Wilson Synchotron Lab

Accelerator Physics

Cornell accelerator physicists pursue a broad range of topics in accelerator science and technology, from the operation of the on-campus Cornell Electron Storage Ring, also known as CESR, to the construction of an innovative new x-ray light source and the design and construction of future high energy colliders.

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Gravitational waves

Astrophysics, General Relativity and Cosmology

Cornell has long been a leader in theoretical astrophysics—the modeling of phenomena in our solar system, galaxy, distant galaxies and the early universe.

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Biological Physics

Biological physics uses the tools and techniques of physics to understand the inner workings of the machinery found in living organisms on length scales ranging from the molecular to the macroscopic. 

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ECMP equipment

Experimental Atomic and Condensed Matter Physics

Condensed-matter physics concerns atoms in close proximity to one another and interacting strongly, as in the liquid and solid states.

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Synchtron tunnel

Experimental Elementary Particle Physics

Cornell’s particle physicists are involved with the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, the International Linear Collider and the Cornell Electron Storage Ring (CESR).

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Students in Physics class

Physics Education Research

Physics Education Research (PER) is the study of how people learn physics and how to improve the quality of physics education.

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Theoretical Condensed-Matter Physics

Cornell set in place several keystones of contemporary condensed-matter physics.

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Theoretical Elementary Particle Physics

The Standard Model of strong, electromagnetic and weak interactions is the crowning achievement of twentieth century physics.

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