Physics Institutes and National Labs

Unites States of America

  • Argonne National Laboratory (ANL)
    nation's first national laboratory, chartered in 1946. Suporting projects ranging from studies of the atomic nucleus to global climate change research.
    Located in Argonne, IL

  • Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL)
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    conducts research in the physical, biomedical, and environmental sciences, as well as in energy technologies.
    Located in Upton, NY

  • Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL)
    Fermilab carries out research in high-energy physics to answer the questions: What is the universe made of? How does it work? Where did it come from?
    Located in Batavia, IL

  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL)
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    multiprogram lab where research in advanced materials, life sciences, energy efficiency, detectors and accelerators serves America's needs in technology and the environment.
    Located in Berkeley, CA

  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)
    high-performance computing, advanced engineering, and the management of large research and development projects of national security.
    Located in Livermore, CA

  • Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)
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    This DOE - Department of Energy laboratory ensures the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile; reduces threats to U.S. security; uses science to clean up the legacy of the Cold War; and provides technical solutions to key energy, environment, infrastructure, and health security problems.
    Located in Los Alamos, NM

  • National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)
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    aeronautics and space research.
    Located in Washington, D.C. (Headquarters) - multiple space center locations

  • National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST)
    NIST's mission is to develop and promote measurement, standards, and technology to enhance productivity, facilitate trade, and improve the quality of life.
    Located in Gaithersburg, MD

  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
    As the nation's leading center for renewable energy research, NREL is developing new energy technologies to benefit both the environment and the economy.
    Located in Golden, CO

  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
    conducts basic and applied research and development to create scientific knowledge and technological solutions that strengthen the nation's leadership in key areas of science; increase the availability of clean, abundant energy; restore and protect the environment; and contribute to national security.
    Located in Oak Ridge, TN

  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
    environmental, energy, health and national security objectives, strengthening the economy, and supporting the education of future scientists and engineers.
    Located in Richland, WA

  • Sandia National Laboratories (SNL)
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    Sandia is a national security laboratory operated for the U.S. Department of Energy by the Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin Co. They design all non-nuclear components for the nation’s nuclear weapons, perform a wide variety of energy research and development projects, and work on assignments that respond to national security threats — both military and economic.
    Located in Albuquerque, NM


  • Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (PI)
    >Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
    The current areas of cross-disciplinary research include: Cosmology, Particle Physics, Quantum Foundations, Quantum Gravity, Quantum Information Theory and Superstring Theory. In addition to research operations, Perimeter Institute also shares the importance of critical inquiry and scientific discovery with wide cross-sections of society. This is accomplished through specifically crafted educational outreach programs for three constituencies — students, teachers and members of the general public.
    Located in Waterloo, Ontario

  • Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO)
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    6800 feet under ground, in INCO's Creighton mine near Sudbury, Ontario, SNO is designed to detect neutrinos produced by fusion reactions in the sun. SNO is a 1000 tonnes heavy-water Cherenkov detector.
    Located in Sudbury, Ontario

    Canada's National Laboratory for Particle and Nuclear Physics. World-leading facilities for experiments in subatomic research with beams of pions, muons, protons and neutrons.
    Located in Vancouver, B.C.



  • High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK)
    KEK has two institutes, Institute of Particle and Nuclear Study, and Institute of Materials Structure Science. They carry out forefront researches in the field of particle and nuclear physics, such as B-factory project that attacks the riddle of matter and antimatter with the electron-positron collider machine, an experiment that investigates the secret of neutrinos, ...
    Located in Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan