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A “muoscope” with CMS technology

March 22, 2019

Particle physicists are experts at seeing invisible things and their detecting techniques have already found many applications in…
Light expansion principle. Image credit: Credit: Sean Kelley/NIST (YouTube screenshot)
New Device Widens Light Beams by 400 Times – Boosts Sensitivity in Medical Imaging, and Toxins Detection

November 28, 2018

By using light waves instead of electric current to transmit data, photonic chips—circuits for light—have advanced fundamental research…
Understanding the universe through neutrinos

July 14, 2018

Determining features of the elusive particle known as a neutrino – through the observation of an extremely rare…
Detector prototype sees beam

May 28, 2018

Optimised from top to bottom: new calorimeter produces good results in the test beam. Particle physics will always…
Neutrons by the Numbers

May 22, 2018

New counting technique delivers unprecedented accuracy. After years of research, scientists at the National Institute of Standards and…
Underground neutrino experiment sets the stage for deep discovery about matter

March 26, 2018

If equal amounts of matter and antimatter had formed in the Big Bang more than 13 billion years…
Surprising Result Shocks Scientists Studying Spin

January 9, 2018

Findings on how differently sized nuclei respond to spin offer new insight into mechanisms affecting particle production in…
Icebound detector reveals how ghostly neutrinos are stopped cold

November 23, 2017

Famously, neutrinos, the nearly massless particles that are a fundamental component of the universe, can zip through a…
ATLAS sees first direct evidence of light-by-light scattering at high energy

August 15, 2017

Geneva, 14 August 2017. Physicists from the ATLAS experiment at CERN have found the first direct evidence of high…
World’s smallest neutrino detector observes elusive interactions of particles

August 10, 2017

In 1974, a Fermilab physicist predicted a new way for ghostly particles called neutrinos to interact with matter.…
World’s smallest neutrino detector finds big physics fingerprint

August 4, 2017

OAK RIDGE, Tenn — A team of physicists, including three from the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has…
Heavy Particles Get Caught Up in the Flow

May 29, 2017

First results from new precision particle detector designed to reveal detailed properties of subatomic “soup” that mimics the…
Super sensitive devices work on recycling atoms

April 14, 2017

Next-generation sensors to be used in fields as diverse as mineral exploration and climate change will be turbo…
NASA Finds Unusual Origins of High-Energy Electrons

November 15, 2016

High above the surface, Earth’s magnetic field constantly deflects incoming supersonic particles from the sun. These particles are…
Detector’s last experiment narrows search for dark matter

July 22, 2016

A 20-month experiment to detect dark matter from the depths of an abandoned gold mine has come to…
The world’s newest atom-smasher achieves its ‘first turns’

March 3, 2016

PNNL leads U.S. contribution to Belle II detector at Japan’s new SuperKEKB accelerator One of the world’s top…
RHIC Particle Smashups Find that Shape Matters

December 8, 2015

Scientists colliding football- and sphere-shaped ions discover evidence supporting a paradigm shift in the birth of the quark-gluon…
NASA Small Satellites To Demonstrate Swarm Communications and Autonomy

December 8, 2015

NASA’s two Nodes small satellites hitched a ride to the International Space Station on the fourth Orbital ATK…
Seeing the invisible: Event displays in particle physics

June 5, 2015

Subatomic particles are far too tiny to see, so over the years physicists have devised ingenious ways to…
U.S. joins the world in a new era of research at the Large Hadron Collider

June 4, 2015

Yesterday scientists at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the European research facility, started recording data from the highest-energy…
Particle Detectors: Small teams, big dreams

June 1, 2015

Particle physics is the realm of billion-dollar machines and teams of thousands of scientists, all working together to…
National Security on the Move with High Energy Physics

April 26, 2015

Scientists are developing a portable technology that will safely and quickly detect nuclear material hidden within large objects…
New tabletop detector “sees” single electrons

April 21, 2015

MIT physicists have developed a new tabletop particle detector that is able to identify single electrons in a…
Observe neutral particles with this one weird trick

April 4, 2015

The previous Physics in a Nutshell introduced tracking, a technique that allows physicists to see the trajectories of individual…
The MINERvA test beam program: trust but verify

March 23, 2015

All particle physics experiments rely on computer simulations of their detectors to make measurements, but neutrino experiments struggle…
Happy trails of sub-atomic particles

March 20, 2015

Much of the complexity of particle physics experiments can be boiled down to two basic types of detectors:…
Detecting something with nothing

March 4, 2015

Researchers are one step closer to finding new physics with the completion of a harp-shaped prototype detector element…
Focusing horn for sub-atomic particles

February 26, 2015

Pictured here is the future NuMI Horn-1 magnet. The horn will carry 200,000 amperes of electric current, which will…
10 unusual detector materials

February 23, 2015

Hans had been waiting in the darkened room for 45 minutes. It was a dull part of his…
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