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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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Researchers have used the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument to make the largest 3D map of our universe and world-leading measurements of dark energy, the...

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Once set in place atop a telescope in Chile, the 3,200-megapixel LSST Camera will help researchers better understand dark matter, dark energy and other...

Researchers examine the LSST Camera
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In a new study, SLAC researchers suggest a small-scale solution could be the key to solving a large-scale mystery.

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Sensors designed and created at SLAC could help a proposed satellite mission map the X-ray emissions of galaxies with unprecedented precision.

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An advisory committee recommends the US work to advance three key areas of emerging accelerator technology.

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SLAC experimentalists and theorists collaborate to develop critical detector components, data analysis tools, and theoretical models for the HL-LHC upgrade, which will investigate the...

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The latest results put the strongest constraints on the expansion of the universe ever obtained with DES supernova data.

Blanco Telescope
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A new report outlines suggestions for federal investments needed for the next generation of transformative discoveries in particle physics and cosmology, including priority projects...

A web of dark matter, in which galaxies are forming.
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To understand why scientists are excited about detecting a new background, just look to the history of studies of the CMB.

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They’ll work on experiments searching for dark matter and physics beyond the Standard Model of particle physics to push our understanding of what makes...

Kelly Stifter and Julia Gonski.
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The first pair of towers are now at the Ontario facility, where they'll further the hunt for dark matter particles.

SuperCDMS tower
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Together with two long-time collaborators, he is recognized for work that helps us understand the strong nuclear force.

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