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Brookhaven Science: a passion for discovery

Brookhaven National Laboratory applies its expertise and world-class facilities to pressing scientific questions about everything from the fundamental forces of nature to the complex interactions of ecosystems and the environment. Our cutting-edge explorations reveal processes that unfold across the smallest and largest scales of time and space imaginable—from the building blocks of matter to the edges of the universe itself.

With our extensive core research capabilities and rich history of scientific breakthroughs, we advance the mission of the U.S Department of Energy's Office of Science through the study of nuclear and particle physics to gain a deeper understanding of matter, energy, space, and time; photon sciences and nanomaterials research to address energy problems of critical importance to the nation; and cross-disciplinary research to understand the relationship between climate change, sustainable energy, and Earth’s ecosystems.

Research Themes

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Energy Security

We are exploring scientific solutions to improve the efficiency of energy storage, use, transmission, and sustainable generation to reduce the nation's carbon footprint and grow our energy economy.

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Photon Sciences

Our light source works as powerful microscope for studies of material structures and properties at the atomic and nanometer scales to enable the design of new energy-efficient materials, pharmaceuticals, and more.

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QCD Matter

We recreate matter as it existed just after the Big Bang—more than 13 billion years ago—to study how fundamental subatomic particles and their interactions gave shape to the visible matter of the universe today.

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Physics of the Universe

Our scientists conduct world-leading research to unravel the secrets of the universe, from the origin of mass to the mysteries of dark matter and dark energy.

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Climate, Env. & Biosci.

We research climate change, ecosystems, and sustainable energy to provide a scientific basis for informed climate change management strategies, approaches to adaptation, and policy decisions.

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Related Expertise

In addition to our major research activities, we have expertise and smaller programs in a range of areas including accelerator science and technology, biological imaging, homeland and national security, and advanced computation.