Technology at Nikhef

Technology departments

The technology departments at Nikhef employ about 80 people. They support the scientific projects by designing and building (parts of) detectors, accelerators, readout and control systems, and computer and network infrastructures.

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Research Spotlight

KM3NeT: Neutrinos

Nikhef researchers are researching neutrinos, uncharged subatomic particles that shoot straight through our planet. The researchers do so in a collaborative effort at an international project called KM3NeT.

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Research Spotlight

ALICE: Quark-Gluon Plasma

To solve mysteries surrounding quarks and gluons, the ALICE experiment tries to put quarks and gluons into a new state of aggregation at extremely high temperatures. This is the quark-gluon plasma. The researchers study this plasma before the quarks cool down and regroup into ‘normal’ matter.

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Outreach website

Nikhef's Outreach activities

Want to find out more about our research? On our Outreach website you will find all our outreach activities organised by Nikhef in Amsterdam for the general public, students and teachers. See you at Nikhef!

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Research Spotlight


Researchers at the University of Groningen, part of the Nikhef collaboration, cool and manipulate molecules to study the fundamental interactions and symmetries of the Standard Model of particle physics.

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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. Nikhef is active in ALICE, ATLAS and LHCb at CERN.

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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. Nikhef is active in KM3NeT, Auger, XENON1T/nT and Virgo.

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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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Recent news

11 July 2024

Jorgen D’Hondt appointed director Nikhef

Prof. Dr. Jorgen D’Hondt has been appointed director of the National Institute for Subatomic Physics Nikhef. He succeeds current director Prof. Dr. Stan Bentvelsen, whose second term expires…

10 July 2024

Nuclear recoil of solar neutrinos measured for the first time with XENONnT

XENONnT, a detector built for the search for dark matter, today announced the first measurement of nuclear recoil from solar neutrinos. The sun makes neutrinos in various nuclear…

1 July 2024

Nikhef researcher Wouter Hulsbergen endowed professor at VU Amsterdam

As of July 1, Nikhef researcher Wouter Hulsbergen has been appointed as Endowed Professor for ‘Flavour Physics at the LHC’ at VU Amsterdam. Hulsbergen has distinguished himself as a leading researcher in…

Future events

17 September / 12 December 2024

Profielwerkstukken op 17 september, 18 oktober, 29 november en 12 december

Locatie: Nikhef, Amsterdam Je zit in 6 vwo, je bent heel nieuwsgierig naar subatomaire deeltjes en je moet binnenkort aan de slag met je profielwerkstuk. Dan kun je…
25 September / 29 September 2024

Dutch CERN Teacher Programme

Jaarlijks organiseert Nikhef samen met CERN het ‘Dutch CERN Teacher Programme’. Dit 4-daagse programma biedt natuurkundedocenten de mogelijkheid om een bezoek te brengen aan CERN. Er zijn Nederlandstalige…
5 October 2024

Nikhef Open Dag

Neem een kijkje achter de schermen bij het Nationaal Instituut voor Subatomaire Fysica – Nikhef. Ons hoofdgebouw is weer open na een renovatie van 2 jaar. Binnenkort vind…