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Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics

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The Physics Frontier Center of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics  (University of Chicago)

Research Focus & Anticipated Benefits

The Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics (KICP) at the University of Chicago is a Physics Frontiers Center (PFC) supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Physics Frontiers Centers foster major advances at the intellectual frontiers of physics by providing university-based resources not usually available to individual investigators or small groups.

Cosmology is the study of the Universe as a whole and its history since the beginning. Physics at the smallest scale, the interactions of quarks and leptons, is intimately connected with the largest scale, the constitution and birth of the cosmos itself. The Kavli Institute is at the forefront of research that exploits these connections. Research at the institute focuses on cosmic radiation backgrounds, particles from space, structures in the universe, and cosmology theory.

Education & Outreach

The KICP's education and outreach efforts take advantage of the urban setting of the University of Chicago, the public's fascination with astronomy & fundamental questions of the Universe, and the unique resources associated with forefront research. KICP offers cosmology courses for educators and scientists to help introduce modern research into classrooms and museums. The institute also forms partnerships and collaborations with museums to bring cosmology the public. The Space Explorers program, an inner-city K-12 enrichment program is a multifaceted, multi-year commitment to minority precollege students that includes interactions with the KICP community, laboratory experiences, and residential institutes at Yerkes Observatory.

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  • image of cosmic microwave background
South Pole Telescope detections of galaxy clusters