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SLAC theorists explore particle physics, particle astrophysics and cosmology, including searches for new phenomena, extra dimensions, collider physics, neutrino physics, dark matter and cosmic inflation.

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Bernhard Mistlberger will receive the APS's 2023 Henry Primakoff Award for Early-Career Particle Physics for his work on precision Standard Model calculations.

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Toro and Schuster are being recognized for their contributions to the design of experiments that use particle accelerators to search for dark matter particles.

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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.

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Bernhard Mistlberger has developed new methods to make Standard Model predictions more precise than ever. The European Physical Society recently awarded him the 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...

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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...

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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...

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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.

Rubin Observatory will bring new capabilities to the studies of dark matter and dark energy.

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

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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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Massless particles can’t be stopped

If a particle has no mass, how can it exist?