• Question: How do you guys do your research on things? do you do it individually or as a team?

    Asked by anon-351149 on 22 Feb 2023.
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      Joel Goldstein answered on 22 Feb 2023:


      Particle physics experiments are so expensive and complicated that it takes many people to build and operate them, and then analyse the data. A small team might be 10-20 people, while the LHC experiments have several thousand people working on them.

      However, every now and again, you might have a really clever idea and study it by yourself for a bit before publishing it (for example in a relatively quick simulation).

      Note that theoretical particle physicists are more likely to work individually or in small teams, doing calculations and simulations.