Nikhef rules with regards to coronavirus

Due to the precautionary measures taken to minimise the spread of the coronavirus, Nikhef is open only to a limited extent. External guests can only access the building for necessary visits, by invitation and accompanied by a Nikhef employee.


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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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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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.


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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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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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%).


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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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

7 June 2021

ATLAS is beginning to see the charm in Higgs decay

The Higgs particle, discovered in 2012, theoretically gives matter particles their mass, but experimentally this has so far only been proven for the very heaviest quarks. With a…

31 May 2021

Again, B mesons seem to be misbehaving at LHCb

The LHCb experiment at the LHC accelerator at CERN is again reporting measurements that appear to deviate from what the standard model of particle physics predicts. This could…

31 May 2021

Renovation of Nikhef building starts

Today, 31 May, part of the Nikhef building in Amsterdam will be handed over to construction team partner Strukton. This marks the official start of the renovation. It’s…

Future events

21 June 2021

PhD defense Mike Sas @ UU

Mike Sas, PhD at Nikhef, will defend his theses Monday 21 June 2021 online at the University Utrecht. “Neutral meson production and direct photon correlations from small to…
25 June 2021

ONLINE COLLOQUIUM: “Theory of the Muon g-2” by Elisabetta Pallante (RU Groningen)

Speaker: Elisabetta Pallante (RU Groningen) Title: “Theory of the Muon g-2” Abstract: I review the status of the theoretical prediction for the anomalous magnetic moment of the muon…
2 July 2021

Online COLLOQUIUM: “Catching a glimpse of the invisible axion and other WISPs” by Axel Lindner (DESY)

Speaker: Axel Lindner (DESY) Title: “Catching a glimpse of the invisible axion and other WISPs” Abstract: The interest in axions, axion-like particles and other weakly interacting slim particles…