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)
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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Sebastian Völkel, Brian Schmidt, Vivien Bonvin, Maria Cruces and Hester Schutte, 69th Lindau meeting
  • 09.07.2019
  • News

69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

The 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting dedicated to physics just ended. We had a great week of vivid discussions between 39 Nobel Laureates and 580 young scientists from 89 countries most of them Physicists but not only.
Aug 26
Aug 30
SPS Joint annual meeting 2019
  • SPS
  • Award Ceremony
  • Conference
  • Lecture
  • Seminar
  • Zürich

Swiss Physical Society (SPS) Joint Annual Meeting 2019

The next Annual Meeting will take place at the University of Zürich, in the week of 26 - 30 August 2019. The well established tradition of organising the conference every second year jointly with the Austrian Physical Society (ÖPG) will continue. Further partners, e.g. the MaNEP association, will also contribute.
Swiss team at the 2019 European Physics Olympiad: Robin von Reding, Noah Roux, Ramón Buchenberger, Yanjun Zhou, Etienne Rösli
  • 06.06.2019
  • Wissenschafts-Olympiade
  • Press release

Drei Auszeichnungen für Schweizer Schüler an European Physics Olympiad

In die Schuhe eines Physikers schlüpften fünf Schweizer Gymnasiasten. Nach einer Experimental- und Theorieprüfung wurden drei von ihnen mit einer Honorable Mention ausgezeichnet.
Aug 30
Logo of the IYPT 2019 - International Year of Periodic Table of the Chemical Elements
  • MAP
  • SPS
  • Symposium
  • Zürich

On the Origin of the Elements

The Swiss Physical Society (SPS) and SCNAT celebrate the International Year of the Periodic Table of the Elements (IYPT 2019) with a special symposium on Friday, 30 August 2019 in Zurich.
Feb 16
Sep 2
  • SVSN
  • SAV
  • Other
  • Vaud

Bourse du 200e

La SVSN et la Société Académique Vaudoise (SAV) ont à cœur de soutenir la relève et proposent à l’occasion du bicentenaire de la SVSN une bourse s’élevant à 30’000 CHF. Elle est destinée à soutenir le projet scientifique d’un jeune chercheur dans le domaine des sciences naturelles.
Sep 11
MyTalents – Berufswahlparcours
  • Schullabor EXPERIO Roche
  • Workshop
  • Kaiseraugst

myTalents - Berufswahlparcours (buchbar für einzelne Schülerinnen und Schüler)

Nicht über Berufe reden, sondern sie erlebbar machen.

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.