The Institute for Computational Cosmology (ICC) in the Department of Physics at Durham University houses one of the most powerful supercomputers for academic research in Britan and one of the largest in Europe.
COSMA ( The Cosmology Machine).
The £1.4 millon Cosmology Machine allows cosmologist to recreate the evolution of the Universe from soon after its very beginnings in the Big Bang, and explore how the dark matter will affect its fate.
The distribution of dark matter in a computer simulation of the Universe, showing the characteristic filamentary appearance.
The Particle Astrophysics group at Sheffield University was one of the main members of the UK Dark Matter Project which was based in the Boulby mine in Cleveland.
The Boulby Mine of Cleveland Potash Ltd near Whitby,North Yorkshire.
Over a kilometre beneath the North Yorkshire Moors in the Boulby potash mine, scientists from the Department of Physics at Sheffield University together with colleagues from the UK and around the World, have built a series of state-of-the-art detectors to search for WIMPS - hypothetical particles that may make up the dark matter of the Universe.
Mining for WIMPS - the DRIFT detector, the Worlds first WIMP 'telescope', can be seen on the right.
The Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology (IPPP) in the Department of Physics at Durham University fosters world-class research in particle physics phenomenology, the bridge between theory and experiment in the study of the building blocks of matter in the Universe - the fundamental particles - and how they interact through the fundamental forces between them.
Work in progress at the Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology at Durham University.
Phenomenologists play the dual role of revealing aspects of theory that can be tested by experiment, while at the same time helping their experimental colleagues to see the implications of their measurements in the search for new fundamental laws. The formation of the Institute enables the UK to maximise the benefit from existing investment in major experimental laboratories around the world.