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The University of Milan hosts the international conference “The Universe as a telescope: probing the cosmos at all scales with strong lensing”

Strong gravitational lensing has transformed into a powerful astrophysical probe in the past thirty years. Strong lensing occurs when an astrophysical source is magnified and distorted into multiple images by a foreground massive object through a chance alignment along the line of sight. Such phenomena span a wide range of mass scales, from small galactic substructure up to galaxy clusters, and thus yield a great number of astrophysical and cosmological applications. The number of lenses has increased to hundreds in the past decade, and current and future surveys are guaranteed to provide tens of thousands more. The wealth of strong lensing data will provide a grand and unique opportunity to understand our Universe. The conference therefore plans to provide an optimal ground to foster and coordinate future collaborations, in identifying the unique areas and key scientific questions that are best tackled with strong lensing, and moving forward to meet the challenges in the coming decade.

For further information, please visit https://sites.google.com/site/lensing2018/home

27 August 2018
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