The storage-ring magnet for the Muon G-2 experiment at Fermilab.
A series of thrilling research means physicists may have to start inventing brand new physics.
Measuring the mass of W bosons took 10 years – and the result was not what physicists expected.
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A decadelong experiment produced the most accurate measurement yet of the mass of W bosons. These particles are responsible for the weak force, and the result is more evidence for undiscovered physics.
Experiments at the Large Hadron Collider in Europe, like the ATLAS calorimeter seen here, are providing more accurate measurements of fundamental particles.
Physicists know a lot about the most fundamental properties of the universe, but they certainly don’t know everything. 2021 was a big year for physics – what was learned and what’s coming next?
A prototype of our novel plasma-based particle accelerator.
EuPRAXIA Conceptual Design Report
The compact accelerators are 100 times smaller than traditional ones, and could easily fit inside hospitals and laboratories.
Smaller research teams conduct more disruptive research; a new study could change research funding allocations.
A new study in Nature finds that large research teams develop recent ideas, while small teams conduct more disruptive and innovative research.
The activity during a high-energy collision at the CMS control room of the European Organization for Nuclear Research, CERN, at their headquarters outside Geneva, Switzerland.
The Large Hadron Collider has generated mind-blowing science in the last decade – including the Higgs boson particle. Why is the LHC so important, and how will physicists use it in the years to come?
How does our world work on a subatomic level?
Varsha Y S
A particle physicist explains just what this keystone theory includes. After 50 years, it’s the best we’ve got to answer what everything in the universe is made of and how it all holds together.
Map of all matter – most of which is invisible dark matter – between Earth and the edge of the observable universe.
Cosmologists are heading back to their chalkboards as the experiments designed to figure out what this unknown 84 percent of our universe actually is come up empty.
There’s a lot we still don’t know about antimatter.
One of the great mysteries of the universe is why there is so much more matter than antimatter. Now a new experiment is helping us understand the nature of antimatter better than ever before.
Genomes don’t translate easily into an understanding of disease.
Big data is all well and good, but if we want medical breakthroughs, we’ll need big theory too.
There’s a good reason you should care about the discovery of gravitational waves, even if you don’t understand the science.
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Particle accelerators are helping to push forward the frontiers of theoretical physics but they’ve also had more impact on your everyday life than you realise.
The Large Hadron Collider is playing a key role in enabling the collection of big data.
Big data is about processing large amounts of data. It is often associated with multiplicities of data. But the ability to generate data outpaces the ability to store it.
You can feel the weight of an object on Earth because of its mass. But what is mass?
We talk about mass all the time but what is it that actually gives an object mass? And why do some things have mass and others have no mass at all?
Neutrinos, we’re looking for you! Japan’s Super-Kamiokande detector.
Kamioka Observatory, ICRR (Institute for Cosmic Ray Research), The University of Tokyo
The Nobel Prize-winning research on neutrinos is expected to push the boundaries of science and technology.
The latest data from the particle accelerator that found the Higgs Boson has confirmed another of our theories about how the universe works.
Running the world’s largest particle accelerator requires a lot of energy, but it could reveal the secrets of the universe.
Gearing up for another run.
CERN’s huge particle accelerator has been switched back on after a two-year upgrade to continue its search for answers.
What lies within?
Ticking off subatomic particles one by one, now let’s see what an LHC upgrade will do.
A 3D artist has dissected the LHC in this composite image, showing a cut-out section of a superconducting dipole magnet. The beam pipes are represented as clear tubes, with counter-rotating proton beams shown in red and blue.
The Large Hadron Collider is ramping up to probe even deeper into the fundamental constituents of matter.