We owe our very existence to dark matter. Galaxies as we know them, stars, planets, and people would not exist without its presence. Yet we still have very little understanding of its nature and origin.
Equally mysterious is the so-called 'dark energy', which is believed to be an exotic fluid that fills empty space and is thought to be driving the recently-discovered accelerating expansion rate of the Universe. What is the physical origin of dark energy and how does it evolve with time? The answer to these questions rule the fate of our Universe.
Liverpool John Moores University’s Astrophysics Research Institute (ARI) has been awarded 1.7 million euros from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme* to work on finding the answers.
By comparing theory to data, scientists are hoping to crack this mystery.