Particle physics

Particle physics is one of the school domain topics, it is roadmap of a long-term collaboration between campuses and keystone to the student’s training and career development.

Particle Physics

Particle physics is aiming to understand the laws that govern our universe at the extreme scales of known and unknown matter, as well as time. For example, one open key scientific point, which is addressed by the projects in this proposal, is the nature of dark matter, making up 85% of the total matter content in our universe. Its investigation requires recreating particle interactions in laboratories using particle accelerators, involving some of the largest and most complex detectors in science. These developments can have revolutionary implications also for society, as, e.g.,photon and particle detectors used for medical imaging (like mammographies) and world-wide web. The collaboration between DESY and LU scientists dates back many decades, with a central role played by accelerators and facilities located at DESY, and continues with the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The amount of data delivered by the LHC requires fast decision-making and real-time analysis techniques that can be of interest to other disciplines facing large repetition rates for data taking (e.g. FELs).

One of the highest energy collisions recorded at ATLAS. Credit: CERN.