Wright Lab:  Exploring the Invisible Universe

What does the invisible universe consist of?
What is dark matter?
What are the properties of neutrinos?
What are the states of matter in the early universe?
What is the structure of matter?
What drives the evolution of the Universe?

Wright Lab is advancing the frontiers of fundamental physics through a broad research program in nuclear, particle, and astrophysics that includes precision studies of neutrinos; searches for dark matter; investigations of the building blocks and interactions of matter; exploration of quantum science and its applications for fundamental physics experiments; and observations of the early Universe.  The laboratory’s unique combination of on-site state-of-the-art research facilities, technical infrastructure, and interaction spaces supports innovative instrumentation development, hands-on research, and training the next generation of scientists. Wright Lab is a part of the Yale Department of Physics and houses several Yale University core facilities that serve researchers across Yale’s Science Hill and beyond. 

Explore Wright Lab


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January 27, 2023
On the weekend of January 20-22, 2023 the American Physical Society held the Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics at various locations around the country....
Side-by-side comparison of HST and JWST data of Pillars of creation.
January 23, 2023
Wright Lab graduate student Samantha Pagan recently participated in a workshop called ComSciCon-SciWri2022 to further develop her science communication skills. According to...
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January 12, 2023
On January 9, 2023, London Cooper-Troendle successfully defended the thesis, “First Measurement of Inclusive Muon Neutrino Charged Current Triple Differential Cross Section...


With its on-site core facilities and research program, Wright Lab fosters cross-disciplinary research collaborations across Yale University and worldwide.  Wright Lab works with the Yale Center for Research Computing (YCRC) on novel solutions to the research computing challenges in nuclear, particle and astrophysics, and collaborates with the Yale Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics (YCAA) on understanding dark matter in the Universe. Quantum sensors and techniques jointly developed with the Yale Quantum Institute (YQI) are used for axion searches at Wright Lab. 

Wright Lab also has strong, interdisciplinary partnerships with the Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage, the Yale Center for Collaborative Arts and Media, the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, and Yale Pathways to Science.


Wright Laboratory gratefully acknowledges support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation; the Department of Energy, Office of Science, High Energy Physics and Nuclear Physicsthe Heising-Simons Foundation; the Krell Institute; the National Science Foundation; and Yale University.

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