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Working at the forefront of 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 want to understand our universe – from its smallest constituents to its largest structures.

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An enormous vat of pure liquid xenon will help scientists at SLAC and around the globe learn more about the universe.

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The power of awe and the cosmos

A cosmologist, cultural historian, and neurosurgeon discuss how outer space and otherworldly phenomena can inspire discovery across disciplines and bring people together.

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To capture as much information as possible about clouds of atoms at the heart of the MAGIS-100 experiment, SLAC scientists devised a dome of...

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They’ll work on experiments that search for dark matter particles and exotic neutrino decays that could help explain why there’s more matter than antimatter...

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Toro and Schuster are being recognized for their contributions to the design of experiments that use particle accelerators to search for dark matter particles.

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Edelen draws on machine learning to fine tune particle accelerators, while Kurinsky develops dark matter detectors informed by quantum information science.

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The leaders of SLAC's Technology Innovation Directorate discuss how their group supports the lab's most innovative projects.

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What is a quantum network?

As we step into the quantum age, here are four things to know about quantum networks.

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The quantum squeeze

A technique from the newest generation of quantum sensors is helping scientists to use the limitations of the Heisenberg uncertainty principle to their advantage.

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More than one way to make a qubit

Scientists are exploring a variety of ways to make quantum bits. We may not need to settle on a single one.

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This month marks the 30-year anniversary of the first website in North America, launched at SLAC. In this Q&A, one of the Wizards recalls...

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The research could lead to a better understanding of extreme astrophysical environments and the development of compact high-energy radiation sources for science.

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