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On January 13, 2012, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory senior scientist Dr. Saul Perlmutter spoke with Energy Department staff about his research that earned him a 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics.


Dark Energy Cam: Fermilab Expands Understanding of Expanding Universe
Researchers at Fermi National Lab team stand beside the 570-megapixels, five-ton Dark Energy camera, which will be capable of measuring the expansion of the universe - and developing better models about how dark energy works. | Photo by Reidar Hahn, Fermi National Lab

In Dark Energy science, scientists have found flaws in accepted theories using them to build even better models of how nature actually works.

Higgs Boson May Be Within Sight

Physicists from the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) should know by March whether the famous missing piece of the physics puzzle -- the Higgs boson -- exists or not.

National Lab Scientists Win Nobel Recognition
Dr. Saul Perlmutter, who won the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics, heads the Supernova Cosmology Project at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. It was this team along with the High-z Supernova Search Team which found evidence of the accelerating expansion of the universe.

This week, Secretary Chu congratulated two scientists for their trailblazing work: Dr. Saul Perlmutter in the Energy Department’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, who was recently named the winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics, and Dr. Daniel Shechtman, who is currently an associate scientist at the Energy Department's Ames Laboratory, for winning the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry “for the discovery of quasicrystals.”

10 Questions for a Physicist: Christian Bauer
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Physicist Christian Bauer | Photo courtesy Roy Kaltschmidt, LBNL

Meet Christian Bauer – theoretical physicist at Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory and a newly minted recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). In the latest 10 Questions, Dr. Bauer discusses his work in high-energy physics and shares how these developments are helping craft our understanding of nature’s most fundamental questions.