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Testing general relativity with cosmology









Kavli Royal Society Centre, Chicheley Hall, Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, MK16 9JJ



Organised by Professor Pedro Ferreira, Professor Rachel Bean and Professor Andrew Taylor

If General Relativity holds true then the majority of the Universe’s matter is exotic and unknown. With current developments in theoretical physics, alternatives to Einstein’s theory have begun to emerge. Furthermore, the coming decade promises wide-ranging, cutting edge experiments on cosmic scales. For the first time in almost a century we will begin to test Einstein’s theory and its rivals by comparing them to our ever more precise understanding of the Universe.

Programme available to download here (PDF).

The proceedings of this meeting are scheduled to be published in a future issue of Philosophical Transactions A.

Biographies and audio recordings are available below.

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Schedule of talks

Day 1 – Monday 28 February 2011

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Professor Pedro Ferreira, University of Oxford, UK

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Constraining the cosmic growth history with large scale structure

Professor Rachel Bean, Cornell University, USA

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One gravitational potential or two? Forecasts and tests

Professor Edmund Bertschinger, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

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Cosmological tests of gravity

Dr Constantinos Skordis, University of Nottingham, UK

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Testing modified gravity with next generation weak lensing experiments

Dr Thomas Kitching, University of Edinburgh, UK

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Model independent tests of cosmic gravity

Professor Eric Linder, University of California at Berkeley, USA

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Testing general relativity: from local to cosmological scales

Professor Jean-Philippe Uzan, University of Cape Town, South Africa and Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris, CNRS, France

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Probing gravity in the non-linear regime of large-scale structure

Dr Fabian Schmidt, California Institute of Technology, USA

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What do we really know about dark energy?

Dr Ruth Durrer, University of Geneva, Switzerland

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Redshift-space distortions

Dr Will Percival, University of Portsmouth, UK

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Day 2 – Tuesday 1 March 2011

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Tensor-vector-scalar modified gravity: from small scale to cosmology

Professor Jacob Bekenstein, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem

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Modifying gravity: you can't always get what you want

Professor Glenn Starkman, Case Western Reserve University, USA

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Is the universe homogeneous?

Professor Roy Maartens, University of Western Cape, South Africa & University of Portsmouth, UK

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Confirmation of the Copernican principle at Gpc radial scale and above

Professor Pengjie Zhang, Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

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Cosmological tests with upcoming lensing and spectroscopic surveys

Professor Bhuvnesh Jain, University of Pennsylvania, USA

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A gravitational puzzle

Professor Robert Caldwell, Dartmouth College, USA

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Testing general relativity with cosmology Kavli Royal Society Centre, Chicheley Hall Newport Pagnell Buckinghamshire MK16 9JJ