Physics and Education at LNS

LNS has active physics programs in many areas of high-energy and accelerator physics.


LNS operates and upgrades the Cornell Electron Storage Ring (CESR), a high-luminosity 6+6 GeV electron-positron collider. Explore CESR on the CESR virtual tour, visiting the The current CESR operating status can be viewed on the CESR status page and CESR "scoreboard". CESR also provides x-ray beams for the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS), a separate center serving synchrotron radiation users.

Accelerator Physics Research

Accelerator physics research at LNS includes development of superconducting radio-frequency (SRF) cavities. Learn about superconducing RF cavities from the Superconducting RF Cavities Primer.


Wilson Lab is home of the CLEO particle physics detector, concentrating on heavy quarks (c and b) and leptons (tau). Research using the CLEO detector is carried out by the CLEO collaboration, involving Cornell and 25 other universities. Explore CLEO on the CLEO virtual tour, visiting the For a brief description of heavy quark physics at LNS, see fundamental particles and the Standard Model and The CESR High Energy Physics program. For summaries of the latest physics results, see the recent CLEO results and the index to CLEO analyses.

High Energy Theory

LNS has an active program of Nuclear, particle, and astrophysical theory research.


Part of the mission of LNS is education. In fulfillment of that mission, Wilson Laboratory often gives tours to groups ranging from elementary school children to physicists visiting from other research sites. LNS recently had prepared a video overview of the lab activities that is shown on the tours. To arrange a tour, call the Wilson Lab office at 607-255-4882.

More about High Energy Physics

For more detailed explanations of high energy physics, visit
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