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Nuclear Physics

Transforming our understanding of energy and matter to advance national, economic and energy security

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A roadmap of matter that will help unlock the secrets of how the universe is put together

The DOE Office of Science's Nuclear Physics (NP) program supports the experimental and theoretical research needed to create this roadmap. This quest requires a broad approach to different, but related, scientific frontiers:

  • Improving the understanding of the building blocks of matter
  • Discovering the origins of nuclei
  • Identifying the forces that transform matter

Stewardship of the field is shared with the National Science Foundation's (NSF's) Nuclear Physics Program. DOE and NSF fund almost all basic research in nuclear physics.

LANL nuclear physics

The Los Alamos Nuclear Physics portfolio includes:

  • Discovery and applied science thrust areas
  • Understanding quantum chromodynamics
  • Searching for new physics beyond the current Standard Model
  • Applications of nuclear physics to important national problems

LANL physics collaborations

Laboratory nuclear data and nuclear theory support the following collaborations: