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Cracking Open Strong Field Quantum Electrodynamics

Berkeley Lab’s researchers’ unique capabilities aided international effort to probe fundamental questions in physics

Unprecedented Plasma Lensing for High-Intensity Lasers

New research on plasma lensing at BELLA helps confirm laser plasma accelerators can be scaled up as BELLA Center pushes toward higher energies

Is Gravity a Quantum Force?

Researchers at Berkeley Lab and the National Institute of Standards and Technology have proposed an experiment that may settle the persistent question: Is gravity truly a quantum force?

Berkeley Lab Optical Innovation Could Calm the Jitters of High-Power Lasers

The Berkeley Lab Laser Accelerator (BELLA) Center at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed and tested an innovative optical system to precisely measure and control the position and pointing angle of high-power laser beams with unprecedented accuracy

Bevatron Site Recognized for Historical Contributions to Physics

The site of the former Bevatron, a particle accelerator at Berkeley Lab that operated from 1954 to 1993, has been designated a historic site by the American Physical Society for its exemplary contributions to physics.

Five Berkeley Lab Scientists Receive Prestigious Five-Year Research Grant

Five scientists at Berkeley Lab have been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science to receive funding through the Early Career Research Program (ECRP).

Nathalie Palanque-Delabrouille to Lead Berkeley Lab’s Physics Division

Nathalie Palanque-Delabrouille, a cosmologist and research director at the Institute for Research on the Fundamental Laws of the Universe at the CEA Paris-Saclay research center, has been selected to serve as the next division director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s (Berkeley Lab) Physics Division. Her appointment will be effective in late August. The announcement follows an

Successful Start of Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) Follows Record-Setting Trial Run

A five-year quest to map the universe and unravel the mysteries of “dark energy” is beginning officially today, May 17, at Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson, Arizona.

Detector Technology Developed at Berkeley Lab Yields Unprecedented 3D Images, Heralding Far Larger Application to Study Neutrinos

An experiment to capture unprecedented 3D images of the trajectories of charged particles has been demonstrated using cosmic rays as they strike and travel through a cryostat filled with a ton of liquid argon. The results confirm the capabilities of a novel detector technology for particle physics.

Supernovae Twins Open Up New Possibilities for Precision Cosmology

Cosmologists have found a way to double the accuracy of measuring distances to supernova explosions – one of their tried-and-true tools for studying the mysterious dark energy that is making the universe expand faster and faster.