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.

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 »

Warped Perspectives: Discovery of Six New Strong Gravitational Lenses

The Dark Energy Survey has discovered six new ‘strong gravitational lenses’, extreme examples of Albert Einstein’s space-warping Theory of General … Read more »

Even Supernovae Need a Matchmaker

Dark Energy Survey scientists have developed a new algorithm to match Type Ia supernovae (SNe Ia) to their host galaxies. … Read more »

A Newly Discovered Superluminous Supernova

In this paper we present DES14X3taz, a newly discovered superluminous supernova (SLSN). This particular SLSN is very unusual – if … Read more »

Connecting the past and present cosmic epochs with gravitational lensing

Gravitational Lensing is a tool used by astronomers to study massive structures in the Universe, including galaxies and galaxy clusters, … Read more »

Exploring the distribution of dark and visible matter with gravitational lensing

We can study the large scale structures of matter that form in the Universe from the distribution of the galaxies … Read more »

How fast are the stars moving in the ultra-faint dwarf galaxy, Reticulum II?

Paper: Stellar Kinematics and Metallicities in the Ultra-Faint Dwarf Galaxy Reticulum II Many large groups of stars, such as the … Read more »

Gravitational lensing by galaxies is responsible for some distortions in Cosmic Microwave Background light

Visible and dark matter in the universe, often concentrated in galaxies, causes gravitational lensing of light. In this paper, we find … Read more »