New discoveries in high-energy physics have the potential to validate or revolutionize our current understanding of the evolution and structure of the universe. However, the challenges facing high-energy physics are too big and broad for one laboratory or organization to tackle independently.
High-energy physics involves a truly international community, and because Argonne is not a single-purpose high-energy physics laboratory, we need to figure out how maintain a unique identity and skillset while contributing to the larger projects and issues in the field. Our mission requires us to undertake projects that provide benefits to the field as a whole; we are both leaders and partners.
Throughout Argonne’s history, we have played a prominent role in many of the most important high-energy physics experiments of the past 50 years, from developing the ability to look back at the earliest days of the universe to uncovering the elusive Higgs boson. We continue in that spirit, contributing both experimentally and computationally to the answers to some of the biggest and most complex scientific questions that exist.
Our work 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.