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
Feb 25
2019
May 27
  • University of Bern
  • Seminar
  • Bern

Seminar series: Climate and Environmental Physics (CEP)

Mondays at 16:15 in room B5, Sidlerstrasse 5, 3012 Bern
At the Physics Institute at the University of Bern, Armin Fehr and his colleagues have built the future 'Inner Tracker' of the ATLAS detector on a 1 to 1 scale. In the tube on the left, the proton-proton collisions take place. The dark red box shows one of the regions where the Optoboards will be located.
  • 03.05.2019
  • CHIPP
  • News
  • Press release

Every second fifty terabits of data

From 2026, the performance of the large-scale experiments at the European particle physics laboratory, CERN, in Geneva will be significantly increased. The preliminary work for the upgrade of the large particle accelerator LHC and the associated detectors is currently in full swing. An important contribution is made by the University of Bern, where doctoral student Armin Fehr (26) and his colleagues are working on a component for the ATLAS detector. This component will enable the read-out of the greatly increased data rates from 2026 onwards.
International Day of Light – 16 May
  • 01.05.2019
  • News

International Day of Light 2019

The UNESCO celebrates every year on 16 May the International Day of Light. The International Day of Light is a global initiative that provides an annual focal point for the continued appreciation of light and the role it plays in science, culture and art, education, and sustainable development, and in fields as diverse as medicine, communications, and energy.
Event Horizon Telescope
  • 15.04.2019
  • ANG
  • News

M87- Allererstes Foto eines schwarzen Loches

Das Projekt Event Horizon Telescope (EHT, dt. Ereignishorizont Teleskop) hat zum Ziel, die ersten Fotos der Umgebung der schwarzen Löcher M87* im Virgo-Cluster und Sgr A* (Sgr = Sagittarius = Schütze) im Zentrum der Milchstrasse zu machen.
In November 2018, a jury included the Geneva-based company Securaxis in the funding program of the "Business Incubation Centre of CERN Technologies" in PARK INNOVAARE in Villigen (AG). Photo (from left to right): Glenn Meleder (CEO Securaxis), Benno Rechsteiner (CEO PARK INNOVAARE), and Aurélie Pezous (Knowledge Transfer Officer at CERN).
  • 12.04.2019
  • CHIPP
  • News
  • Press release

The Innovation Park “PARK INNOVAARE” in Villigen (AG) supports start-up companies in the field of accelerator technology.

CERN in Geneva is the leading particle physics laboratory worldwide. Large particle accelerators based on the most innovative technologies are used there for fundamental research. One year ago, the innovation park “PARK INNOVAARE” in Villigen (AG) launched, together with CERN, the BIC of CERN program: it supports start-ups and high-tech micro-companies using CERN technologies for commercial applications. These days the second call for proposals has started.
2019
Jul 1
2019
Jul 3
Hotel Victoria - CHIPP Plenary 2019
  • CHIPP
  • Conference
  • Education/Training
  • Seminar
  • Workshop
  • Kandersteg

CHIPP Plenary 2019

CHIPP annual plenary meeting for 2019 will be held in Kandersteg.

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.