A joint Fermilab/SLAC publication
Photo by Sandbox Studio, Chicago

Unanswered questions


Do you think scientists have the answers to all the questions? As these researchers admit, there’s still so much to discover. Particle physics is brimming with mysteries and unknowns.

Bring hundreds of smart physicists together and what do you get? Lots of questions!

This summer, more than 700 particle physicists from nearly 100 universities and laboratories across the United States came together on the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus for the Snowmass Community Summer Study meeting. There, they discussed the decades ahead in US particle physics, carefully considering the next steps in their studies of energy, matter, space and time.

During coffee breaks, symmetry asked attendees to share open questions in particle physics. Here’s a sample of what particle physicists think about and what they hope to discover in the coming decades. (A poster of these questions is also available here.)

Steve Wimpenny
University of California, Riverside
Stefan Funk
SLAC/Stanford University
Robin Erbacher
University of California, Davis
Kevin Lesko
Berkeley Lab
Erik Ramberg
Elizabeth Worcester
Brookhaven National Lab
Kanika Sachdev
University of Minnesota
James Matthews
Louisiana State University
Akiya Miyamoto
High Energy Accelerator Research Organization
Hiroaki Ono
Nippon Dental University
Jonathan Asaadi
Syracuse University
Herman White
Chien-Yi Chen
Brookhaven National Lab
Hao-Yi Wu
University of Michigan
Inga Karliner
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Ian Shipsey
Purdue University
Richard Ruiz
University of Pittsburgh
Marcelle Soares-Santos
Ren-Yuan Zhu
Wade Fisher
Michigan State University
Paul Lebrun
Abigail Vieregg
Harvard University
Altan Cakir
Peter Onyisi
University of Texas, Austin
Brenda Dingus
Los Alamos National Lab
Pushpa Bhat
Gabe Shaughnessy
University of Wisconsin
Alysia Marino
University of Colorado
Prisca Cushman
University of Minnesota
Rebecca (age 4)
Daughter of Matthew Strait, University of Chicago
Ian Shipsey
Purdue University


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