Two partners of the Cosmos Archaeology exhibition join forces to advance Cosmos Mapping

EPFL has joined the Multi Spectroscopic Telescope (MUST) project, led by Tsinghua University, to deepen our understanding of the universe, dark energy, and dark matter. Martin Vetterli, President of EPFL, and Luming Li, President of Tsinghua University, signed a research collaboration agreement in Beijing, officially establishing EPFL as a member of the project.

The project will map the filamentary structure of the Universe in its first 3 billion years and contribute high-precision technology to the 6.5-meter telescope. EPFL will also have access to a next-generation spectroscopic survey, enabling the development of theoretical models and fostering global scientific partnerships. This collaboration positions EPFL at the forefront of transformative discoveries in astrophysics.


Photo 1: Martin Vetterli, Li Luming, Jean-Paul Kneib and Zheng Cai © DR
Photo 2: EPFL robotic systems that are being developed for MUST – 2024 Alain Herzog / EPFL – CC-BY-SA 4.0

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“This is very important because dark energy and dark matter account respectively for 70% and 26% of the content of the Universe and are critical elements influencing its expansion and structure,” says Professor Jean-Paul Kneib, head of the Laboratory of Astrophysics (LASTRO) and the EPFL lead in this project.

Swissnex in China, who collaborated with EPFL and Tsinghua University on the Cosmos exhibition, is proud to see fruitful scientific collaborations taking form. We are currently working on leveraging our networks for an upcoming conference on astrophysics.