Key components for the sky-mapping Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument, weighing about 12 tons, were hoisted atop the Mayall Telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson, Arizona, and bolted into place last week, marking a major project milestone. More>
An article by Jeanne Miller of the Physics Division has won the 2018 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award for children’s science news. Her story, “Fighting to the End,” highlights the Guinea worm disease that once afflicted millions of people mostly in rural areas of Africa and Asia and that is now close to eradication. Her article appeared in the October 2017 issue of Muse magazine. More>
Bill Flounders, executive director of the UC Berkeley Marvell Nanofabrication Laboratory, will discuss “You Plan to Do Your Nanofabrication Where?!” on Wednesday, Nov. 24, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium.
Yesterday was Halloween, but did you know it was also Dark Matter Day? In this video from a Q&A livestreamed yesterday, Berkeley Lab’s Dan McKinsey, Simone Pagan-Griso, and Matt Pyle of the Physics Division share their expertise and insights about mysterious, elusive dark matter and the experiments designed to search for it.
Molecular Foundry researcher and UC Berkeley professor Mary Scott will discuss “Advancing Electron Microscopy to Atomic Resolution 3D” on Wednesday, Oct. 24, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. More>
How do you create the largest 3D map of the universe? It’s as easy as teaching 5,000 robots how to “dance.” DESI, the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument, is an experiment that will target millions of distant galaxies by automatically swiveling fiber-optic positioners (the robots) to point and gather their light. In creating this detailed map, scientists hope to learn more about dark energy, which is driving the accelerating expansion of the universe. More>
Scientists have a new window into the search for dark matter – an acrylic vessel that features a grouping of 12-foot-tall transparent tanks with 1-inch-thick walls. The tanks, which will surround a central detector for a nearly mile-deep experiment under construction in South Dakota called LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ), will be filled with liquid that produces tiny flashes of light in some particle interactions. More>
For one brief moment after the 2015 detection of gravitational waves from colliding black holes, astronomers held out hope that the universe’s mysterious dark matter might consist of black holes sprinkled throughout the universe. UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab physicists Uros Seljak and Miguel Zumalacárregui have dashed those hopes. More>
A series of DOE Office of Science awards announced today significantly expand Berkeley Lab’s efforts in quantum information science – … More»