While quarks and gluons are fairly well understood, how they fit together to create different types of matter is still a mystery. The DOE Nuclear Physics program's mission is to solve this mystery through theoretical and experimental research; the benefits to society range from fighting cancer to ensuring food safety to border protection. Find DOE research information on this topic from the OSTI databases and read about the Department's Nuclear Physics program.
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Last updated on Monday 29 July 2013