Research in HEPL Facilities


Research Projects

Advanced Global Positioning System (GPS) - Brad Parkinson, Per Enge

Biomedical Physics: Photovoltaic Retinal Prosthesis, Laser-Tissue Interactions, Retinal Plasticity and Electronic Control of Vasculature - Daniel Palanker

Confined Helium Experiment (CHEX) - John Lipa

Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB)

Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS) - Blas Cabrera

Fermi Gamma Ray Space Telescope (formerly GLAST) - Peter Michelson (HEPL, SLAC and KIPAC)

Fundamental Interactions

Gravity Gradient Experiments Using Cold Atoms - Mark Kasevich

Gravity Probe B (GPB) -Francis. Everitt, Sasha Buchman

Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC) - Tom Abel, Director

Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) - Steven Kahn

Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO — Primary Research Centers: Caltech and MIT

Measuring Gravity at Small Distances - Aharon Kapitulnik

Modular Gravitational Reference Sensor (MGRS) — A future core instrument for both space gravitational wave detection and an array of other precision time-positioning experiments Robert Byer, Daniel DeBra

Neuroscience & Physics: Understanding How the Retina Encodes, Processes and Transmits Visual Iinformation to the Brain, and the Consequences for Visual Perception - EJ Chichilnisky

Particle, nuclear and gravitational physics - Giorgio Gratta

Precision Experimental Measurements in Laser Atomic Physics with Applications to Fundamental Physics, Time and Spacetime - Leo Hollberg

Probing the Nature of Dark Matter and Dark Energy, Gravity at Large Scales, the Mass and Number of Neutrino Species, the Characteristics of Inflation and the Cosmic Microwave Background, and the Evolution of Structure and Disposition of Baryonic Matter in the Universe - Kent Irwin

Solar Observatories Group (Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager—HMI) - Philip Scherrer

Tracing the formation of structure in the universe via studies of CO and other bright lines from a redshift of 10 to the present day and Study of star formation in the Galaxy and nearby galaxies by observing molecular tracers of star formation including CO and HCN - Sarah Church

HEPL experimenters are based in a number of Stanford departments. In addition, cross-departmental collaboration is a focus of many experiments. Departments affiliated with work at HEPL include:

Aeronautics and Astronautics

Applied Physics

Electrical Engineering

Ginzton Laboratory

Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC)



Stanford Center for Position, Navigation and Time (SCPNT)

Stanford Linear Accelerator Center

Stanford School of Medicine - Department of Neurosurgery

Stanford School of Medicine - Department of Opthamology