Nuclear Physics

The Nuclear Physics Researchs

  1. Exotic atoms and Nuclei
  2. Nuclear Fusion
  3. Nuclear Radiation in Matter

Nuclear physics is an important pursuit because the study of the nucleus of the atom is at the heartof our ability to understand the universe. It provides answers and expands our knowledge of both theinfinitely small and the extremely large. For instance, we have learned that the nucleus exists as a result of relatively simple interactions between subatomic particles known as quarks and gluons. And that these particles form a complex system of incredible richness and diversity that makes it possible for us, our world and our visibleuniverse to exist. But there’s still much to learn about these particles and the forces influencing them.

In pursuit of this knowledge, nuclear physicists probe nuclei with complex devices called accelerators, gather information from the probes with sophisticated detector systems, and record and analyze that information through advanced computing. They then share what they’ve learned – concepts, tools and techniques – with many others, including cosmologists and astronomers seeking to understand the origins and workings of the universe, and those studying complex systems and emergent phenomena in biology.

Pursuing this knowledge leads to benefits that are difficult to predict. Likewise, many outcomes and possible applications resulting from this pursuit cannot be imagined at this time. If the past is an indication, the benefits to society will be many and life changing.