A joint Fermilab/SLAC publication

Big ideas, big picture

Broaden and deepen your understanding of particle physics and astrophysics.

04/23/19

Falsifiability and physics

Can a theory that isn’t completely testable still be useful to physics?

03/14/19

The potential of plasma wakefield acceleration

Scientists around the world are testing ways to further boost the power of particle accelerators while drastically shrinking their size.

10/18/18

Five mysteries the Standard Model can’t explain

Our best model of particle physics explains only about 5 percent of the universe.

09/25/18

How not to be fooled in physics

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

06/19/18

Waiting for a sign

Some scientists spend decades trying to catch a glimpse of a rare process. But with good experimental design and a lot of luck, they often need only a handful of signals to make a discovery.

04/24/18

The coevolution of physics and math

Breakthroughs in physics sometimes require an assist from the field of mathematics—and vice versa.

12/19/17

Machine evolution

Planning the next big science machine requires consideration of both the current landscape and the distant future.

09/05/17

What can particles tell us about the cosmos?

The minuscule and the immense can reveal quite a bit about each other.

 
05/16/17

The facts and nothing but the facts

At a recent workshop on blind analysis, researchers discussed how to keep their expectations out of their results.

04/18/17

How blue-sky research shapes the future

While driven by the desire to pursue curiosity, fundamental investigations are the crucial first step to innovation.

03/28/17

How to make a discovery

Particle physics is a dance between theory and experiment.

 
02/28/17

How to build a universe

Our universe should be a formless fog of energy. Why isn’t it?

02/07/17

What ended the dark ages of the universe?

New experiments will help astronomers uncover the sources that helped make the universe transparent.

 
07/28/16

The deconstructed Standard Model equation

The Standard Model is far more than elementary particles arranged in a table.

06/21/16

All four one and one for all

A theory of everything would unite the four forces of nature, but is such a thing possible?

06/02/16

What is a “particle”?

Quantum physics says everything is made of particles, but what does that actually mean?

05/12/16

Where does mass come from?

The Higgs field gives mass to elementary particles, but most of our mass comes from somewhere else.

05/17/16

Why do objects feel solid?

The way you think about atoms may not be quite right.

11/03/15

The particle physics of you

Not only are we made of fundamental particles, we also produce them and are constantly bombarded by them throughout the day.

09/29/15

New discovery? Or just another bump?

For physicists, seeing is not always believing.

08/18/15

The age of the universe

How can we figure out when the universe began?

08/05/15

The mystery of particle generations

Why are there three almost identical copies of each particle of matter?

07/28/15

Is this the only universe?

Our universe could be just one small piece of a bubbling multiverse.

04/07/15

Our flat universe

Not a curve in sight, as far as the eye can see.

03/12/15

Einstein's most famous equation

You’ve heard of Einstein’s E=mc2, but what does it mean?

09/23/14

When research worlds collide

Particle physicists and scientists from other disciplines are finding ways to help one another answer critical questions.

07/01/14

Waiting for supernova

Catching a nearby supernova would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience that could give scientists a glimpse into physics they could never recreate on Earth.

01/06/14

Physicists harness the power of probability

What do the stock market, weather models and the discovery of the Higgs boson all have in common? They all are deeply indebted to statistics.

11/26/13

The early universe

How is it possible to look at the earliest moments of the universe?

10/29/13

Why particle physics matters

Particle physics has revolutionized the way we look at the universe.

10/22/13

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.

09/24/13

The great physics quest

In their search for fundamental truths, particle physicists have a lot in common with explorers everywhere. 

07/18/13

Real talk: Everything is made of fields

Theorist Sean Carroll thinks it’s time you learned the truth: All of the particles you know—including the Higgs—are actually fields.

06/01/12

Through a muon’s eyes

The muon—the short-lived cousin of the electron—could be the key to understanding relationships between other fundamental particles. And it holds a mystery all its own.