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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

Image : CERN, Switzerland
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

Artistic representation of a proton decay. Illustration: Hyper-Kamiokande Collaboration
Visiting the Japanese Super-Kamiokande detector (part 2)

In deep underground tunnels of former mines near the Japanese Alps, teams of scientists with Swiss participation are researching various types of elementary particles. Over the next few years, powerful

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

In November 2018, a jury included the Geneva-based company Securaxis in the funding program of the "Business Incubation Centre of CERN Technologies" in PARK INNOVAARE in Villigen (AG). Photo (from left to right): Glenn Meleder (CEO Securaxis), Benno Rechsteiner (CEO PARK INNOVAARE), and Aurélie Pezous (Knowledge Transfer Officer at CERN).
The Innovation Park “PARK INNOVAARE” in Villigen (AG) supports start-up companies in the field of accelerator technology.

CERN in Geneva is the leading particle physics laboratory worldwide. Large particle accelerators based on the most innovative technologies are used there for fundamental research. One year ago, the innovation

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

Günther Dissertori is Professor for Particle Physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.
The FCC provides science for almost a century

In spring 2020 the European particle physics community will decide on a new European Strategy highlighting the strategic long-term goals in this important field of fundamental research. In December 2018

Laetitia Laub with a voluminous introduction to quantum field theory. "This is the bible ot the beginners," says Laub with an ironic undertone. Photo: B. Vogel
Further reducing the error

Laetitia Laub was born and raised near Lausanne. She studied mathematics and physics at the Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). Since August 2017, the 24-year-old junior scientist is

The new SPS honorary member Prof. Maurice Bourquin discussing thorium technology on the occasion of the Annual Meeting of the Swiss Physical Society (SPS) and the Swiss Institute of Particle Physics (CHIPP) on August 28th at EPF Lausanne.
The risk of thorium-based nuclear power would be acceptable

At the end of August, climate change and the future energy supply of Switzerland were among the topics of several keynote speeches at the Annual Meeting of the Swiss Physical

Wins the CHIPP Prize 2018: Dr. Claudia Tambasco.
Claudia Tambasco honoured with CHIPP Prize 2018

In order for physicists at CERN to carry out their experiments for the understanding of matter, the large particle accelerator LHC must be operated with the utmost precision. Ensuring this

An ATLAS candidate event for the Higgs boson (H) decaying to two bottom quarks (b), in association with a W boson decaying to a muon (µ) and a neutrino (v). Image: ATLAS/CERN.
Long-sought decay of Higgs boson observed

Geneva, 28 August. Six years after its discovery, the Higgs boson has at last been observed decaying to fundamental particles known as bottom quarks. The finding, presented today at CERN

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

Extract from the computer simulation created by Dr. Joachim Stadel and other scientists from the University of Zurich: every yellow dot is a halo of dark matter in which a galaxy is embedded. The dark 'threads' are places in the universe with a high density of dark matter, while in the light spots ('voids') only few dark matter is present.
Measuring the Invisible Cosmos

In 2021, the European research satellite Euclid will be launched into space. With Euclid, scientists from Switzerland and 15 other countries want to gain a better understanding of dark matter

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

Prof. Alain Blondel with the Gargamelle bubble chamber on the CERN site in Meyrin: With Gargamelle, "neutral currents" were discovered at CERN in 1973, a rare interaction between neutrinos and matter.
Why half the universe is missing

In 2012, the Higgs particle was detected by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN. Since then, one often hears that the Standard Model of particle physics is complete. "Not

Eleven years after founding, DECTRIS has over 100 employees.
Particle Physics Strengthens the Industrialized Country of Switzerland

Particle physics is a basic science that forms our image of matter and the universe. However, the findings of this discipline also have practical applications that directly influence our daily

Dr Alessandro Sfondrini, chercheur à l'ETH Zurich, aimerais rendre le 'principe holographique' compréhensible aux étudiants.
Voyage aux confins de la physique

Aussi compliqué que puisse être la physique des particules, les expériences du CERN permettent de se rendre compte du travail des chercheurs dans ce domaine. Les physiciens théoriciens, par contre,

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,

Physics in Advent: Whether 'Nikolaus' or 'Weihnachtsmann' - without physics nothing works.
24 simple and yet ingenious experiments until Christmas

Once more, clever pupils from all over Switzerland are invited to the pre-Christmas competition 'Physics in Advent'. Starting on December 1st, participants are asked to solve a simple physical task

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. Prof. Philippe Mermod, physicien des particules à l'Université de Genève et au 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 fait partie de la coopération de recherche qui a mesuré le deutéron par spectroscopie laser.
Le deutéron a son énigme, lui aussi

Le deutéron – l’un des noyaux atomiques les plus simples, composé seulement d’un proton et d’un neutron – est nettement plus petit qu’on ne l’avait imaginé jusqu’ici. Ce nouveau résultat,

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), enseignant de physique à l'Université de Genève, effectue des recherches sur l'expérience ATLAS au CERN.
Entrée dans la 'nouvelle physique'

Depuis début juin, le Large Hadron Collider (LHC), le grand accélérateur de particules du CERN, a été remis en service après une pause de deux ans pour révision et fournit

Porträt Lilian Witthauer
Prix CHIPP 2015

Dans la célèbre pièce de théâtre de Johann Wolfgang von Goethes, le savant universel Heinrich Faust demande ce qui assure la cohésion interne du monde. En vue de trouver une

Jane (Felicity Jones) fait la connaissance de son futur époux Stephen (Eddie Redmayne).
Hawking en film: 'Une merveilleuse histoire du temps'

Lorsque la physique arrive dans les salles de cinéma, il s'agit en général de science fiction. Le film anglais 'Une merveilleuse histoire du temps' donne un tout autre aperçu. La

Le Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer.
Les positrons gardent encore leur secret

Grâce à l'expérience AMS pour la mesure du rayonnement cosmique, les astrophysiciens espèrent en découvrir plus sur la mystérieuse matière noire dont notre univers doit être gorgé mais dont la

Podium sur 'Particle Fever' : (De gauche à droite) Le physicien Hans Peter Beck, le scientifique en communication Mike Schäfer et la socio-psychologue Clara Kulich pendant le débat sous la modération de Hanna Wick (2e à gauche).
Débat Particle Fever

Au Swiss Science Center Technorama de Winterthur, le physicien du CERN Hans Peter Beck, le scientifique en communication Mike Schäfer et la socio-psychologue Clara Kulich ont discuté des possibilités et

"La Suisse a tout à fait le potentiel pour participer au projet ' Big Science '. Le journaliste scientifique Eduard Kaeser.
Interview Big Science

Le Microcity de Neuchâtel a été inauguré en mai 2014. Avec ce centre de microtechnique, le canton de Neuchâtel et l'ETH de Lausanne souhaitent renforcer le site de recherche de

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
L'expérience BOSS

Seuls quatre pour cent de notre univers se composent de matière inconnue. En revanche, la physique moderne est convaincue que la majeure partie de l'univers se compose d'énergie noire. Personne

Le public: au moins 50 lycéennes et lycéens du lycée de Locarno.
Débat Locarno

Cela en vaut-il vraiment la peine ? Des investissements de milliards de Franc pour découvrir une nouvelle particule ? Et ensuite ? Les gens vivent-ils vraiment mieux ? A quoi

Gravitationswellen-Signal von Big Bang entdeckt

Einem internationalen Forscherteam ist mit dem Mikrowellenteleskop Bicep2 am Südpol der Nachweis von Gravitationswellen gelungen. Dies gaben die Wissenschaftler am Montag bekannt. Hält diese Nachricht einer unabhängigen Überprüfung stand, handelt

La chercheuse 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

« Les connaissances acquises au CERN sont immuables et seront toujours valide ». Hans Peter Beck, physicien à l'Université de Berne et chercheur au 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

Comparaison de tailles entre trois accélérateurs de particules : le LHC existant et les deux projets FCC et CLIC. Graphique: NZZ
Future Circular Collider

L'accélérateur de particules LHC (Large Hadron Collider) du CERN a permis la découverte du boson de Higgs en 2012 et après 20 ans d'exploitation, on attend d'autres découvertes décisives de

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

Accélérateur de protons

Recherche sur les matériaux, physique des particules, biologie moléculaire, archéologie : depuis 40 ans, le grand accélérateur de protons de l’Institut Paul Scherrer (PSI) rend possible de la recherche de


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