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January 9, 2015
Press Release
Plans to build the world’s largest digital camera at SLAC have reached a major milestone, with funding approval for the 3,200-megapixel camera. The camera will be the centerpiece of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), which will provide unprecedented details of the universe and help address some of its biggest mysteries.
November 26, 2014
News Feature
Abel, associate physics professor at Stanford and at SLAC and acting director of KIPAC, was recognized for the advances he’s made using supercomputers to explore the first billion years of cosmic history.
Photo - tom abel
October 24, 2014
News Feature
Cosmic inflation refers to a period of rapid, accelerated expansion that scientists think took place about 14 billion years ago.
August 11, 2014
News Feature
A team of scientists generated a giant cosmic simulation—and now they're giving it away.
June 2, 2014
Understanding the origins of our solar system, the future of our planet or humanity requires complex calculations run on high-power computers.
Photo - tom abel in srcc
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 12, 2014
The Planck mission released a first glimpse of data that, later this year, will test BICEP2’s discovery of gravitational waves.
April 2, 2014
News Feature
Grammy-winning jazz legend and sax virtuoso Wayne Shorter took a few hours off recently from a busy weekend of sold-out shows at the SFJazz Center in San Francisco to indulge in his second love – the cosmos.
Photo - Jazz legend Wayne Shorter silhouetted against cosmic phenomena at KIPAC's Visualization Lab.
April 1, 2014
News Feature
The Cosmic Microwave Background, leftover light from the big bang, carries a wealth of information about the universe—for those who can read it.
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.

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