientist in the Computational Research Division at Berkeley Lab, and a Senior Research Physicist at the Space Sciences Laboratory at UC Berkeley. His current work is focused on developing and deploying the high performance computing tools that are needed to analyze the huge data sets being gathered by current Cosmic Microwave Background polarization experiments and extending these to coming generations of experiments and supercomputers.
Eric Linder is Co-Director of the Institute for Nuclear and Particle Astrophysics at Berkeley Lab and director of the Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics, a joint effort between the Lab and UC Berkeley. Linder is also head of the Theory Group of the Supernova/Acceleration Project (SNAP), a next generation satellite exploring dark energy and the accelerating universe, as well as providing a deep, wide, and colorful survey for astrophysics.