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    The Quark Gluon Plasma

    Nikhef is member of the ALICE experiment, one of the detectors at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva. Here, over a thousand scientists work to find answers to fundamental questions about the building blocks of the Universe. We know that matter is built up from atoms, which, in turn, consist of protons, neutrons and…

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    Higgs, supersymmetrie en donkere materie

    Nikhef is member of the ATLAS experiment, one of the detectors at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Geneva. Here, over 3000 scientists perform research into elementary particles such as the Higgs particle, and look for answers to questions regarding dark matter.

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    The electron’s electric dipole moment

    Researchers within the Nikhef collaboration based in Groningen cool down and manipulate molecules to study the fundamental interactions and symmetries of the Standard Model of particle physics, including the electric dipole moment of electrons (eEDM).

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    Antimatter and b quarks

    Nikhef is member of the LHCb experiment, one of the detectors at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva. Here, together with international colleagues, Nikhef scientists try to find answers to the many questions surrounding topics such as matter and anti-matter.

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    Cosmic rays

    Nikhef scientists, together with colleagues from around the world, perform research at the Pierre Auger Cosmic Ray Observatory, an international observatory for the detection of ultra-high-energy cosmic radiation, located on the plains of western Argentina. They do so to learn more about the nature and origins of this mysterious cosmic radiation.

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    Nikhef researchers study neutrinos, which are neutral subatomic particles that pass straight through the Earth. They did so as part of a collaboration at ANTARES (a neutrino telescope on the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea) in France and now in a new international project called KM3NeT.

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    Gravitational waves

    Nikhef is part of a collaboration of five countries to detect gravitational waves using the Virgo detector in Italy. These waves, ripples moving in space-time were detected for the first time in 2015. They reveal completely new information about the Universe.

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    Dark Matter

    Nikhef is part of XENON, a collaboration of 21 universities and research institutes from around the world, aiming to unravel the mystery surrounding dark matter. Although most of the matter in our Universe can be categorized as dark matter, we know remarkably little about it. By means of an underground measurement setup XENON aims to…

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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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    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

    This page is in Dutch – the English translation will be available soon. De verhouding tussen wetenschap en techniek heeft veel weg van haasje-over. Wetenschappers willen ‘ onmogelijke’ experimenten doen; ontwikkelingen in de techniek maken het onmogelijke mogelijk. Bij het uitvoeren van deze experimenten worden nieuwe fenomenen ontdekt die weer met onmogelijke experimenten onderzocht moeten…