SLAC topics

Particle physics RSS feed

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.

Related links:
Physics of the universe
Elementary particle physics

Particles collide in this illustration

News Feature

Astrophysicists use a catalog of extended gamma-ray sources spotted by Fermi spacecraft to home in on mysterious properties of deep space.

Fermi extended sources
News Feature
VIA Symmetry Magazine

The 3-ton ruler

A specialized measuring machine at SLAC is helping scientists build precise detectors for the ATLAS experiment.

Measuring machine
News Feature

In a first, researchers measure extremely small and fast changes that occur in plasma when it’s zapped with a laser. Their technique will have...

LCLS Plasma Expansion
News Feature
VIA Symmetry Magazine

Dark matter vibes

New technology could help future SuperCDMS SNOLAB experiment expand the search for light dark matter particles

SuperCDMS Prototype Crystal
News Feature

SLAC researchers play an important role in the data acquisition of the largest liquid-argon neutrino detector in the world, a prototype for the future...

ProtoDUNE Tracks
News Feature

Today the ATLAS collaboration, which includes SLAC physicists, announced with the CMS collaboration the joint discovery of the Higgs boson transforming into bottom quarks...

News Feature

A team of electrical designers develops specialized microchips for a broad range of scientific applications, including X-ray science and particle physics.

This illustration shows the layout of an application-specific integrated circuit, or ASIC, at an imaginary art exhibition.
News Feature

The event attracted 124 participants and explores the successes and challenges of the theory that describes subatomic particles and fundamental forces.

SSI 2018
News Feature

Researchers from SLAC and around the world increasingly use machine learning to handle Big Data produced in modern experiments and to study some of...

Machine Learning in HEP
News Feature

Their work will deepen our understanding of matter in extreme conditions and fundamental particle physics.

Panofsky Fellows 2018
Press Release

Richter designed particle accelerators and carried out experiments that led to the Nobel Prize-winning discovery of the charm quark.

News Feature

SLAC and Stanford researchers are developing a device that combines electrical brain stimulation with EEG recording, opening potential new paths for treating neurological disorders.