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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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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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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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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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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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

17 May 2024

Sensors and quarks: two Nikhef projects receive NWO funding

An innovative technology for detecting particles, and the mixing rules of quarks: two research proposals from Nikhef receive an ENW-M award. This was announced this week. In the…

13 May 2024

Kluyver thesis award for neutrino researcher Rasa Muller

Neutrino researcher Rasa Muller will receive the Kluyver Prize for the best English-language abstract in her dissertation, published in 2023. The award was presented Monday, May 13, at…

10 May 2024

Out now: New Scientist Black Holes Special with a.o. Nikhef researchers

A special issue of New Scientist on black holes was released today. The special features several Nikhef employees, among others. Nikhef director Stan Bentvelsen talks about the Einstein…

Future events

7 June 2024

Inaugural lecture prof.dr. Ivo van Vulpen

More Information Inaugural lecture: prof.dr. I.B. (Ivo) van Vulpen Title: “Vermenigvuldigen door te delen – het belang van wetenschapscommunicatie in de natuurkunde” (the lecture will be in Dutch)…
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…