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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CHIPP Prize 2019
  • 15.02.2019
  • CHIPP
  • News

CHIPP Prize 2019 announcement

The CHIPP Prize is to reward annually the best PhD student in Experimental or Theoretical Particle Physics. In the evaluation, emphasis will be given to the quality of PhD scientific work and to its relevance within the student's research group, as well as to novel ideas brought up by the candidate.
Logo of the IYPT 2019 - International Year of Periodic Table of the Chemical Elements
  • 14.02.2019
  • Platform Chemistry
  • Swiss Chemical Society (SCS)
  • News

IYPT 2019 - International Year of the Periodic Table of the Chemical Elements

The Periodic Table of Chemical Elements is one of the most significant achievements in science, capturing the essence not only of chemistry, but also of physics and biology. 1869 is considered as the year of formulation of the modern concept of the Periodic System by Dmitri Mendeleev (and others). 2019 is the 150th anniversary of this formulation and has therefore been proclaimed the "International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT2019)" by the United Nations General Assembly and UNESCO.
2019
Feb 26
Hochalpine Forschungsstation Jungfraujoch.
  • NGT
  • Lecture
  • Thun

Die Hochalpine Forschungsstation Jungfraujoch

Die Hochalpine Forschungsstation Jungfraujoch stand von Anfang an einer internationalen Nutzergemeinschaft zur Verfügung und begründete damit auch die Rolle der Schweiz als Gastland für Forschungsanlagen mit internationaler Ausstrahlung. Heute weist die Forschungsstation u.a. eine herausragende Bedeutung in Umwelt- und Klimaforschung auf. Wir unternehmen eine historische und aktuelle Betrachtung.
Sphinx-Observatorium der Hochalpinen Forschungsstation Jungfraujoch
  • 05.02.2019
  • Swiss Academy of Sciences
  • Press release

Top of Europe: ausgezeichnete Forschung auf 3450 Metern über Meer

In Zeiten, in denen sich viele Länder Europas abschotteten, eröffnete die Schweiz die international ausgerichtete Forschungsstation Jungfraujoch. Mehrere Nobelpreisträger haben dort geforscht. Die Station erhält 2019 gleich zwei Auszeichnungen als bedeutende historische Stätte der Naturwissenschaften. Die Europäische Physikalische Gesellschaft honoriert die Verdienste in der Physik und die Akademie der Naturwissenschaften Schweiz jene in der Chemie.
APPEC News
  • 01.02.2019
  • CHIPP
  • News

Astroparticle Physics European Consortium (APPEC) elects the new Scientific Advisory Committee Chair and the new General Assembly Chair.

Professor Laura Baudis (U. Zurich) was elected Chair of the SAC by representatives of the member countries of the group which coordinates research in Astroparticle Physics in Europe. Professor Teresa Montaruli (U. Geneva) was elected Chair of the General Assembly.
2019
Mar 7
  • NGiB
  • Lecture
  • Basel

400 Jahre Kepler’sche Weltharmonik im Licht der modernen Astronomie

2019 jährt sich zum 400. Mal das Erscheinen von Johannes Keplers Weltharmonik (Harmonice Mundi). In diesem seinem Hauptwerk veröffentlichte er sowohl sein 3. Planetengesetz als auch seine Arbeiten zu einer Musik, Geometrie und Astronomie umfassenden Harmonik.

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.