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.


  Fermilab CPC scientist Javier Tiffenberg, along with collaborators Rouven Essig (Stony Brook University), Tomer Volansky (Tel Aviv University), and Tien-Tien Yu (University of Oregon) have been awarded the 2021 New Horizons in Physics Prize “For advances in the detection of sub-GeV dark matter especially in regards to the SENSEI experiment.” Congratulations Javier and the… More »

Join the CPC’s own theoretical physicist Dan Hooper as he joins with NYU PhD student Shalma Wegsman to answer some of the deepest questions about dark matter, black holes, quantum mechanics, and more. “Why this Universe?” is a new podcast that seeks to break down some of the biggest ideas in physics into easily digestible… More »

In an article submitted to Physical Review D, CPC members Noah Kurinsky and Gordan Krnjaic collaborate with Dan Baxter (KICP) and Yoni Kahn (UIUC) to present a novel interpretation of excess events observed at various low-threshold dark matter searches. They found that the anomalous results across various detectors operating in dramatically different experimental conditions could… More »