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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Nomination au titre de Professeur Ordinaire de Xin WU au DPNC
Le professeur Xin Wu est passé du titre de Professeur Titulaire à celui de Professeur Ordinaire en mars 2021
The groundbreaking ceremony for the Hyper-Kamiokande
The groundbreaking ceremony for the Hyper-Kamiokande, a new world-leading international scientific research project which is set to start experiments in 2027, was held at its construction site in Hida City, Gifu Prefecture, Japan on May 28, 2021.
LHAASO Discovers a Dozen PeVatrons and Photons Exceeding 1 PeV and Launches Ultra-High-Energy Gamma Astronomy Era
The DPNC Astroparticle group, led by Prof Montaruli and composed by the MER Dr. della Volpe and CS Dr Heller, has contribute to the LHAASO experiment by providing the technology Cherenkov Telescope photodetection plane.
New AMS results on heavy secondary fluorine nuclei show that cosmic rays don't all propagate the same way
The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), steadily acquiring cosmic-ray data on the International Space Station (ISS) since May 2011, has measured with percent-level accuracy the spectrum of fluorine nuclei in cosmic rays, providing for the first time the characterization of heavy secondary cosmic-ray spectrum, that is their intensity as function of energy.
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