The particle physics department (DPNC) studies the fundamental structures and laws of nature from the largest dimensions in the Universe to the smallest of the microcosm by using three complementary approaches:
- high-energy particle collisions with CERN’s LHC and the ATLAS detector, and ideas for future accelerators such as the FCC hh-ee-he
- experiments with neutrinos (T2K, Hyper-Kamiokande)
- astroparticle physics experiments on the ground (IceCube, CTA) and in space (AMS, POLAR, DAMPE)
More recently medical physics and its connection to particle physics has been added to this list
The research conducted at DPNC finds its motivation in the grand mysteries of the Universe which can be formulated in form of open questions:
- What is the nature of Dark Matter and Dark Energy?
- Can gravity be incorporated in the particle picture?
- Why are the neutrino masses so small and what can neutrinos teach us about the matter / anti-matter asymmetry?
- What can we learn about our Universe from cosmic rays?
- Is the hierarchy problem, i.e. the Higgs mass being so much smaller than the Planck mass, a broad hint or a deception?
- Is there physics Beyond the Standard Model of Particle Physics?
- How can novel solutions in particle physics benefit medical physics?
The proximity to and close connection with CERN and its Large Hadron Collider plays a key role in the department’s research program.
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Nuit De La Science 2018
Le DPNC participe à la Nuit de la Science. Expérimentons-nous avec la physique des particules !
ATLAS produces the first measurement of Higgs production in association with top quarks
The ATLAS and CMS experiments at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN have independently observed the production of Higgs bosons in association with two top quarks. The results presented this week at the LHCP conference in Bologna allow for the first time a direct determination of the couplings between top quarks and the Higgs boson. Dr. Stefan Gadatsch from the ATLAS group of Prof. Tobias Golling here at DPNC was one the leaders of the analysis and an editor of the paper.
A hackathon to bring CERN expertise to the market
Join the CERN2Market team for a creative 1-day brainstorming session on Saturday, June 2nd, to discuss how to converti CERN expertise into market products.
A machine learning challenge for particle tracking
Scientists from the ATLAS, CMS and LHCb collaborations, including Tobias Golling, Moritz Kiehn, and Sabrina Amrouche from the Département de Physique Nucléaire et Corpusculaire, have launched the TrackML challenge – your chance to develop new machine-learning solutions for the next generation of particle detectors and win hardware and cash prizes.
Baby MIND detector completed
On Feb 16 2018, we completed the heavy installation work for the Baby MIND detector, which is now in its place as it was always meant to be, downstream of WAGASCI. Many thanks to all involved in making this happen. Best regards, Etam on behalf of the installation team pictured in the photo (credit Marat).
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