Today at Berkeley Lab

Topping Off a Telescope with New Tools to Explore Dark Energy

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>

Physics Staffer Wins 2018 AAAS Award for Children’s Science Writing

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>

Instrumentation Colloquium Today on Nanofabrication

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.

Dark Matter Day: The Lighter Side of Dark Matter

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.

Facebook Live Event on the Lighter Side of Dark Matter This Wednesday

Watch Lab scientists Dan McKinsey, Simone Pagan-Griso, and Matt Pyle share their expertise and insights about dark matter as well as the experiments designed to search for it at this Facebook Live Event at 9 a.m. this Wednesday, Oct. 31.

Instrumentation Colloquium Today on Advancing Electron Microscopy

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>

5,000 Robots Merge to Map the Universe in 3D

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>

Acrylic Tanks Provide Clear Window Into Dark Matter Detection

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>

Black Holes Ruled Out as Universe’s Missing Dark Matter

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>

Berkeley Lab to Push Quantum Information Science Frontiers With New Programs in Computing, Physics, Materials, and Chemistry

A series of DOE Office of Science awards announced today significantly expand Berkeley Lab’s efforts in quantum information science – … More»