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?

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, 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 houses several Yale University core facilities that serve researchers across Yale’s Science Hill and beyond. 

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October 11, 2019
On October 10, 2019, graduate student Raymond Ehlers successfully defended his thesis, “Jet-Hadron Correlations Measured in Pb–Pb Collisions at √(sNN)=5.02 TeV with...
October 10, 2019
A recent alumnus, Dr. Nathan Cooper, passed away on October 3, 2019 in South Bend, Indiana. He was just 35 years old.  Dr. Cooper earned his Ph.D. at Yale in 2015 with a...
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October 1, 2019
On Monday, September 30, 2019, Christopher Davis successfully defended his thesis, “Search for Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay with Majoron Emission in CUORE” (advisor Reina...


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 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.

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Department of Energy Heising-Simons Foundation Krell Institute National Science Foundation Yale University