symmetry magazine

dimensions of particle physics

dimensions of particle physics

A joint Fermilab/SLAC publication



February 2015

January 2015

  • January 6, 2015
    application: Accelerator-powered carbon dating
    An accelerator-driven form of carbon dating advances everything from archaeology to personalized medicine.

July 2014

June 2014

  • June 24, 2014
    application: Computing power for all
    The Open Science Grid enables faster, more efficient analysis of LHC data—and also contributes to advancements in fields from geology to medicine.
  • June 3, 2014
    application: Beam on: My father’s fight with cancer
    After working with particle accelerators his entire professional career, Heather Rock Woods’ father placed himself in the path of a beam to fight cancer.

May 2014

February 2014

  • February 4, 2014
    application: A second chance at sight
    Silicon microstrip detectors, a staple in particle physics experiments, provide information that may be critical to restoring vision to some who lost it.

January 2014

November 2013

  • November 5, 2013
    application: How particle physics can save your life
    From new medicines to cancer treatment, the tools of particle physics play an important role in hospitals around the world.

April 2013

  • April 2, 2013
    application: Semiconductors
    Accelerator-powered ion implantation proves key to advances in integrated circuits.

March 2013

October 2012

  • October 2, 2012
    application: Beehives
    About 30 percent of bees in the United States die of disease, infection or other causes each year, a number beekeepers say will have a serious impact on agriculture. Could particle accelerators be the solution?

June 2012

  • June 1, 2012
    application: Accelerator beams for early cancer detection
    Esophageal cancer is one of the eight most common cancers worldwide, with nearly half a million new cases each year. Of those diagnosed, only 5 to 10 percent survive for at least five years and, for reasons doctors don’t yet understand, this cancer is on the rise—especially in the West. Now scientists are developing a particle accelerator into a new tool for diagnosing pre-cancerous tissues in patients at risk.

May 2012

  • May 1, 2012
    application: Particle physics and your ride
    Metal products contain microscopic stresses that can grow into bigger problems. How engineers choose to manage these stresses makes all the difference.

April 2012

  • April 1, 2012
    application: Pursuing protons for medical imaging
    A new kind of detector technology that could lead to discoveries in particle physics may also lead to better 3D images of the human body and help cancer patients.

February 2012

  • February 1, 2012
    application: Radioisotopes
    Today, tens of millions of patients each year are diagnosed and treated with accelerator-based radioisotopes.

October 2011

  • October 1, 2011
    application: Ink curing
    Next time you pour yourself a bowl of Cheerios, thank the particle accelerator that brought you the bright yellow box. A growing number of printing companies are using innovative accelerator technology to print the cereal boxes that grace the breakfast table.

May 2011

  • May 1, 2011
    application: Diapers
    In the United States, we buy more than 20 billion disposable diapers each year. That's a lot of baby bottoms to keep dry, and parents everywhere can thank particle accelerators for doing their part.

February 2011

  • February 1, 2011
    application: Food packaging
    Traditional methods for sterilizing empty packaging are simple and effective, but have environmental drawbacks. Low-energy electron beams from particle accelerators provide an environmentally friendly alternative.