The Nobel Prize in Physics for 2011 has been awarded with one half to Professor Saul Perlmutter and the other half to Professors Brian P. Schmidt and Adam G. Riess.
The two teams located and identified 50 distant supernovae that were suitable for measuring the light intensity from, to find signs that the expansion of the Universe was slowing down. They found that the light from these supernovae was weaker than expected, leading to the conclusion that the expansion of the Universe is not slowing down but is in fact accelerating.
The implication of this discovery is that three quarters of the Universe is an unknown form of energy, which together with equally unknown dark matter, constitutes 95 % of the Universe. Only the remaining 5 % is regular matter of galaxies, stars, and planets.
Professor Saul Perlmutter, of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and University of California, Berkeley, USA; Professor Brian P. Schmidt, of Australian National University, Weston Creek, Australia; and Professor Adam G. Riess, of Johns Hopkins University and Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, USA, are all published Wiley authors.
“We are honored to be able to count Professors Perlmutter, Schmidt and Riess among our authors and congratulate the laureates for this recognition of their work and discoveries, which changed our view of the universe,” said Dr. Jon Walmsley, Vice President & Managing Director, Physical Science.
All three laureates have written articles for the Wiley journals Annals of the NY Academy of Science and Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.
Professors Perlmutter, Schmidt and Riess join a selection of Wiley authors who have won Nobel Prizes and this year’s award means that there are a total of 79 laureates in Physics who have published with Wiley.
► Papers by Perlmutter
- A Supernova at z = 0.458 and Cosmology
S. Perlmutter, C. Pennypacker, G. Goldhaber, A. Goobar, R. Muller et al.
Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1993, 688(1), 554–557.
- The First Data from the MACHO Experiment
D. P. Bennett, C. Akerlof, C. Alcock, R. Allsman, T. Axelrod et al.
Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1993, 688(1), 612–618.
- The Hubble diagram of type Ia supernovae as a function of host galaxy morphology
M. Sullivan, R. S. Ellis, G. Aldering, R. Amanullah, P. Astier et al.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 2003, 340(4), 1057–1075.
- The dependence of Type Ia Supernovae luminosities on their host galaxies
M. Sullivan, A. Conley, D. A. Howell, J. D. Neill, P. Astier et al.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 2010, 406(2), 782–802.
- Supernova Legacy Survey: using spectral signatures to improve Type Ia supernovae as distance indicators
E. S. Walker, I. M. Hook, M. Sullivan, D. A. Howell, P. Astier et al.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 2011, 410(2), 1262–1282.
► Papers by Schmidt
- The broad-lined Type Ic supernova 2003jd
S. Valenti, S. Benetti, E. Cappellaro, F. Patat, P. Mazzali et al.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 2008, 383(4), 1485–1500.
- Spectral diversity of Type Ia supernovae
J. Berian James, Tamara M. Davis, Brian P. Schmidt, Alex G. Kim,
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 2006, 370(2), 933–940.
- Swift and optical observations of GRB 050401
M. De Pasquale, A. P. Beardmore, S. D. Barthelmy, P. Boyd, D. N. Burrows,
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 2006, 365(3), 1031–1038.
- The correlation between star formation and 21-cm emission during the reionization epoch
J. Stuart B. Wyithe, Abraham Loeb, Brian P. Schmidt,
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 2007, 380(3), 1087–1097.
- ESC and KAIT observations of the transitional Type Ia SN 2004eo
A. Pastorello, P. A. Mazzali, G. Pignata, S. Benetti, E. Cappellaro et al.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 2007, 377(4), 1531–1552.
- ESC observations of SN 2005cf – I. Photometric evolution of a normal Type Ia supernova
A. Pastorello, S. Taubenberger, N. Elias-Rosa, P. A. Mazzali, G. Pignata et al.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 2007, 376(3), 1301–1316.
- Optical and infrared observations of SN 2002dj: some possible common properties of fast-expanding Type Ia supernovae
G. Pignata, S. Benetti, P. A. Mazzali, R. Kotak, F. Patat et al.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 2008, 388(3), 971–990.
- The H i gas content of galaxies around Abell 370, a galaxy cluster at z= 0.37
P. Lah, M. B. Pracy, J. N. Chengalur, F. H. Briggs, M. Colless, R. De Propris, S. Ferris, B. P. Schmidt, B. E. Tucker,
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 2009, 399(3), 1447–1470.
► Papers by Riess
- First-year Sloan Digital Sky Survey-II supernova results: consistency and constraints with other intermediate-redshift data sets
H. Lampeitl, R. C. Nichol, H.-J. Seo, T. Giannantonio, C. Shapiro et al.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 2010, 401(4), 2331–2342.
► Also of interest:
- Information of the Public by NobelPrize.org
The book below is recommended there
The Accelerating Universe: Infinite Expansion, the Cosmological Constant, and the Beauty of the Cosmos,
Wiley, New York, USA, 2001.