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May 22, 2014
News Feature
The Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel’s report, released today, recommends a strategic path forward for US particle physics.
May 19, 2014
The Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel’s recommendations will set the course for the future of particle physics in the United States.
March 19, 2014
News Feature
Two scientists at Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory made key contributions to the discovery of the first direct evidence for cosmic inflation – the rapid expansion of the infant universe in the first trillionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second after the Big Bang.
Image - The BICEP2 detector shown in this electron-beam micrograph works by converting the light from the cosmic microwave background into heat. A titanium film tuned on its transition to a superconducting state makes a sensitive thermometer.
November 27, 2013
News Feature
SLAC's Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC) recently hosted many of the top scientists in the field to discuss the most important questions to confront in the coming decade.
KIPAC mosaic
November 25, 2013
In scientific circles, “mock” is not always a four-letter word. To test that they’re interpreting their massive amounts of data correctly, astrophysicists create even more data: “mock” data. And while that may be counterintuitive at first, it actually makes a surprising amount of sense.
September 3, 2013
News Feature
Word of the official beginning of the Dark Energy Survey (DES) starts a five-year clock on a meticulous mapping of one-eighth of the night sky by the Dark Energy Camera, mounted on the Victor M. Blanco Telescope at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory.
Photo - From left: Eduardo Rozo, Risa Wechsler and El...
August 22, 2013
News Feature
On June 11, 2008, what was then the Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope rode a Delta II rocket into low-Earth orbit. After two months of tests and checks and calibrations, on August 11, 2008, NASA declared GLAST open for business as astrophysics' premier eye on the gamma-ray sky. Five years, a name change, a near miss with a defunct Soviet spy satellite, and countless surprises later, the spacecraft now known as the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope is still going strong, with another five-year mission stretching ahead of it.
Photo - The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope launches June 11, 2008
April 24, 2012
Press Release
Menlo Park, Calif. — A 3.2 billion-pixel digital camera designed by SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is now one step closer to reality.