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.


Research Highlights

Dec 6, 2019 | ICYMI: A day in the life of a cosmic-ray 'bookkeeper'

Early-career physicist Jonathan LeyVa helps build one of the world’s most sensitive dark matter detectors. LeyVa works in a clean room at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, where crews are building detectors for the latest in a series of Super Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (SuperCDMS) experiments. As an early-career physicist, part of his job is keeping track of how much exposure to cosmic rays—high-energy particles falling in from space—the detector components are getting. Researchers want to keep that exposure to a minimum because it could harm their ability to detect dark matter later on.

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