High energy physics studies the ultimate nature of matter, space, and time. Discoveries in high energy physics range from finding new particles, such as the Higgs boson, to elucidating the properties of elusive particles such as neutrinos. The ongoing search for dark matter and the use of cosmology to study fundamental physics aims to revolutionize our current understanding of the evolution and structure of the Universe. The largest and most complex experiments in the world are carried out in the domain of high energy physics. For this reason, the challenges facing the field are often too vast for one laboratory or institution to tackle independently.
High energy physics involves a truly international community, with world-wide participation in several experiments. As a multi-mission scientific laboratory, Argonne brings to bear a unique identity and set of capabilities in contributing to the larger projects in the field. Argonne’s mission requires us to undertake projects that provide benefits to high energy physics as a whole; we are both leaders and partners.
Throughout its history, Argonne has played a prominent role in many of the most important high energy physics experiments of the past 50 years, dating from the founding of the High Energy Physics Division in 1959 and the advent of the Zero Gradient Synchrotron, a powerful proton accelerator, in 1963. Since then, Argonne scientists gave contributed to a number of experiments, including contributions to the discovery of the top quark and the elusive Higgs boson, measurement of neutrino properties, and observations of the cosmic microwave background, the ‘first light’ in the Universe. Today, we continue in this spirit, contributing via experiments, theoretical calculations, and large-scale computing to arrive at answers to some of the most important and complex scientific questions in physical science.
High Energy Physics Division’s scientific program is collaborative and multidisciplinary. We partner with colleagues in Argonne’s other divisions and throughout the world to create new technologies and solutions. The future of high energy physics rests on an approach that combines theory, materials development, detector physics, computation, and good program management. We share information freely to develop an aligned approach that plays to and leverages existing strengths both here at Argonne and throughout our collaborations.