particle physics

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Definition of particle physics 

: a branch of physics dealing with the constitution, properties, and interactions of elementary particles especially as revealed in experiments using particle accelerators

called also high-energy physics

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The office supports six research programs in advanced scientific computing, basic energy science, biological and environmental research, fusion energy research, high-energy particle physics, and nuclear physics. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Senators question nominees for DOE's science and clean-energy research wings," 27 June 2018 Gelfand’s father, Norman, is a former University of Chicago physics professor who also worked as a scientist for nearly 30 years for Fermilab in Batavia, Ill., specializing in high-energy particle physics. Marc Stein, New York Times, "The Left Side of Steve Kerr’s Brain," 7 June 2018 Anyone wishing to bone up on particle physics would benefit from physicist Gagnon's book, which profiles the tiniest stuff in the universe. Andrea Gawrylewski, Scientific American, "Apollo, the Graphic Novel; Scientists on Acid and Other New Science Books," 1 June 2018 Flavored specks that are found everywhere yet felt by no one; matter that seems solid but is actually mostly empty – this is the bizarre science of particle physics. Author: Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, "In a cosmic first, scientists detect ‘ghost particles’ from a distant galaxy," 12 July 2018 Flavored specks that are found everywhere yet felt by no one; matter that seems solid but is actually mostly empty - this is the bizarre science of particle physics. Sarah Kaplan, chicagotribune.com, "In a cosmic first, scientists detect 'ghost particles' from a distant galaxy," 12 July 2018 Since 2002, a few groups have been studying antihydrogen at the European particle physics laboratory, CERN, in Meyrin, Switzerland, the world's only major source of antiprotons. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Atoms and antiatoms haven’t crashed Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity—yet," 4 Apr. 2018 According to Artnet News’ Taylor Dafoe, the immersive work draws on data from the Large Hadron Collider, the powerful particle accelerator housed at Swiss particle physics laboratory CERN. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "‘HALO’ Makes Art Out of Subatomic Particle Collisions at Art Basel," 15 June 2018 In that respect, the book presents a very disturbing picture of particle physics. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Lost in Math," 29 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of particle physics

1946, in the meaning defined above

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