Physics Without Borders

ATLAS Collaboration
The ATLAS collaboration. Image © CERN
The extraordinary discovery opportunities provided by the LHC experiments bring thousands of scientists from every corner of the globe to work together on the largest scientific experiments ever conducted. These particle physics collaborations take on added significance as beacons for free and open exchange among men and women of science of all nations. They offer a shining model for cooperation from a field of science long known for its leadership in international collaboration.

In all, more than 8,000 scientists and students from almost 60 nations on six continents collaborate on the LHC's six experiments. Of those, about 1,700 come from universities and laboratories in the United States. Federal funding for the US scientists' work comes from the Office of Science of the US Department of Energy and from the National Science Foundation.