Can you detect dark energy in the laboratory?

Series: 
The London Relativity and Cosmology Seminar
Speaker: 
Clare Burrage (Nottingham)
Date: 
November 6th, 2013 at 16:30
Room: 
Maths 103
Abstract: 

Attempts to explain the current acceleration of the expansion of the Universe typically introduce new scalar degrees of freedom that we call dark energy.  Detecting dark energy and understanding its properties is therefore a vital part of understanding how to resolve the cosmological constant problem.  Dark energy scalar fields will interact with Standard Model fields.  In this talk I will discuss these interactions and their phenomenological consequences, with the goal of finding a way to detect dark energy in the laboratory.