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.


Fermilab Cosmic Physics Center scientist Brian Nord was awarded a DOE Early Career Research Award from the Office of High Energy Physics for “for simulation-based inference for cosmological parameter estimation and discovery”. Congratulations Brian! To read more about the award see the Fermilab announcement here or the DOE Early Career Award webpage. T

The Dark Energy Survey (DES) released new results today using the largest ever sample of galaxies observed over an enormous piece of the sky to produce the most precise measurements of the universe’s composition and growth to date. DES scientists (include many scientists at Fermilab) measured that the way matter is distributed throughout the universe… More »

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 »