The Physical Sciences Area seeks to understand the fundamental physics of the universe at scales ranging from the infinitely small, inside the world of subatomic particles and nuclei, to the infinitely large, in the structure and evolution of the universe. To tackle these two infinities, we develop cutting-edge tools and technologies, coupled with creative scientific insights, that advance scientific knowledge and ultimately benefit society.

Compact S-filter at Bldg. 53 Engineer and intern inspecting blue tubing Solenoidal Tracker at Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider and the Time Projection Chamber, project field cage ATLAS pixel detectors in clean room Experiment to Capture Universe’s Earliest Moments Reaches Funding Milestone New Map of Space Precisely Measures Nearly 400,000 Nearby Galaxies Making Rad Maps With Robot Dogs