Fermilab’s cosmic research program explores the fundamental nature of matter, energy, space, and time, as revealed in the unique natural laboratory of the cosmos.

Surveys of galaxies and cosmic background radiation use precise measurements of cosmic structure to learn about fundamental physics of cosmic acceleration, new forms of gravitating matter, and properties of cosmic neutrinos. A coordinated campaign of experiments seek to directly detect and study the properties of dark matter particles in the laboratory. Development of new technology, both ultra-sensitive detectors and advanced computational algorithms, will enable the next generation of discovery.

The Fermilab Cosmic Physics Center (CPC) hosts Fermilab’s cosmic research program and fosters interactions between the lab and the larger the cosmic physics community. We invite you to join the adventure, a high-energy, cosmic journey: learn about who we are, the science we’re focused on, and how you can be a part of it.


The Fermilab Cosmic Physics Center is proud to welcome three new Fermilab Cosmic Physics Center Fellows. Dr. Fabricio Alcalde Bessia (CONICET, Instituto Balseiro) – Development of a low-noise readout integrated circuit for Skipper CCDs in the Oscura project. Dr. Ana Botti (Instituto de Física de Buenos Aires) – Technological developments to enable large-scale Skipper CCD… More »

Fermilab CPC postdoc Antonella Palmese was recently awarded a NASA Hubble Fellowship (read more here). Here research with the Dark Energy Survey (DES) and the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) connects gravitational-wave sources, galaxy evolution, and the large-scale structure of the Universe. As an Hubble/Einstein Fellow, Antonella will be moving to the University of California,… More »

Fermilab CPC scientist Juan Estrada has been selected as the recipient of the 2020 DPF Instrumentation Award (senior category), with the citation: “For his creation and development of novel applications for CCD technology that probe wide-ranging areas of particle physics including cosmology, dark matter, neutrino detection and quantum imaging.” He will be honored in the… More »

Scientist Dan Bauer is organizing a Fermilab CPC outreach event on dark matter as part of the international “Dark Matter Day” on Saturday, October 31st. Find more information here.