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Nikhef joins institutional measures against Russia and Belarus

Nikhef is deeply shocked by the Russian military attack on Ukraine and joins the sanctions and measures against Russia and Belarus.

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Research

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 ALICE, ATLAS and LHCb at CERN and eEDM in Groningen.

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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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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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Netherlands' first website, www.nikhef.nl, celebrates 30th anniversary

In February 1992, a website went live for the first time in the Netherlands. That website was www.nikhef.nl. Worldwide, only two institutes were ahead of Nikhef, namely CERN in Switzerland and SLAC in the United States. This made www.nikhef.nl not only the first website in the Netherlands, but also the third in the world.

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Technische afdelingen Nikhef

Mechanical technology

The Mechanical Technology (MT) department is made up of approximately 30 MBO-, HBO- and University schooled technical engineers. The main task of the department is to develop, design and realise mechanical solutions for the mostly international projects that Nikhef participates in.

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Programme spotlight

XENONnT: Dark matter

Of all matter in our Universe, only about 5% consists of ‘ordinary matter’ as we commonly know it, built up from atoms. This is what all stars, planets and other visible materials are made up from. However, no less than 95% consists of dark energy (68%) and dark matter (27%).

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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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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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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

18 May 2022

NWO commits national computing space for two Nikhef projects

Funding agency NWO has awarded computing time and storage capacity at the National Computer Facility to two Nikhef projects. These are the neutrino experiment ProtoDUNE and FuSE, a…

18 May 2022

Eric Laenen appointed director of Institute of Physics at UvA

Nikhef researcher Prof. Eric Laenen is the new director of the UvA Institute of Physics (IoP), appointed for a period of three years. As director of the IoP,…

3 May 2022

David Groep appointed professor of e-infrastructure in Maastricht

Programme leader David L. Groep of the Physics Data Processing group at Nikhef has been appointed as an extraordinary professor at Maastricht University. He will focus on research…

Future events

8 June 2022

PhD defense Lodewijk Nauta @ UvA

Lodewijk Nauta, Phd at Nikhef, will defend his thesis Wednesday 8 June 2022 at 11.00 at the University of Amsterdam. “Quantum Effects on a Planetary Scale: The First…
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