Research Topics


Accelerator Physics

TRIUMF accelerators are the heart of the Canadian accelerator-based experimental subatomic physics program.

Detector Development

Over the last several decades, TRIUMF’s detector group has established an international reputation for developing, designing and constructing state-of-the-art detectors, as well as developing new detector technologies.


Molecular & Materials Science

A wide range of topics are studied at TRIUMF, ranging from industrial basic research for automobile technology to definitive measurements and tests of high-temperature superconductors using muons, also utilized in wide-ranging studies in the chemical sciences.

Nuclear Medicine

TRIUMF's cyclotrons produce critical isotopes used for medical imaging.   The techniques for producing these isotopes are also used by subatomic physicists to peer “inside” the atom. Photo credit NSERC.


Particle Physics

The driving motivation behind particle physics experiments is the desire to uncover the true nature of fundamental forces and particles. Photo credit ATLAS CERN.

Rare-Isotope Beams

Rare-isotope beam studies at TRIUMF focus on three areas: nuclear structure, nuclear astrophysics, and fundamental symmetries.


Theory Group

The Theory Group provides guidance and support to the TRIUMF experimental program and acts as a theoretical center for the broader Canadian subatomic theory community.