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Dark Universe Science Center

Our universe is driven by unseen forces. From the earliest moments when—we suspect—all structures were seeded by quantum fluctuations, to the formation and evolution of the cosmic web, to the mysterious accelerated expansion of the Universe today, the evolution of our cosmos has been driven by invisible content. Determining the nature of the dark universe, what, precisely drives the dynamics during these different epochs, is one of the great science questions of our time. 

The University of Washington Dark Universe Science Center brings experts in dark matter, dark energy, inflation, and gravity together with those who study how these invisible ingredients drive the evolution of the Universe along with the stars, black holes, and galaxies within it. By combining observations of the cosmos with direct measurements of the Universe’s invisible content, we hope to fundamentally change our understanding of Nature. 

DUSC is a center for interdisciplinary research on the dark universe, with theorists and experimentalists working together to exploit the many resources available at UW. These include: the Center for Experimental Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics (CENPA), the Institute for Nuclear Theory, and close connections with theoretical and experimental groups in the UW Physics and Astronomy departments.

DUSC Faculty


Masha Baryakhtar
Masha Baryakhtar

Alvaro Chavarria
Alvaro Chavarria

Vincenzo Cirigliano

Andy Connolly
Andy Connoly

Jason Detwiler
Jason Detwiler

Isabel Garcia-Garcia

Jens Gundlach
Jens Gundlach

David Kaplan
David Kaplan

Marilena Loverde
Marilena Loverde

Matt McQuinn
Matt McQuinn

Miguel Morales
Miguel Morales

Tom Quinn
Tom Quinn

Sanjay Reddy
Sanjay Reddy

Leslie Rosenberg
Leslie Rosenberg

Gray Rybka
Gray Rybka

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