A joint Fermilab/SLAC publication
Illustration depicting the many paths for a PhD recipient

To PhD or not to PhD

Respondents to Symmetry’s survey about what it’s like to earn a PhD in particle physics or astrophysics offer their views of the experience.

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The quest to test quantum entanglement

Quantum entanglement, doubted by Einstein, has passed increasingly stringent tests.

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How not to be fooled in physics

Particle physicists and astrophysicists employ a variety of tools to avoid erroneous results.

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Think big, go small

Nothing beats a small experiment for the breadth of experience it gives the scientist.

Collage of Stephen Hawking including: Oxford university, eye tracker, gravitational waves, equations, and a disability symbol

Approaching disability like a scientist

People with disabilities are underrepresented in STEM.

Illustration of a view of the LHC for people with visual impairments (red, black, green, blue, pink, grey, white)

LHC exhibit expands beyond the visual

The touring Tactile Collider event explores new ways to access Large Hadron Collider science through touch, sound and live interaction.

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Learning to speak quantum

Particle physicists are studying ways to harness the power of the quantum realm to further their research.

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Clearing a path to the stars

Astronomers are at the forefront of the fight against light pollution, which can obscure our view of the cosmos.

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99 percent invisible

With a small side project, astronomers discover a new type of galaxy.

Desktop muon detector

The $100 muon detector

A doctoral student and his adviser designed a tabletop particle detector they hope to make accessible to budding young engineering physicists.