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The mission of the Physics division is to understand the origin, evolution and structure of baryonic matter in the universe – the matter that makes up stars, planets and human life itself. The intellectual challenges of this research represent some of the most fundamental challenges in modern science, shaping our understanding of both tiny objects at the center of the atom and some of the largest structures in the universe. The division’s research focuses on innovative new ways to address these challenges.

Argonne’s Physics division’s programs include operation of the Argonne Tandem Linac Accelerator System (ATLAS) national user facility.

Argonne Tandem Linear Accelerator System

Argonne Tandem Linear Accelerator System

ATLAS is the world’s first superconducting linear accelerator for heavy-ion beams that offers users the ability to study hard-to-observe atomic components.

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