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 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.
These research organizations — the University of Chicago and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory — worked together to build a new, ultra-sensitive camera for the telescope, called SPT-3G, which contains 16,000 superconducting detectors. Exploiting the technical capability and expertise of its Silicon Detector Facility, Fermilab led the… More »
The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument seeks to further our cosmic understanding by creating the largest 3-D map of galaxies to date. Below is a press release issued by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory announcing first light for the optical lenses of this extraordinary instrument. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory is a key player in… More »
Fermilab is providing technology and expertise for the SuperCDMS SNOLAB project, which will expand the hunt for dark matter to particles with properties not visible to any other experiment. The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science and the National Science Foundation have approved funding and start of construction for the SuperCDMS SNOLAB experiment, which… More »
New result draws on 30 years of research and development and begins the definitive search for axion particles Forty years ago, scientists theorized a new kind of low-mass particle that could solve one of the enduring mysteries of nature: what dark matter is made of. Now a new chapter in the search for that particle… More »