Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 1:00PM
Museum of London

The Search for Dark Matter

Professor Carolin Crawford

Unlike the stars and galaxies, dark matter does not give off any radiation – we can only detect it through its gravitational pull. It accounts for a quarter of the Universe, yet we do not yet understand what it is made of. The search for a better understanding of dark matter is carried out both out in space and deep underground, and where astrophysics meets particle physics.

 

professor-carolin-crawford

Outreach Officer at the Institute of Astronomy and Fellow of Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge, and Emeritus Gresham Professor of Astronomy, Carolin Crawford is one of Britain's foremost science communicators.

After receiving her PhD from Newnham College, Cambridge, Professor Crawford went on to a series of fellowships from Balliol College, Oxford, Trinity Hall, Cambridge and the Royal Society. In 2004 she was appointed as a Fellow and College Lecturer at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where she is now also the undergraduate Admissions Tutor for the Physical Sciences. Since 2005 she has combined her college role with that of Outreach Officer at the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge.

Professor Crawford’s primary research interests are in combining X-ray, optical and near-infrared observations to study the physical processes occurring around massive galaxies at the core of clusters of galaxies. In particular, she observes the complex interplay between the hot intra-cluster medium, filaments of warm ionized gas, cold molecular clouds, star formation and the radio plasma flowing out from the central supermassive black hole.

In 2009 Professor Crawford’s outstanding abilities at science communication were recognized by a Women of Outstanding Achievement Award by the UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology, presented for “communication of science with a contribution to society.”

Appointed as the 36th Gresham Professor of Astronomy in 2011, Professor Crawford delivered a series of free public lectures where she carried out her intention “to showcase the very latest developments and ideas in astronomy and cosmology, whilst putting them into the context of the process of scientific discovery.”

All of Professor Crawford's past Gresham lectures can be accessed here.

Read More
Read Less

Transcript

22 October 2014

The Search for Dark Matter
Professor Carolin Crawford

View PDF
Print
Related Future Lectures
Related Past Lectures
WATCHED

Bug World: Sex, Violence and a Cast of Billions

Professor George McGavin
Tuesday, 13 September 2016 - 6:00PM
WATCHED

The Zika Virus, Dengue and the Yellow Fever Mosquito

Professor Francis Cox DSc
Thursday, 15 September 2016 - 6:00PM
WATCHED

Proving Einstein Right

Professor Ian Morison
Tuesday, 27 September 2016 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Black Holes

Professor Joseph Silk
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Scratching the Surface? Looking from Space at Human Impact on Earth

Professor Carolyn Roberts
Thursday, 13 October 2016 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Are you the Customer or the Product?

Professor Martyn Thomas CBE
Tuesday, 18 October 2016 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Big Data: The Broken Promise of Anonymisation

Professor Martyn Thomas CBE
Tuesday, 14 June 2016 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Development, Developers and the Water Environment

Professor Carolyn Roberts
Thursday, 12 May 2016 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Cybersecurity

Professor Martyn Thomas CBE
Tuesday, 3 May 2016 - 6:00PM
WATCHED

Our Future Off Earth

Professor Christopher Impey
Tuesday, 26 April 2016 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Britain's Damaged Rivers

Professor Carolyn Roberts
Thursday, 7 April 2016 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

The Dark Side of the Universe

Professor Joseph Silk
Wednesday, 6 April 2016 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a conference

A Cosmic Perspective: Panel Discussion

Professor Lord Rees of Ludlow FRS
Tuesday, 25 August 2015 - 7:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

The Next Big Questions

Professor Carolin Crawford
Wednesday, 1 April 2015 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Small Bodies of the Solar System

Professor Carolin Crawford
Wednesday, 4 March 2015 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

The Early Universe

Professor Carolin Crawford
Wednesday, 4 February 2015 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

The Sun, our Nearest Star

Professor Carolin Crawford
Wednesday, 3 December 2014 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

The Transient Universe

Professor Carolin Crawford
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

The Next Big Questions

Professor Carolin Crawford
Wednesday, 1 April 2015 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Small Bodies of the Solar System

Professor Carolin Crawford
Wednesday, 4 March 2015 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

The Early Universe

Professor Carolin Crawford
Wednesday, 4 February 2015 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

The Sun, our Nearest Star

Professor Carolin Crawford
Wednesday, 3 December 2014 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

The Transient Universe

Professor Carolin Crawford
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

How the Earth Moves

Professor Carolin Crawford
Wednesday, 2 April 2014 - 1:00PM