Astrophysics

Amid a backdrop of far-off galaxies, the majestic dusty spiral NGC 3370 looms in the foreground in this NASA Hubble Space Telescope image. Credit: NASA; The Hubble Heritag

"My goal in establishing these institutes is to support research at the frontiers of science. I feel that it is especially important to pursue the most far-reaching opportunities and challenges and to seek answers to the most fundamental questions." - Fred Kavli, Founder, The Kavli Foundation

Stanford University

Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology at Stanford University is an independent laboratory of the university housed at the Stanford Linear Accelerator. Its primary focus is on cosmology, high-energy physics, dark matter and dark energy. Roger Blandford is director. Read More

 
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Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago focuses on four major research areas: structures in the universe, cosmic background radiation, particles from space, and theory. John Carlstrom is director. Read More

 
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology engages in a mix of longstanding research activities, such as satellite-based X-ray astronomy, and newer projects including the search for dark matter and the study of distant planets. Jacqueline Hewitt is director. Read More

 
Peking University

Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at Peking University is a global center of excellence in astronomy and astrophysics. Research topics include the nature of the early universe at the time of first light, the forces that led to the assembly of galaxies, and the physical laws that govern black holes, neutron stars and other high-energy phenomena. Xiaowei Liu is director. Read More

 
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Kavli Institute for Cosmology at the University of Cambridge is primarily focused on the physics of the early universe, and brings together scientists from the University’s Institute of Astronomy, Cavendish Laboratory (the Department of Physics) and the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. George Efstathiou is director. Read More

 
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Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe brings together a wide range of researchers – from pure mathematicians and string theorists to experimental particle physicists and observational astronomers – in a truly multi-disciplinary and collaborative environment aimed at finding answers to profound problems in cosmology. Hitoshi Murayama is director. Read More