The Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, or KIPAC, was inaugurated in 2003 as an independent laboratory of Stanford University to serve as a bridge between the disciplines of astrophysics, cosmology and particle physics. KIPAC's members work in the Physics and Applied Physics Departments on the Stanford campus and at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. Its mission is to bring the resources of modern computational, experimental, observational and theoretical science to bear on our understanding of the universe at large.

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Mar 8, 2018 | Population III stars: The Universe’s ultimate reclusive pop stars

Often in the world of astronomy and astrophysics, unexpected observations lead to new ideas and understanding. However, there are occasionally some models that are built up more traditionally from theories to observational predictions. This is a story of one such model—that of the very first stars in the universe, called, somewhat counterintuitively, Population III (Pop III) stars. We haven’t seen Pop III stars yet because of how long ago they first formed—and then died.

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| Meeting showcases women in data science
| 45-Year-Old Telescope Gets a Makeover to Demystify Dark Energy
| KIPAC Newsletter #12 (February 12, 2018)
| Better Instruments Give Scientists a New Way to Study the Cosmos
| How Dark Matter Physicists Score Deals on Liquid Xenon

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