News 12-03-2019

Idea for www proposed 30 years ago

The World Wide Web is so commonplace, that we almost forget that it was thought of and built at some point. Thirty years ago, in March 1989, Tim Berners-Lee at CERN wrote the proposal for a worldwide computer network. In 1992 Nikhef built the third website in the world.

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Physics Data Processing

Advanced computing for physics and other sciences. Nikhef researchers are mainly developing increasingly better grid software, and transferring their grid knowledge, so that  scientists who are struggling with an ‘impossible’ data problem can profit from the grid.

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Particle Physics

In particle physics, very large detectors are used to study elementary particles. Particles such as protons are accelerated in a particle accelerator, and made to collide with each other. The detectors record these collisions, which release a lot of energy to create new particles. Nikhef is active in Auger, KM3NeT, Advanced Virgo and XENON1T.

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Detector R&D

Answering big elementary particle physics questions requires pioneering experiments. The Detector R&D program at Nikhef is aimed at conceptualizing and testing of instrumentation concepts before they are implemented in scientific programs at Nikhef.

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News 18-02-2019

Neutrino detector KM3NeT unfurls new detection unit at 2400m depth in the sea

A team of French technicians unfurled the first of four new detection units for neutrino detector KM3NeT on a sea ship in the Mediterranean sea nearby Toulon.

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Astroparticle physics

Astroparticle physics combines physics and astronomy. In the cosmos, very strong magnetic fields create what can be considered a ‘natural’ particle accelerator. To perform astrophysics research, scientists ‘just’ need to build the right detectors.

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Theory

Nikhef’s Theoretical Physics group performs theoretical research on a wide range of fundamental topics in high-energy physics, ranging from particle and astroparticle physics to cosmology, gravitational waves and string theory.

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National Institute for Subatomic Physics

Welcome to Nikhef. We are the Dutch National Institute for Subatomic Physics. Our institute performs research into the elementary building blocks of our Universe, their mutual forces and the structure of space and time.
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12 March 2019

Idee voor World Wide Web dertig jaar geleden ingediend

Het World Wide Web is zo alledaags, dat we haast zouden vergeten dat het ooit bedacht en opgezet werd. Dertig jaar geleden, in maart 1989, schreef Tim Berners-Lee…

7 March 2019

Fysici blijven hoopvol over nieuwe superversneller in Japan

Als Japan besluit om een nieuwe lineaire deeltjesversneller te bouwen voor detailonderzoek aan het higgsdeeltje, zullen Europa en de VS dat project steunen. Maar het uitblijven van dat…

5 March 2019

UvA, VU and Nikhef bring Bonn Physics Show to the Netherlands

UvA, VU and Nikhef bring Bonn Physics Show to the Netherlands The Bonn Physics Show comes to the Netherlands! The show with spectacular physics experiments visits Amsterdam for…

Future events

5 April 2019

FYSICA 2019

FYSICA is the annual physics conference of the Netherlands’ Physical Society (NNV). Each year the NNV organises FYSICA in cooperation with a Dutch university, in 2019 with the…
6 April 2019

Physics Show: What’s (the) Matter?

UvA, VU and Nikhef bring Bonn Physics Show to the Netherlands The Bonn Physics Show comes to the Netherlands! The show with spectacular physics experiments visits Amsterdam for…

Weekblog Gran Sasso: Glansheid

Nikhef werkt mee aan de bouw van de nieuwe XENONnT-detector voor donkere materie op Gran Sasso in Italië. Technisch coördinator Auke-Pieter Colijn is vrijwel wekelijks ondergronds in Italië en houdt...

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