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.


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 award… More »

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

The Dark Energy Survey book is out! “The Dark Energy Survey: The Story of a Cosmological Experiment” tells the story of the DES project from original conception, the design and construction of DECam, early science results, and cosmological measurements with the first year of DES data. The book includes chapters written for a non-specialist reader… More »

  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 »