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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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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Research Spotlight


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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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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Research Spotlight

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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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 November 2023

Collaboration is theme latest issue of Nikhef magazine DIMENSIONS

National and international cooperation is the theme of the latest issue of Nikhef magazine DIMENSIONS. “In doing so, we emphatically want to make a difference,” says director Stan…

15 November 2023

Particle physics on the street in the Staatsliedenbuurt Amsterdam

Four shop windows and five large-format bill-boards make up a temporary photo exhibition about particles and particle physics on the street in Amsterdam’s Staatsliedenbuurt neighborhood. The temporary exhibition…

10 November 2023

Virgo Award 2023 for Nikhef postdoc Yuefan Guo

Nikhef postdoc Yuefan Guo of Maastricht University has won a Virgo Award 2023 for her work on the gravitational wave detector in Pisa and the Einstein Telescope. She…

Future events

13 October / 15 December 2023

Collegereeks Leidse Muurformules bij Universiteit Leiden met Nikhef-onderzoekers

Leiden heeft een rijke historie aan natuurkundige ontdekkingen. Zo verdienden Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, Hendrik Lorentz en Pieter Zeeman hun Nobelprijs in de sleutelstad voor de ontdekking van supergeleiding…