A joint Fermilab/SLAC publication
Illustration of two people sitting at table cherry pie: deconstruction

The cherry pie collider

What’s the next step in particle colliders? Symmetry takes a trip into the kitchen pantry to find out.

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Plasma acceleration

Like surfers on huge ocean waves, electrons can ride waves of plasma to very high energies.

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Linear collider plans move forward

A new international organization will guide the development of a $7.78 billion particle accelerator that could be heir to the Large Hadron Collider.

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What’s next for the Large Hadron Collider?

Experiments at the Large Hadron Collider made a major discovery, but the world’s highest-energy particle accelerator is just getting started.

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A model partnership

Bucking the “ivory tower” stereotype, particle theorists dive into Large Hadron Collider experimental searches and come up with a new way to look at the data.

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Decay channel

When particles decay, they transform into lighter particles. Physicists can predict how often a particle will decay into certain end products.

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What else could the Higgs be?

Scientists might need to go beyond the Standard Model to explain the mass of the Higgs-like boson observed at the Large Hadron Collider.

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Plasma accelerators: Finding focus

As physicists design new "tabletop" accelerators that power particles with plasma, they also need to reinvent the tools they use to view the beam.


Pierre Auger Observatory tests particle knowledge beyond reach of LHC


Experiments reveal new techniques in studying quark-gluon plasma