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December 4, 2013
How is it possible to look at the earliest moments of the universe?
The Early Universe
November 27, 2013
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SLAC's Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC) recently hosted many of the top scientists in the field to discuss the most important questions to confront in the coming decade.
KIPAC mosaic
November 21, 2013
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SLAC and Stanford physicists played a key role in monitoring and analyzing the brightest gamma ray burst ever measured, and suggest that its never-before-seen features could call for a rewrite of current theories.
Image - Collapsing star shooting out jet of gas
November 12, 2013
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Scientists in SLAC's Integrated Circuits Department reach a new frontier in ultrafast X-ray science with intricately designed signal-processing chips that translate particles of light into bits of data.
Photo - Four ePix100 prototype chips bonded in a test setup. (Brad Plummer/SLAC)
October 18, 2013
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SLAC particle theorist Lance Dixon has been named co-winner of the 2014 J.J. Sakurai Prize for Theoretical Particle Physics, awarded each year by the American Physical Society.
Photo – SLAC particle theorist Lance Dixon, one of th...
October 8, 2013
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The Nobel Prize in physics has been awarded to theorists Peter Higgs and Francois Englert to recognize their work developing the theory of what is now known as the Higgs field. U.S. scientists played a significant role in advancing their theory and confirming it with the discovery of the Higgs boson.
ATLAS event display of a Higgs to four electrons candidate event. (courtesy CERN)
August 7, 2013
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Three theoretical physicists have taken an important step toward eliminating theoretical ambiguities from the staggeringly complicated mathematics used to explore the interactions of quarks, the tiniest known bits of matter inside protons and neutrons, and gluons, the enigmatic particles responsible for keeping them trapped there.
SLAC particle theorist Stan Brodsky (Matt Beardsley/SLAC)
July 31, 2013
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For the 41st annual Particle Physics & Astrophysics Department’s SLAC Summer Institute (SSI), organizers introduced a successful new feature.
May 21, 2013
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Now that it looks like the hunt for the Higgs boson is over, particles of dark matter are at the top of the physics "Most Wanted" list.
KIPAC theorists (l to r) Louis Strigari, Risa Wechsler and Yao-Yuan Mao discussing dark matter velocity distributions. (Credit: Luis Fernandez.)
January 31, 2013
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Scientists analyzing data from theScientists analyzing data from the BaBar experiment, which operated at SLAC between 1999 and 2008, recently published the results of a search for signs of invisible particles: exotic bits of matter that interact so weakly with ordinary stuff they left no mark in the BaBar detector.
Image - Cartoon elephant BaBar vanishing in suit.