Cosmology @ Illinois
We are living in a golden age of cosmology. Astronomical observations have revolutionized our understanding of the structure of the universe and of the basic constituents of nature, revealing that more than 95% of the cosmos consists of enigmatic dark matter and dark energy. The nature and evolution of cosmic structure, and the identities and properties of of the dark sector, are among the most pressing questions in 21st century science.
The Illinois cosmology group focuses on these questions, combining observational, computational, and theoretical perspectives. Cosmologists work in the Astronomy and Physics departments, and in NCSA. Illinois is heavily involved in present and future leading-edge sky surveys, including the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, Dark Energy Survey, The South Pole Telescope, and Large Synopic Survey Telescope. The surveys are aimed at addressing the central questions in cosmology today.