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The Swiss Institute of Particle Physics (CHIPP) is the bottom-up organisation of Swiss particle and astroparticle physics researchers in Switzerland as a legal entity of Swiss law. CHIPP is tasked with coordinating the national efforts in the realm of particle and astroparticle physics.

This is achieved by keeping a continuous dialogue between the particle physicists of different cantonal universities and federal institutes. CHIPP is recognized as the representative of Swiss particle physics both nationally and internationally. It awards yearly a Prize to a PhD student, supports workshops and conferences, organises PhD schools, and develops outreach projects.

Events, News, Publications

Born in Catania, Sicily, Gabriel Cuomo went to Trieste for his master's degree, to Lausanne as a doctoral student, and finally to New York as a postdoc. The picture shows Cuomo during a visit to Switzerland.
Gabriel Cuomo receives the CHIPP Prize 2021

Last year, Gabriel Cuomo successfully defended his PhD thesis in theoretical particle physics at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). For this academic achievement, the Sicilian-born physicist, who now lives

Prof. Martin Hoferichter has held a professorship at the University of Bern since 2020, funded by the Eccellenza programme of the Swiss National Science Foundation.
Various results shake up the Standard Model

At the beginning of April, the US research laboratory Fermilab published a new result for the magnetic dipole moment of the muon. The result caused a broad media response because

Comparison between RK measurements. The measurements by the BaBar and Belle collaborations combine B+→K+ℓ+ℓ− and B0→KS0ℓ+ℓ− decays, where ℓ is a lepton. The previous LHCb measurements and the new result [4], which supersedes them, are also shown.
Exciting news from CERN experiment with Swiss participation

Almost ten years ago, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN) made headlines with the discovery of the Higgs particle. These days, the LHCb experiment at CERN has published results

Martin Pohl: Particles, Fields, Space-Time. From Thomson’s Electron to Higgs’ Boson. CRC Press 2021.
Martin Pohl packs a century of particle physics between two book covers.

Until his retirement in 2017, Martin Pohl was a physics professor at the University of Geneva and worked on particle physics research projects for almost half a century. Drawing on

This device was used at the Paul Scherrer Institute to produce pionic helium atoms for research purposes
Particle physicists create artificial atoms for research purposes

In the laboratories of modern physics the elementary components of matter are studied. To do this, scientists sometimes build artificial atoms to help them understand the laws of matter. A

Claudia Merlassino, CHIPP Prize 2020
Claudia Merlassino wins the CHIPP Prize 2020

Claudia Merlassino was born in Genoa, studied physics in Milan and completed her doctorate at the University of Bern in October 2019, since then she has been doing research at

Beamline for schools
Geneva school wins “Beamline for Schools” 2020 competition

The delta+ is a type of baryon, the family of sub-atomic particles to which the more well-known proton and neutron belong. A team of physics enthusiasts at the International School

PET image of brains without (top) and with (bottom) amyloid deposits. The deposits can be recognized by the red colouring, even with reduced spatial resolution (centre and right).
The start-up Positrigo uses findings from particle physics for the early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease

Positron emission tomography (PET) helps medical doctors to detect cancer and many other diseases. A team of researchers led by ETH Professor Günther Dissertori is working on a new generation

CHART logo
Swiss research initiative CHART works on particle accelerators of the future

FCC - these three letters stand for the vision of a new ring accelerator that could be built at the European particle physics laboratory CERN in Geneva. With this long-term

Physicist Dr. Marina Battaglia is a senior researcher at the FHNW Institute for Data Science and works on the STIX project.
University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland researches astroparticles of the Sun

Scientists at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) have spent around ten years building the Spectrometer / Telescope for Imaging X-rays (STIX). Since 10 February, the

A 1.7 km long tunnel leads to the neutrino detector Super-Kamiokande. Photo: B. Vogel
Visiting the Japanese Super-Kamiokande detector (part 1)

Hardly any elementary particle occurs more frequently in the universe than the elusive neutrino. The investigation of the almost massless tiny particle is a focus of current elementary particle physics.

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.
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

Anna Soter and her experiment at PSI. Photo: private
Anna Soter Wants to use Exotic Atoms for a Subtle Experiment

Gravity accompanies us in our everyday lives—from early morning, when we get out of bed, to late evening, when we drop tiredly onto the mattress. Although no other force of

Lea Caminada in front of the PSI building, where she works as a particle physicist.
In the triangle Uni Zurich-PSI-CERN

Anyone who studies physics at the University of Zurich knows Lea Caminada for her lectures. Most of the time, however, you will not find the particle physicist on the Irchel

Claudia Merlassino studied physics in Milan at the same institute as today's CERN director Fabiola
Mobile phone sensors, fit for cutting-edge research

The large particle accelerator LHC at CERN in Geneva enables scientists to get precious clues to understand the nature of matter in the next two decades of data taking. The

Stefano Marzari, a Mechanical engineer trained at the EIF (Engineering School of Fribourg), helped to set up the CERN-MEDICIS facility. In the picture, Marzari shows the first 155Tb isotope plate produced by CERN-MEDICIS on December 11, 2017. 155Tb has a half-life period of around five days; the radioactive emissions of the sample produced in December is almost completely finished.
Drugs from the particle physics research lab

CERN in Geneva is the world's largest facility for the study of fundamental particles. The equipment that usually serves science can sometimes be used for practical purposes too. That's for

ETH graduate student Michal Rawlik with the small ‘prototype cage’, which serves to neutralize the magnetic fields in its interior.
A Touch of Magnetism

This fall at the Paul Scherrer Institute, the construction of a new particle physics experiment will begin to determine the electric dipole of the neutron. It will replace a previous

In December 2016, over 100 future SESAME users met in Jordan to discuss SESAME's future research program.
Research as a peace project

The laws of particle physics apply regardless of place and time, but the laws can’t be explored or their applications studied equally well in any location. Particularly in poorer countries,

Prof. Günther Dissertori (47), particle physicist at the ETH Zurich and new deputy spokesman for the CMS experiment at CERN.
"Like the CEO of a multinational company"

The abbreviation CMS stands for one of the currently largest physics experiments worldwide. Günther Dissertori, a particle physicist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, was recently appointed

Prof. Philippe Mermod, particle physicist at the University of Geneva and at CERN
Track and trap – the long search for magnetic monopoles

Is there an elementary particle carrying magnetic charge? This fundamental question is being addressed by an experiment currently performed at CERN near Geneva. Recently the MoEDAL research collaboration published its

Aldo Antognini is part of the research collaboration measuring the deuteron via laser spectroscopy.
The deuteron too poses a mystery

The deuteron — one of the simplest atomic nuclei, consisting of just one proton and one neutron — is considerably smaller than previously thought. This finding was arrived at by

Prof. André Rubbia, ETH Zurich
In the front row of neutrino research

Over 30 Nobel Laureates will debate this year in Lindau, Germany with about 400 young scientists from nearly 80 countries. The 66th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting from June 26th to

'Particle Fever' war der Schlusspunkt des Aarauer Open Air Kinos 2015 – und zugleich Auftakt für die 'Forschung live'-Wissenschaftstournee der Akademie der Naturwissenschaften Schweiz in Aarau.
Open Air Kino Aarau

Vom 26. bis zum 29. August feiert die Akademie der Naturwissenschaften Schweiz (SCNAT) in Aarau mit der Wissenschaftstournee 'Forschung live' ihren 200. Geburtstag. Aus diesem Anlass wurde am Aarauer Open

Regelmässig fährt die Teilchenphysikerin Lea Caminada von Zürich nach Genf, wo sie am grossen Teilchenbeschleuniger des CERN forscht.
Das 'Higgs' nochmals neu entdecken

Am 23. August 2015 läuft im Rahmen der Wissenschaftstournee «Forschung live» am Aarauer Open Air Kino der Film 'Particle Fever' über die Entdeckung des Higgs-Teilchens. Live dabei: die Zürcher Teilchenphysikerin

Der 'Stargast' des Abends: Der in Weggis geborene und heute an der Uni Bern lehrende Teilchenphysiker PD Dr. Hans Peter Beck gab vor dem Film Auskunft über seine Forschertätigkeit am CERN, befragt vom Wissenschaftsjournalisten Dr. Benedikt Vogel.
Open Air Kino Luzern

Am 9. August 2015 wurde am Open Air Kino Luzern der Dokumentarfilm 'Particle Fever' (Regie: Mark Levinson) über die Entdeckung des Higgs-Teilchens am CERN gezeigt. Es war die erste Aufführung

Tobias Golling (39) teaches at the University of Geneva and is a researcher at the ATLAS experiment at CERN.
The dawn of „new physics“

The Large Hadron Collider LHC, CERN´s largest particle accelerator, restarted operating in early June after an almost two year shutdown. It is delivering new data that will enable physicists around

Porträt Lilian Witthauer
CHIPP Price 2015

In Goethe´s renowned play “Faust” polymath Heinrich Faust poses the question “whatever holds the world together in its inmost folds”. In his search for an answer he even commits himself

Jane (Felicity Jones) meets her future husband Stephen (Eddie Redmayne).
Hawking-movie: “The theory of everything”

If physics ever makes it to the movie theatres it is usually in the form of a science fiction. Not so in the British movie “The theory of everything”. The

Das Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer hoch über der Erde.
Noch behalten die Positronen ihr Geheimnis für sich

Vom AMS-Experiment zur Vermessung der Kosmischen Strahlung erhoffen sich Astroteilchenphysker Hinweise auf die rätselhafte Dunkle Materie, die unser Weltall ausfüllen muss, deren Natur aber bislang ungeklärt ist. Zwar liefern die

The panel discussion about 'Particle Fever': Facilitator Hanna Wick (2nd left) with the physicist Hans Peter Beck, media scientist Mike Schäfer und social psychologist Clara Kulich.
Debate Particle Fever

What are the chances and the limits when communicating about particle physics with a broader public? CERN physicist Hans Peter Beck, media scientist Mike Schäfer and social psychologist Clara Kulich

"xxxx": Der Wissenschaftspublizist Eduard Kaeser.
Kaeser zu Big science

Im Mai 2014 wurde in Neuenburg die Microcity eröffnet. Mit diesem Zentrum für Mikrotechnik wollen der Kanton Neuenburg und die ETH Lausanne den Forschungsplatz Neuenburg stärken. Doch wie behauptet sich

teaser 'auf der Suche nach dem 'sterilen' Neutrino
Auf der Suche nach dem 'sterilen' Neutrino

In wenigen Monaten startet am Fermilab bei Chicago (USA) ein aufsehenerregendes Experiment, mit dem Physiker abklären wollen, ob neben den drei bekannten Typen von Neutrinos ein vierter Typ besteht. Bemerkenswert

Abha Eli Phoboo.
Kathmandu is calling

University education and academic excellence in research and teaching are taken for granted in affluent Western nations. We are used to having a broad spectrum of institutes in any possible

Thimothée Delubac

Nur vier Prozent unseres Universums bestehen aus der uns bekannten Materie. Der grösste Teil des Weltalls hingegen – davon ist die moderne Physik überzeugt – besteht aus Dunkler Energie. Was

The audience: 50 high school students from Locarno.
Discussion in Locarno

Is it really worth it? Is it worth to invest Billions of Swiss Francs in the discovery of a new particle? And does the result really improve people´s lives? What

Scientist Martina Bucciantonio.

In der Schweiz studieren vergleichsweise wenig junge Frauen Physik. Anders in Italien, wo das Physikstudium für Frauen eine Selbstverständlichkeit darstellt. Kein Zufall daher, dass es mit Fabiola Gianotti eine italienische

„The knowledge at CERN is set in stone and will last forever.“ Hans Peter Beck, physicist at the University of Bern and Researcher at CERN.
Was die Teilchenphysik heute weiss

Dr. Hans Peter Beck, Privatdozent für Physik an der Universität Bern und Teilchenphysiker am Europäischen Labor für Teilchenphysik (CERN) in Genf gewährt in einem Interview mit der Webplattform Einblick

Comparison of the size od three particle accelerators: The existing LHC and the projects FCC und CLIC.
Future Circular Collider

The Higgs boson was discovered in the particle accelerator LHC (Large Hadron Collider) at CERN in 2012 – and scientists are expecting to gain more groundbreaking insights from this large

Aus der Forschung von Teilchenphysiker Roland Horisberger (links) sind mehrere Unternehmen hervorgegangen.
Debatte Brugg

Teilchenphysikerinnen und Teilchenphysiker leisten mit ihrer Forschung einen Beitrag zum Verständnis der Welt. Sie tragen aber oft auch bei zur Weiterentwicklung der Wirtschaft durch innovative Produkte. Diesen Aspekt hat am

Proton accelerator

Materials research, particle physics, molecular biology, archaeology – for the last forty years, the Paul Scherrer Institute’s large-scale proton accelerator has made top-flight research possible in a number of different


Einem Forscherteam am Europäischen Labor für Teilchenphysik (CERN) in Genf ist es erstmals gelungen, einen Strahl aus Antiwasserstoff-Atomen herzustellen. Dies ist ein wichtiger Zwischenschritt hin zu einem besseren Verständnis von

Andreas Knecht

Wie findet ein Physiker – oder eine Physikerin – einen Sachverhalt, der das Wissen über unsere Welt auf ein neues Fundament stellt? Durch Knochenarbeit, lautet eine simple Antwort. Dies weiss

Foto Beam Line

Das CERN ist bekannt für den Large Hadron Collider (LHC), aber das Europäische Labor für Teilchenphysik in Genf ist mehr als der LHC. So nehmen Teilchenstrahle, bei denen Strahlen auf

Sabine Weider und Jonas Knüsel
Debatte Neufeld

Der Physiker Jonas Knüsel (SWAN Isotpen AG) und Nuklearmedizinerin Sabine Weidner (Inselspital Bern) haben bei einer Podiumsdiskussion am Gymnasium Neufeld in Bern über Nutzen und Perspektiven der Medizinphysik insbesondere im

Rund 400 Schülerinnen und Schüler des Gymnasiums Rämibühl verfolgten die von Wissenschaftsjournalist Benedikt Vogel moderierte Debatte.
Debatte Rämibühl

Die Physikerin Laura Baudis (Universität Zürich), der Theologe Luzius Müller (Basel) und der deutsche Lyriker Jochen Winter haben bei einer Podiumsdiskussion am Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftlichen Gymnasium (MNG) Rämibühl vor 400 Schülerinnen und

François Englert (left) and Peter Higgs at CERN on 4 July 2012, on the occasion of the announcement of the discovery of a Higgs boson by the ATLAS and CMS experiments
Nobelpreis 2013

Die Königlich-Schwedische Akademie der Wissenschaften hat den diesjährigen Nobelpreis für Physik an Peter Higgs und François Englert vergeben. Wir befragten dazu Heinrich Leutwyler, bis zu seiner Pensionierung Professor für theoretische

Visualisierung der kosmischen Saiten (engl. cosmic strings).
„Zur Zeit herrscht ein goldenes Zeitalter“

Das Jahr 2013 machte mit aufsehenden Entdeckungen von sich reden: mit der Entdeckung des Higgs-Teilchens im Juli 2013, und zuvor schon im März 2013 mit der präzisen Messung der Fluktuationen

Prof. Klaus Kirch, Vorsitzender CHIPP
Europäische Strategie

Klaus Kirch, Vorsitzender des Swiss Institute of Particle Physics CHIPP, Leiter der Teilchenphysik am Paul Scherrer Institut PSI und Physikprofessor an der ETHZ, beleuchtet in einem Autorenbeitrag die Europäische Strategie

*Alex Capus: Der Fälscher, die Spionin und der Bombenbauer. München 2013. Carl Hanser Verlag.
Bombenbauer aus gutem Grund

Am Manhattan-Projekt – dem Bau der US-amerikanischen Atombombe während des Zweiten Weltkriegs – war auch der Schweizer Atomphysiker Felix Bloch beteiligt. Der Schriftsteller Alex Capus zeichnet in seinem neusten Roman


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