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.

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 »

DES clinches the most precise cosmological results ever extracted from gravitational lensing

For decades, cosmologists have been attempting to piece together the history and composition of the Universe. This is a very … Read more »

DES Uses Crowdsourcing to Improve Data Quality

There is power in numbers. If a large number of people apply their brainpower, creativity, or even physical effort toward … Read more »

DES CLASHes onto the Scene

Scientists of the Dark Energy Survey recently compared their measurements of a galaxy cluster to those found using data from … Read more »