VISPA Research Centre

Marla Cervantes photo for UVic Edge campaign

UVic: The EDGE is here

Graduate student Marla Cervantes designs components for the UVic-led Advanced Rare Isotope Laboratory (ARIEL) at Canada's TRIUMF lab. ARIEL will dramatically increase rare isotope production for scientific research while creating health and economic benefits for Canadians.

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Lefabvre at the LHC

Accelerating subatomic physics research

VISPA is involved in major subatomic physics projects around the world. For example, ATLAS is one of the two major detectors built to study proton collisions at the LHC, the world's highest energy accelerator.

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Graduate student

Opportunities for graduate students

There are opportunities for qualified students to enter our graduate programs in accelerator physics, experimental subatomic physics/astroparticle physics, and theoretical physics.

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Dean Karlen inside the ARIEL facility

Advanced Rare IsotopE Laboratory (ARIEL)

At the heart of ARIEL is an electron linear accelerator and an underground beam tunnel that will advance Canada's capabilities in particle and nuclear physics, materials science and environmental remediation. Photo credit: Jeff Vinnick.

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Instructors in a VISPA masterclass

Community outreach events

VISPA is active on-campus and off-campus to bring information about subatomic science to the larger community. Photo credit: Sam Dejong and André Gaudin.

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The Victoria Subatomic Physics and Accelerator (VISPA) Research Centre

VISPA brings together people with the skills and expertise to investigate the fundamental constituents of the universe. Our 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 worldwide 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.

Learn more about our research with this short video.

Contact us if you want to find out more about what we do.