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SLAC’s astrophysicists and cosmologists pursue top-priority research on topics including dark matter and dark energy, the formation of galaxies and cosmic evolution. 

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Dwarf Galaxy 3.

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Edward Hohenstein, Emma McBride and Caterina Vernieri study what happens to molecules hit by light, recreate extreme states of matter like those inside stars...

Early Career Awardees 2021
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An analysis of the first three years of Dark Energy Survey data is consistent with predictions from the current best model of the universe...

An observatory bathed in red light against a starry night sky
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An international collaboration aims to create a 3D map of the universe, unraveling the mysterious nature of dark energy.

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Rebecca Leane and colleagues showed dark matter could heat planets in our galaxy to incredible temperatures. Here, she explains how that works and how...

Portrait of Rebecca Leane
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For the first time, DES scientists can combine measurements of the distribution of matter, galaxies, and galaxy clusters to advance our understanding of dark...

A map of the sky showing the density of galaxy clusters, galaxies and matter
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SLAC cosmologists are using multiple images of the same quasars, produced by massive galaxies’ gravitational pull, to calibrate cosmic distances. Their work may help...

Light from a distant quasar bends around a galaxy, creating four images of the quasar.
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Rubin Observatory will bring new capabilities to the studies of dark matter and dark energy.

Illustration of Vera Rubin Observatory
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Daniel Ratner, head of SLAC’s machine learning initiative, explains the lab’s unique opportunities to advance scientific discovery through machine learning.

Physicist Daniel Ratner.
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The camera will explore cosmic mysteries as part of the Rubin Observatory’s Legacy Survey of Space and Time.

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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
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Researchers developed a way to measure the basic properties of matter at the highest pressures thus far achieved in a controlled laboratory experiment.

White dwarf
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Observations of dwarf galaxies around the Milky Way have yielded simultaneous constraints on three popular theories of dark matter.

simulations of distribution of dark matter around a galaxy