Particle Physics

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)
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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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2019
Nov 4
2019
Nov 8
Prof. Matthew Rosseinsky (University of Liverpool)
  • Swiss Society for Crystallography
  • Conference
  • Lecture
  • Villigen

Howard Flack Crystallographic Lecture Series 2019

Prof. Matthew Rosseinsky (University of Liverpool, UK) will give a series of lectures on the design of advanced materials in various places around Switzerland during the week of 4 to 8 November 2019.
2019
Nov 5
Matteo Fadel: Prix Schläfli 2019 Physik
  • Swiss Academy of Sciences
  • University of Basel
  • Award Ceremony
  • Conference
  • Basel

Award ceremony for the Prix Schläfli "Physics" 2019

The Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) has awarded the Prix Schläfli 2019 to the four most important insights gained by young researchers at Swiss universities. Matteo Fadel has been awarded by the Prix Schläfli "Physics" for his findings in quantum mechanics.
2019
Nov 5
Microlensing-Methode
  • NGT
  • Astronomische Vereinigung Berner Oberland AVBeO
  • Lecture
  • Thun

Extrasolare Planeten

1995 wurde der erste Planet um einen Nachbarstern der Sonne von einem Schweizer Team entdeckt. Diese Entdeckung - 51 Pegasi b - machte damals weltweit Schlagzeilen und wurde dieses Jahr mit dem Nobelpreis für Physik geehrt. Inzwischen sind über 4000 solcher extrasolaren Planeten bekannt.
Fermilab and University of Bern join forces for neutrino physics
  • 08.10.2019
  • CHIPP
  • News
  • Press release

Fermilab and University of Bern join forces for neutrino physics

Neutrinos are ubiquitous yet elusive particles that could shed light on the early evolution of the universe. As one of the world’s major laboratories for neutrino physics, Fermilab partners with leading organizations around the globe to get a firmer grasp on these subtle particles.
Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz, Nobel laureate in Physics 2019
  • 08.10.2019
  • Observatoire Astronomique
  • University of Geneva
  • News
  • Press release

Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz, Physics Nobel prize laureates 2019

The two researchers from the Astronomical Observatory of the University of Geneva share this extraordinary distinction with James Peebles, Professor Emeritus at Princeton University in the United States. The Nobel Prize was awarded to the Swiss scientists for the discovery in 1995 of the first planet outside our solar system.
Nobelpreis 2019
  • 08.10.2019
  • SDA
  • News

Physik-Nobelpreis geht an Entdecker des ersten Exoplaneten

Der Nobelpreis für Physik geht in diesem Jahr zu einer Hälfte an Michel Mayor und Didier Queloz von der Universität Genf für die Entdeckung des ersten Exoplaneten. Zur anderen Hälfte geht der Preis an James Peebles für Entdeckungen zur physikalischen Kosmologie.

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.