Conference talk Carlos Frenk

Carlos Frenk
Cosmology in our backyard

One of the most impressive advances in Physics in the past three decades is the development of the ``standard model of cosmology,'' LCDM (where L stands for Einstein's cosmological constant and CDM for cold dark matter). This model accounts for an impressive array of data on the structure of the Universe on large-scale scales, from a few gigaparsecs down to a few megaparsecs. On the scales of galaxies and clusters, however, the model cannot be tested with the same degree of rigour as on larger scales where microwave background radiation data and measures of galaxy clustering provide clean and well-understood diagnostics. Yet, it is precisely on these small scales that the nature of the dark matter manifests itself most clearly. I will discuss theoretical predictions for the small-scale structure of the universe which appear to be discrepant with recent kinematical data for satellite galaxies of the Milky Way. Possible solutions range from the relatively mundane - that the mass of our galaxy is smaller than is often thought - through exotic baryonic processes to the more radical assumption that the dark matter is not what the standard model assumes.

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 14:00 - 14:45