Particle physics probes the basic building blocks of matter and their interactions, which determine the structure and properties of the extreme diversity of matter in the universe. The web portal makes the fascinating research understandable to an interested public.more

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Proton-Proton Collision (LHC, CERN)

Modern physics relies on an elegant «Standard Model of particle physics», a quantum field theory based on three symmetries and a symmetry breaking. This theory describes and explains magnificently all experimental results obtained so far. With the discovery of the Higgs particle in 2012 at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the last missing piece of the Standard Model has been experimentally confirmed. Experiments at CERN and at other international laboratories now continue to test the validity and limits of the Standard Model in ever widening scope. However, for a comprehensive understanding of the laws of nature a theory beyond the Standard Model is needed, which should include gravitation and explain the presence of dark matter and dark energy in the universe.

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Long distance quantum communications in optical fibres use time-bin qubits. These are produced and analysed by imbalanced interferometers as illustrated here.
Swiss Quantum Initiative strengthens research and development in quantum technology and science

Quantum technology and science are key components in future data and information processing, and in application areas with significant economic potential such as communications and materials. The federal government will

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Physics in Switzerland - driving economy, triggering innovation, empowering citizens
Physics in Switzerland – driving economy, triggering innovation, empowering citizens

The impact of physics on society and economy is paramount. In the last centuries, physics has shaped the way how we understand the world we live in and has underpinned

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