Supernova Searches for Dark Energy Dynamics

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09090009

Abstract

We present the first year SDSS-II Supernova Survey results and their implications for cosmology and future supernova surveys. We then discuss challenges that face next-generation surveys, such as LSST, which will deliver of order a million supernovae without spectroscopic confirmation. As a way to address these challenges, we introduce BEAMS, a statistical method to do photometric supernova cosmology, and present a preliminary application to SDSS data. Finally we highlight the importance of future surveys such as LSST, given the surprising result that we may not detect dark energy dynamics for the next decade, if the dark energy scales during matter and radiation domination.