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Fundamental Nuclear and Particle Physics

Unlocks the mysteries of the universe by studying the infinitely large and infinitely small.

This section encompasses the following research groups:

Neutrino Research Group —Leads the search for the rare neutrino-less double-beta decay process in 76Ge, establishes leadership in fundamental neutrino physics (at the SNS and HFIR) and grows programs in high energy physics, nuclear non-proliferation and dark matter searches.

Neutron Symmetries Group — Probes the origin of the matter-antimatter asymmetry with neutron- based experiments at the SNS and develops a continuing program at the Second Target Station and/or HFIR.

Relativistic Nuclear Physics Group — Maps the quark – gluon structure and dynamics of strongly interacting matter including the proton and nuclei at the future Electron Ion Collider and the quark gluon plasma through heavy ion experiments at the Large Hadron Collider. 

Theoretical and Computational Physics Group —Utilizes high-performance and quantum computing to address problems in nuclear and particle physics, focusing on understanding how nuclear structure evolves across the nuclear chart, and how stars live, die, and create the elements of which we and our surroundings are made. 


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