Expanding our exploration into the nature of the universe

“The new facility will bridge the Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics to the physics building with increased areas for scientific interaction. So we’ll have a literal — not just metaphoric — bridge between astrophysics and physics.”

— Saul Perlmutter, Professor of Physics and 2011 Nobel Laureate

Berkeley scientists revealed the first images of the infant cosmos and discovered the accelerating expansion of the universe. These celestial breakthroughs are among many that have distinguished our university as a world leader in astrophysics and cosmology — garnering two faculty members the Nobel Prize in Physics during The Campaign for Berkeley.

A rebuilt Campbell Hall, opening in 2014, will advance even further Berkeley’s strength in pioneering astrophysics and cosmology.

The new building will house the Department of Astronomy, Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics, and Kavli Energy NanoSciences Institute, and it will feature highly interactive teaching and research spaces. These will include underground nanoscience laboratories, facilities for a vast spectrum of research in astronomy and cosmology, and a rooftop-level teaching observatory. The building is funded in part by a gift from the Heising-Simons Foundation.

Through theory, simulation, observation, and experimentation, our researchers are on a quest to understand the origins of the universe and the evolving structures with in it — planets, stars, galaxies, black holes, and more. The new facility will inspire, educate, and enlighten students and the general public. Its design will encourage collaborations across disciplines, enabling our scientists to continue solving the greatest puzzles of the universe.

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