Institute of Astronomy

IoA Researcher awarded ERC Starting Grant

Published on 06/09/2023 

Dr Suhail Dhawan is one of three researchers at the University of Cambridge to be awarded this prestigious funding


The ERC project is aimed at developing new methods to measure the present day expansion rate of the universe, also known as the Hubble Constant, and its directional dependence to search for new fundamental physics beyond the standard cosmological model.

The project will use two independent methods, the lensing of light from faraway supernovae and halo stars in near universe galaxies to measure the Hubble constant with next generation observatories like the Vera C. Rubin Observatory and JWST. The current prediction from the standard model for the Hubble Constant disagrees with the precise, local universe measurements from pulsating stars.

This project will develop new methods to test whether this a sign of exotic new cosmology, or unknown systematics with current measurements 


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