National Institute for Subatomic Physics

Nikhef is the National Institute for Subatomic Physics. Our research is aimed at particle and astroparticle physics. Each day, our researchers are committed to finding answers to very fundamental questions such as:

Scientists and technicians work together on research into the smallest building blocks of matter and the forces that act between them. These minuscule particles are studied in collision processes using large particle accelerators, including those of CERN near Geneva, as well as in interactions of high-energy cosmic particles in the Earth's atmosphere or in seawater.