Supernova Cosmology Project

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The Supernova Cosmology Project is one of two research teams that determined the likelihood of an accelerating universe and therefore a positive cosmological constant, using data from the redshift of Type Ia supernovae.[1] The project is headed by Saul Perlmutter at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, with members from Australia, Chile, France, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

This discovery was named "Breakthrough of the Year for 1998" by Science Magazine[2] and, along with the High-z Supernova Search Team, the project team won the 2007 Gruber Prize in Cosmology[3] and the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics.[4] In 2011, Perlmutter was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for this work, alongside Adam Riess and Brian P. Schmidt from the High-z team.[5]

Project Members[edit]

The team members are:[4][6]


  1. ^ Goldhaber, Gerson (2009). "The Acceleration of the Expansion of the Universe: A Brief Early History of the Supernova Cosmology Project (SCP)". AIP Conference Proceedings. 1166: 53. arXiv:0907.3526. Bibcode:2009AIPC.1166...53G. doi:10.1063/1.3232196.
  2. ^ Cosmic Motion Revealed Science 282(5397), 2156-2157
  3. ^ Gruber Foundation Prize in Cosmology Press Release
  4. ^ a b Recipients Of The 2015 Breakthrough Prizes In Fundamental Physics And Life Sciences Announced
  5. ^ "Nobel physics prize honours accelerating Universe find". BBC News. 2011-10-04.
  6. ^ Gruber Foundation: Saul Perlmutter & the Supernova Cosmology Project

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