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.

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 »

Weak gravitational lensing reveals empty regions of space

Structures in the Universe exist in the form of both overdense regions, like galaxies or clusters of galaxies, and underdense … Read more »

The software pipeline that finds exploding stars

There are lights flickering on and off across the universe. Cepheid Variable stars, gamma ray bursts and exploding stars are … Read more »

Four massive galaxy clusters explored in DES data

This paper summarizes studies of the mass and galaxy distribution in and around four massive galaxy clusters. It is the … Read more »

Search for Gamma-Ray Emission from DES Dwarf Spheroidal Galaxy Candidates with Fermi-LAT Data

Small satellite galaxies of the Milky Way are the most dark matter-dominated objects that we know of. Some theories suggest … Read more »

Eight New Milky Way Companions Discovered in First-Year Dark Energy Survey Data

Paper: Eight New Milky Way Companions Discovered in First-Year Dark Energy Survey Data This paper is about the discovery of eight … Read more »

The First Superluminous Supernova from the Dark Energy Survey: DES13S2cmm

This paper is about the discovery and study of DES13S2cmm, a superluminous supernova that exploded in a galaxy 7.8 billion light-years away. Supernovae … Read more »