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SLAC’s Computational Astrophysics group seeks to bring the combined strength of theoretical and experimental physics to bear on some of the most fascinating problems in particle astrophysics and cosmology.

Kavli Institute for Partical Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC) scientists, at work here in the "Vizlab."

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The research could lead to a better understanding of extreme astrophysical environments and the development of compact high-energy radiation sources for science.

high-energy electrons strengthen magnetic fields
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Just like we orbit the sun and the moon orbits us, the Milky Way has satellite galaxies with their own satellites. Drawing from data...

Dark matter forms into clumps, where galaxies and satellite galaxies form.
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A SLAC/Stanford study of the population of satellite galaxies orbiting the Milky Way provides new clues about the particle nature of dark matter.

Dark matter simulation
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SLAC scientists find a new way to explain how a black hole’s plasma jets boost particles to the highest energies observed in the universe...

Cosmic particle accelerators
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SLAC and Stanford researchers demonstrate that brain-mimicking ‘neural networks’ can revolutionize the way astrophysicists analyze their most complex data, including extreme distortions in spacetime...

Neural Nets and Gravitational Lenses
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SLAC and Stanford astrophysicists made crucial contributions to the galaxy survey, showing that the universe clumps and expands as predicted by our best cosmological...

Blanco Telescope
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VIA Symmetry Magazine

What to Do with the Data?

Physicists and scientific computing experts prepare for an onslaught of petabytes.

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KIPAC’s Ralf Kaehler and Tom Abel contributed two scenes to the science documentary narrated by Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett.

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The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument will measure light from 35 million cosmic objects for new insights into what causes the universe to expand faster...

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Finding ways to handle torrents of data from LSST and LCLS-II will also advance “exascale” computing.

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Computer simulations and lab experiments help researchers understand the violent universe and could potentially lead to new technologies that benefit humankind.

Researchers use X-rays to study some of the most extreme and exotic forms of matter ever created, in detail never before possible.
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Next-generation telescopic surveys will work hand-in-hand with supercomputers to study the nature of dark energy.