Our Research Topics

For more than 50 years, TRIUMF has been a key contributor to Canada’s successes on the world stage — driving global multidisciplinary advancements through its world-class facilities, talent, and scientific and technological expertise. TRIUMF’s Research Topics go from macro to micro. We accelerate discovery and innovation by connecting the study of the vast with the study of the very, very small.

Accelerator Science
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We develop and operate advanced accelerator technology using sophisticated simulation techniques, from high-intensity cyclotrons, superconducting radiofrequency (SRF) linacs and colliders to high-power targets and ion-sources.

Applied Ion Beams
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We use our proton and neutron beams to enable industry to de-risk electronics used in the aerospace and telecommunications sectors. We also use our proton beams to treat eye cancer. 

Applied Radioisotopes
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We develop and utilize radiopharmaceuticals for imaging, diagnosing, and treating a variety of life-threatening diseases as well as radiotracers used in industrial and environmental applications.

High Energy Frontier
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We push the discovery frontier at the highest energies with the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in search of new physics beyond the Standard Model.

Molecular and Materials Science
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We utilize muons and rare isotopes as probes of the electronic and magnetic properties of quantum materials, advancing a broad spectrum of topics.

Neutrinos and Dark Matter
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We utilize accelerator-based and deep underground experiments to elucidate the properties of neutrinos and to uncover the nature of dark matter particles.

Nuclear Astrophysics
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We investigate nuclear properties and reactions of short-lived rare isotopes to gain insights into the origin of the chemical elements in the universe.

Nuclear Chemistry
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We develop new radiotracer molecules that can be attached to various biomolecules that target functions or diseases in the body, enabling their imaging, diagnosis, and treatment.

Nuclear Structure and Dynamics
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We investigate the nature of atomic nuclei using short-lived rare isotopes at the extremes of nuclear existence to develop a unified theory of all nuclei.

Precision Tests of Fundamental Interactions
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We carry out some of the most precise measurements of the fundamental interactions and symmetries to discover new physics beyond the Standard Model of particle physics.

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