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SLAC fundamental physics researchers study everything from elementary particles produced in accelerators to the large-scale structure of the universe. 

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A determined volunteer gives an old detector new life as the centerpiece of a cosmic ray exhibit.

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Together, three experiments, two with major SLAC contributions, will search for a variety of types of dark matter particles.

This composite image shows the galaxy cluster 1E 0657-56, also known as the "bullet cluster."
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Two dark matter hunters with decades of experience between them are turning SLAC into their base of operations for LZ, the next big dark...

Photo - Dark matter hunters Thomas Shutt (l) and Daniel Akerib.
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Getting the Jump on Big Data for LSST

Efforts are already underway to ensure that the data the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope  collects will be ready to be mined for scientific gold.

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The 30-ton MicroBooNE detector, the cornerstone of Fermilab’s short-baseline neutrino program, will see neutrinos this year.

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Computing Power for All

The Open Science Grid enables faster, more efficient analysis of LHC data—and also contributes to advancements in fields from geology to medicine.

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A new result from the Large Hadron Collider strengthens the case that the Higgs interacts with both types of particles in the Standard Model.

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Students estimate their way through pop culture problems to learn a life skill.

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A sensor design first envisioned in 1995 by physicists and engineers at SLAC plays a starring role in a major ATLAS detector upgrade at...

Photo - Several 3-D sensors etched into a silicon wafer
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If it exists, a type of decay called neutrinoless double-beta decay will show that neutrinos are their own antiparticles and can help scientists determine...

Photo – SLAC engineers weld the xenon vessel shut
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Differences between two types of black-hole-powered galaxies may reflect a change in how the galaxies extract energy from their central black holes.

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After working with particle accelerators his entire professional career, Heather Rock Woods’ father placed himself in the path of a beam to fight cancer.