We use space-based and ground-based instrumentation to learn about the universe beyond our solar system. Our projects and missions make measurements across the electromagnetic (EM) spectrum and extend to multi-messenger astrophysics. Our science goals include understanding the history and structure of the universe, probing regions of extreme physics and element formation, and searching for habitable planets and potentially extraterrestrial life. We have scientists and engineers with many years of experience developing world class instrumentation such as specialized detectors for different parts of the EM spectrum as well as related technologies. Our specialty is to incorporate these technologies into complex systems and to use sophisticated instrument simulations to determine that the capabilities will achieve our science goals.
The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) will measure the effect of dark energy on the expansion of the universe. It will obtain optical spectra for tens of millions of galaxies and quasars, constructing a 3D map spanning the nearby universe to 11 billion light years.
The origin and nature of Ultra-High Energy Cosmic Rays (UHECRs) and neutrinos (UHEN) remain unsolved in contemporary astroparticle physics. The Extreme Universe Space Observatory Super Pressure Balloon II Mission (EUSO-SPB2) is one of several precursor missions for a space mission (JEM-EUSO) that would be dedicated to UHECR research.