The DArchive: DES Results in a Nutshell

Here you’ll find descriptions, written for a public audience, of science released by the DES collaboration. Have a question? Check out the FAQ or email our team.

Searching for Sources of Gravitational Waves

The entire astrophysical world was blown away by the first-ever binary neutron star collision seen in August 2017 (called ‘GW170817’). … Read more »

Star Bright, Star Dim? Finding Variable Stars in the Dark Energy Survey

This Darchive describe the search for a special type of star, RR Lyrae, in DES data. It is based on … Read more »

Searching for Explosive Optical Counterparts to IceCube Neutrinos

This DArchive discusses the collaboration of DES and the IceCube Observatory in investigating the origin of astrophysical neutrinos, described in … Read more »

Finding Dark Matter: How Mapping Light Tells Us About the Dark

This darchive discusses work from a few DES papers in describing how we learn about dark matter (and indirectly, dark … Read more »

Using Gravitational Waves from Black Holes and Galaxies to Understand the Expansion of the Universe

In this Darchive, a new technique to understand the expansion of the Universe from black-hole merger gravitational wave events (“dark … Read more »

Finding the Edges of Massive Galaxy Clusters

This DArchive describes the detection of a feature known as the “splashback radius” of galaxy clusters as seen in DES … Read more »

Journey of a Photon – from Camera to Catalog

This DArchive describes some of the process in making the Dark Energy Survey data set described in ‘Dark Energy Survey … Read more »

What the galaxy that hosted the gravitational wave event GW170817 can teach us about binary neutron stars

Astronomers know many facts about galaxies. For example, we know that their colours tell us about the stars inside them and … Read more »

Gravitational waves tell us how fast the Universe is expanding

Link to the Nature paper that this DArchive describes. On August 17th 2017, three detectors on Earth observed a gravitational wave … Read more »

An event that blew away the astronomical world

On the morning of Thursday, August 17, 2017 the LIGO-Virgo Collaboration (LVC) gravitational wave detectors picked up a signal indicating … Read more »