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April 6, 2021
News Feature
For the first time, DES scientists can combine measurements of the distribution of matter, galaxies, and galaxy clusters to advance our understanding of dark energy.
November 16, 2020
News Feature
SLAC cosmologists are using multiple images of the same quasars, produced by massive galaxies’ gravitational pull, to calibrate cosmic distances. Their work may help resolve long-standing debates about how quickly the universe is expanding.
Light from a distant quasar bends around a galaxy, creating four images of the quasar.
October 13, 2020
Rubin Observatory will bring new capabilities to the studies of dark matter and dark energy.
September 30, 2020
News Feature
Daniel Ratner, head of SLAC’s machine learning initiative, explains the lab’s unique opportunities to advance scientific discovery through machine learning.
Daniel Ratner
September 8, 2020
Press Release
The camera will explore cosmic mysteries as part of the Rubin Observatory’s Legacy Survey of Space and Time.
LSSTCam Focal Plane Header
August 26, 2020
News Feature
Q-NEXT will tackle next-generation quantum science challenges through a public-private partnership, ensuring U.S. leadership in an economically crucial arena.
August 25, 2020
News Feature
Their work uses machine learning to transform the way scientists tune particle accelerators for experiments and solve longstanding mysteries in astrophysics and cosmology.
Portraits of Auralee Edelen and Kimmy Wu
August 13, 2020
Press Release
The technology could save the lives of COVID-19 patients when more advanced ventilators are too expensive or not available.
Ventilator Prototype
June 5, 2020
In experiments at the National Ignition Facility, a SLAC-led team found new details about how supernovas boost charged particles to nearly the speed of light.
A computer simulation of the turbulent magnetic fields in two plasma shock waves, which were created in the lab to mimic astrophysical shocks.
June 4, 2020
News Feature
The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument, which will map millions of galaxies in 3D from a mountaintop in Arizona, has reached its final milestone toward its startup.
Mayall Telescope Star Trails