Experimental particle physics

Experimental particle physics is the practical investigation of the fundamental components of matter and radiation. A crucial tool in the arsenal of the experimental particle physicist is the particle accelerator. The fundamental particles that make up matter can briefly be revealed when matter collides together at speeds close to that of light.

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  • Comments & Opinion |

    Past and present chairs of the Division of Particles and Fields of the American Physical Society explain how the high-energy physics community in the US decides the priorities for research through regular planning exercises that started 40 years ago at Snowmass, Colorado.

    • Joel Butler
    • , R. Sekhar Chivukula
    •  & Priscilla Cushman
  • Editorial |

    We celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the discovery of the Higgs boson — a whopping 48 years after its prediction.

    Nature Physics 18, 721
  • Comments & Opinion |

    As we celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the discovery of the Higgs boson, CERN’s Director-General at that time reminisces about the years leading up to this milestone.

    • Rolf-Dieter Heuer
    Nature Physics 18, 722-724
  • News & Views |

    The hunt for new particles helps to complete our understanding of hadronic matter. The LHCb Collaboration now reports the surprising observation of a doubly charmed tetraquark.

    • Zhiqing Liu
    Nature Physics 18, 732-733
  • Research Highlights |

    Two recent studies report more stringent constraints on dark matter from experiments with atoms and ions that make use of techniques and devices developed for quantum technologies.

    • Iulia Georgescu