Elementary Particle Physics
Working at the forefront of modern particle physics, SLAC scientists use powerful particle accelerators to create and study nature’s fundamental building blocks and forces, build sensitive detectors to search for new particles and develop theories that explain and guide experiments.
SLAC's particle physicists pursue research in areas identified as top priorities for U.S. high-energy physics for the next decade. They want to understand our universe – from its smallest constituents to its largest structures. Several of these research topics are also covered by SLAC’s astrophysics and cosmology program.