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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Can’t Stop These Japanese Neutrinos !
Hyper-Kamiokande Experiment to Begin Construction in April 2020
Phase 2 of the tracking machine learning challenge has started
The second phase of the TrackML tracking machine learning challenge has just started and you are invited to participate and contribute.
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.
Higgs Couplings without the Higgs
The measurement of Higgs couplings constitute an important part of present Standard Model precision tests at colliders. In this article, we show that modifications of Higgs couplings induce energy-growing effects in specific amplitudes involving…
Ecole de Physique / Quai Ernest-Ansermet 24 1211 Genève 4 Grand Auditoire A
SéminaireHiggs Couplings without the HiggsMore information
30.01.2019 11:15 – 12:15 / Ecole de Physique / Quai Ernest-Ansermet 24 1211 Genève 4 Grand Auditoire A