Particle Physics explained

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. It aims at explaining what holds the world together in its most fundamental constituents.

Proton-Proton Collision (LHC, CERN)
Proton-Proton Collision (LHC, CERN)
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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Prof. Rainer Wallny (ETHZ)
  • 20.09.2020
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CHIPP President Prof. Rainer Wallny on the updated "European Strategy for Particle Physics

On June 19th CERN Council adopted the update of the "European Strategy for Particle Physics 2020". This document updates an earlier strategy paper that was adopted by the Council in 2013, just after the Higgs discovery in 2012. It identifies the medium and long-term priorities of fundamental research in particle physics and thus forms an important basis for the construction of the European research infrastructure. The implications of this strategy update for Swiss particle physics are answered by Rainer Wallny, Professor of Particle Physics at ETH Zurich and President of the Swiss Institute of Particle Physics (CHIPP), the umbrella organisation of Swiss particle physics.
BL4S logo
  • 17.09.2020
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Geneva school wins “Beamline for Schools” 2020 competition

The delta+ is a type of baryon, the family of sub-atomic particles to which the more well-known proton and neutron belong. A team of physics enthusiasts at the International School of Geneva is working intensively on these extremely unstable elementary particles. In September they will travel to Hamburg for an experiment at the renowned particle physics research institute DESY. They owe this extraordinary research trip to winning this year's “Beamline for Schools” (BL4S) competition at CERN.
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  • 2020
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Podcast Episode #3 - Künstliche Intelligenz

In dieser Folge haben wir uns mit Professor Ruedi Füchslin von der Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften, kurz ZHAW, über Künstliche Intelligenz (Artificial Intelligence) unterhalten.
Dominik Moos (ZG) gewinnt Bronze an Europäischer Physik-Olympiade 2020
  • 29.07.2020
  • Wissenschafts-Olympiade
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Schweizer Schüler gewinnt Bronze an Europäischer Physik-Olympiade 2020

Die Europäische Physik-Olympiade, kurz EuPhO, stellte dieses Jahr 260 Mittelschülerinnen und Mittelschüler aus 53 Ländern vor physikalische Rätsel. Der Wettbewerb fand vom 21. – 26. Juli virtuell statt.
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Probebohrung in Grönland bei -31° Celsius. In nur eineinhalb Stunden konnte auf eine Tiefe von 20 Metern gebohrt werden.
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  • Bern

Zeitreise im ewigen Eis

Ein Vortrag von Prof. Dr. Thomas Stocker, Physikalisches Institut, Universität Bern
  • 08.07.2020
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Zurich particle physicists make headlines with XENON collaboration

Axions are elementary particles with extremely low mass. So far they exist only in the brains of theoretical physicists, nobody has observed them. Really? Measurement results at detector XENON1T in Italy make one sit up and take notice.

Swiss physicists in dialog with the society

Swiss physicists want to make their fascinating research understandable to the interested public and to debate its meaning for our society together with representatives of other fields.