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Abstract


Cosmic dust has a huge impact on our view of the Universe, yet its origin is still a mystery. Massive stars, which live fast and die young, culminating in an explosion (supernovae), could provide a rapid source of dust grains and explain the dusty galaxies seen in the early Universe.  Our observations which detected heat directly from cool dust suggest that supernovae are indeed prolific dust factories.  Here, we discuss some alternative explanations including "weird" dust, which led to the first 3-D image of a supernova and the largest polarized dust signal ever detected.  This research provides a tantalizing glimpse into the formation of the first solid particles in the Universe.




4 November 2009 Large Chemistry Lecture Theatre, Cardiff University

Smoking Supernovae: the controversy over the origin of cosmic dust


Dr Haley Gomez  BSc PhD

School of Physics & Astronomy, Cardiff  University

(Open to members of Cardiff Astronomical Society)

Chaos in the Universe


Dr Edward Gomez


School of Physics & Astronomy, Cardiff University

School of Physics & Astronomy, Cardiff  University

(Open to members of Cardiff Astronomical Society)

Due to ill health, Dr Haley Gomez’s lecture will be replaced by