News: Research


Meet new KICP Fellow: Hayden Lee

March 26, 2021

He will be joining us in the fall from Harvard University. He received his PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Cambridge.

Meet new KICP Fellow: Patricio Gallardo

March 19, 2021

Meet the KICP Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Patricio Gallardo.
He will be joining us in the fall from Cornell University, where he received his PhD in Physics and currently serves as a Postdoctoral Researcher.
Welcome to KICP, Patricio!

Meet new KICP Fellow: Anastasia Sokolenko

March 12, 2021

Meet the KICP Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Anastasia Sokolenko.
She will be joining us in the fall from HEPHY (Austrian Academy of Sciences), Vienna. She received her PhD at the University of Oslo where she studied Theoretical Physics.
Welcome to KICP, Anastasia!

Meet new KICP associate fellow:  Francisco Javier Sanchez Lopez

February 22, 2021

My research interests include a number of topics in cosmology. I have been involved in The Dark Energy Survey collaboration. I used DES data to develop my PhD. thesis work. I have been computing angular two point auto and cross correlation functions. Also, I have been developing with my collaborators methods to extract the Baryon Acoustic Oscillations (BAO) scale relying on observable quantities only. I am interested in large-scale structure of the Universe, in galaxy-galaxy clustering and General Relativity. Moreover, I have a great interest in high energy physics, theoretical and experimental.

“New metamaterials for studying the oldest light in the universe”, by Brianna Barbu, FermiLab News

February 17, 2021

Jeff McMahon and his team have developed new techniques for working with curved lenses instead of flat silicon wafers for CMB telescope lenses.

Interview with Dan Hooper “What happened at the big bang?”, New Scientist

February 5, 2021

For Dan Hooper, head of theoretical astrophysics at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Chicago, solving these questions involves radically rethinking what we think we know about the universe’s very early history.
Interviewed by Richard Webb, Executive Editor, New Scientist at the Royal Institution, London in Feb 2020.

Joshua Frieman named Fellow of the American Astronomical Society

February 5, 2021

Citation: "Joshua Frieman (Fermilab / University of Chicago): For significant theoretical work on inflationary cosmology and dark energy and for pioneering contributions to optical survey science."

NASA selects PUEO to Study Universe’s Secrets

January 11, 2021

PUEO is a balloon mission designed to launch from Antarctica that will detect signals from ultra-high energy neutrinos, particles that contain valuable clues about the highest energy astrophysical processes, including the creation of black holes and neutron star mergers. Neutrinos travel across the universe undisturbed, carrying information about events billions of light years away. PUEO would be the most sensitive survey of cosmic ultra-high energy neutrinos ever conducted. The principal investigator is Abigail Vieregg of the University of Chicago.

“Ripples in space-time could provide clues to missing components of the universe”, UChicago News

January 1, 2021

UChicago scientist lays out how LIGO gravitational waves could be scrambled, yielding information.
“Gravitational waves are the perfect messenger to see these possible modifications of gravity, if they exist.”—Astrophysicist Jose María Ezquiaga


Congratulations to Grayson Rich

October 7, 2020

He has accepted a position as a Consultant at Bain & Company in Chicago, and in this capacity he will focus on strategy and management.

“Dark matter detector picks up unexplained new signal”, UChicago News

June 17, 2020

XENON1T data could be either evidence of new particle physics or unexpected contaminant.

“Leftover Big Bang light helps calculate how massive faraway galaxies are”, UChicago News

March 3, 2020

Fermilab, UChicago scientists tap South Pole Telescope data to shed light on universe

A team of scientists have demonstrated how to "weigh" galaxy clusters using light from the earliest moments of the universe - a new method that could help shed light on dark matter, dark energy and other mysteries of the cosmos, such as how the universe formed.

“New Solar Telescope Reveals Sun’s Surface in More Detail than Ever Before”, WTTW News

February 13, 2020

A new solar telescope in Hawaii has captured images of the sun unlike any seen before.  Professor Robert Rosner, an astrophysicist at the University of Chicago and one of the lead investigators on the project, says he’s been waiting for almost 40 years to see images like the ones recently captured.


New measure of Hubble constant adds to mystery about universe’s expansion rate

July 16, 2019

Scientists measure half-life of element that’s longer than the age of the universe

May 1, 2019