Cosmology and Particle Physics
MCS is attempting to unravel the mysteries of the universe, partnering astrophysics and particle physics research with computer science, statistics, and other disciplines. Learn more at the Bruce and Astrid McWilliams Center for Cosmology.
MCS researchers are studying the mysterious dark matter and dark energy that makes up 95 percent of the universe. Read more about our cosmology research in the article "Carnegie Mellon Goes to the Dark Side" in Science Connection.
MCS physicists are part of the international team working on the Large Hadron Collider's compact muon solenoid detector (CMS). They constructed the state-of-the-art electronics, consisting of 150,000 channels, for the detector's endcap muon system. The researchers plan to search the CMS data for evidence of the neutralino or other possible dark matter particles. Learn more about the CMS experiment, and the LHC.
The McWilliams Center is part of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) project. The multidisciplinary team of physicists, statisticians and computer scientists will lend their expertise to analyzing the data gathered by the telescope as it surveys the sky in high-resolution. Learn more about the LSST.
MCS physicists are harnessing the supercomputing power available at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) to calculate the properties of elusive particles, such as hadrons. Read more in the article "Excited States of the Strong Force" in Projects in Scientific Computing, a publication of the PSC.
MCS high-energy particle physicists are conducting experiments at particle accelerators around the world in an attempt to reconstruct the pieces of the matter-antimatter puzzle. Read more in the article "Expecting the Extraordinary" in MCS News.