Particle Physicists Deliver Discovery Science Through Collaboration

Particle physicists seek to discover the fundamental laws of nature by making observations at the largest and smallest distances ever probed by humans. To meet this challenge, particle physicists from the U.S. and around the world join together in large groups, called collaborations. These collaborations have been incredibly successful at developing highly complex experiments and delivering world-leading science.


Particle Physicists Deliver Discovery Science Through Collaboration

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Building a Collaboration

Particle physics collaborations bring together many different partners. Each contributes essential skills and resources that enable scientists to answer fundamental questions about the universe.


National Labs

Scientists and engineers at U.S. National Laboratories develop, build, operate, and use some of the most advanced equipment of modern science, including world-class accelerators and ultra-sensitive detectors.




University researchers inspire, develop, and build experiments that push the frontiers of discovery science and play a vital role in training the next generation of scientists and engineers.



International Partners

International partners bring their unique expertise to U.S.-hosted experiments, while U.S. scientists contribute to world-class experiments hosted elsewhere.





Particle physicists turn to U.S. businesses small and large for specialized parts and equipment. Contracts for construction, fabrication, and services generate jobs for thousands of Americans.




Delivering Discovery Science

Collaborations bring experiments from concept to reality. Scientists, students, engineers, and technologists  work in concert throughout the course of an experiment, from design, through construction, to operations and analysis of data.

Their coordinated efforts allow the U.S. particle physics community to deliver on the long-term strategic plan of the Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel (P5). The P5 strategy enables a steady stream of exciting new results across five intertwined science drivers.

Building SuperCDMS-SNOLAB

Upgrading ATLAS at the LHC