Cosmological Probes of Fundamental Physics

Welcome to Cosmological Probes!

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together particle physicists, cosmologists, and astrophysicists, to discuss observational progress and new theoretical ideas aimed to utilize cosmological and astrophysical data as a probe for physics beyond the Standard Model.

Topics include:

  1. New and upcoming measurements of small-scale structure, and implications for our understanding of dark matter as a solution to the mass discrepancy problem: analyses of stellar kinematics in the Milky Way and derived constraints on a dark matter halo; measurements of strongly-lensed LRGs probing sub-structure in lens systems; analyses of tidal streams in the Milky Way as a probe of dark matter sub-structure
  2. Implications of the latest CMB anisotropy data for dark matter and neutrino physics
  3. Prospects and implications for measurements of CMB spectral distortions and 21cm line emission
  4. Big-bang nucleosynthesis, constraints and implications for new physics

We plan an informal atmosphere, with typically 2-3 open-ended lectures each day turning into free discussion, and plenty of time for both independent work and collaboration.

Participation is by invitation only.

We offer travel support; for organizational purposes, it is crucial that you provide us with the Visiting Scientist and reimbursement details that can be found in the "forms" page on this website, and in the email that you should have received from our admin. Please do not hesitate to contact us for questions.


Excursion to Ramon Crater: June 5-6, 2016
Day trip to Beit Guvrin: June 2, 2016 (tentative)


Kfir Blum
Weizmann Institute

Raphael Flauger
Texas U.

Aielet Efrati
Weizmann Institute

Advisory committee

Eli Waxman
Weizmann Institute

Eiichiro Komatsu
Max Planck Institute


  • Schwartz/Riesman Institute for Theoretical Physics
  • The Chorafas Institute for Scientific Exchange at the Weizmann Institute of Science
  • The I-CORE Program of the Planning and Budgeting Committee and The Israel Science Foundation (grant No. 1937/12)