VISPA – Victoria Subatomic Physics and Accelerator Research Centre
The Victoria Subatomic Physics and Accelerator (VISPA) Research Centre brings together people with the skills and expertise to investigate the fundamental constituents of the Universe. VISPA members work together on leading international particle physics experiments, share computing and laboratory resources, jointly support and manage technical staff, provide a natural home for adjunct faculty from other institutions, and support high-quality graduate and post-doctoral training.
Research in subatomic physics is done on a global scale in large, international collaborative efforts. The most pressing scientific questions require interactions between experimental and theoretical approaches, and future advances rely heavily on improvements in technical instrumentation.
Accelerators continue to play a central role in subatomic physics research and they are increasingly used world-wide in other areas of science, industry and medicine. UVic is the lead institution on the e-linac electron accelerator being built at TRIUMF as part of the ARIEL project, thanks to over $60M in funding from CFI and the Governments of BC and Canada.