Free public lecture:
The Mysterious Universe
Exploring our world with particle accelerators

by Professor James E. Brau, Knight Professor of Natural Science, University of Oregon, and co-chair, American Linear Collider Physics Group


October 1, 2009, 7 pm
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
(Anthropology Lecture Hall 163)

The universe is dark and mysterious, more so than even Einstein imagined. While modern science has established deep understanding of the matter we know, it is the elements we don't know ("Dark Matter" and "Dark Energy") that dominate the structure of the universe, its behavior and its destiny. What are these curious elements? Scientists are now searching for answers to these and other challenging questions about the universe with experiments at particle accelerators on Earth, and with satellites in space. Results of this research may revolutionize our view of nature as dramatically as the theories of Einstein and other quantum pioneers one hundred years ago.

Prof. Brau's lecture is aimed at a general audience, high-school students are especially welcome. He will explain the mysteries, describe the facilities which explore them experimentally, and present our current understanding of the underlying science. The presentation will be at an introductory level, appropriate for anyone interested in physics and astronomy. This public lecture is part of a five-day, international conference on future accelerators, hosted by the University of New Mexico and organized by the American Linear Collider Physics Group.


Biographical information on Professor James E. Brau:

  • Knight Professor of Natural Science, Univ. of Oregon
  • Director, U. Oregon Center for High Energy Physics
  • co-chair American Linear Collider Physics Group, and Worldwide Study for future linear electron-positroncolliders
  • member of numerous national and international scientific advisory committees, including the Department of Energy/National Science Foundation, High Energy Physics Advisory Committee,and the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council


US Air Force Academy, BS Physics, and BS Mathematics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, SM and PhD, Physics
Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, postdoctoral research associate, 4 years
Oregon physics faculty since 1988

More information on the international conference on future accelerators: