Elementary Particle Physics


23/01/2018 - 12:15

Job description: In the context of the new EOS (Excellence of Science) programme in Belgium, the project be.h -- The H boson gateway to physics beyond Standard Model has started the 1st of Jan 2018, as a consortium among the HEP groups in five Universities in Belgium -- Universiteit Antwerpen (UA), Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), Universiteit Ghent (UG), Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).

17/01/2018 - 08:45

At a plenary meeting of the European Committee for Future Accelerators
(ECFA) held at CERN on 16–17 November, Jorgen D’Hondt of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium was elected ECFA chairperson.

17/01/2018 - 08:45

Now that all the particles predicted in the Standard Model have been discovered, CMS physicists including a strong VUB contribution, study the rare scenarios involving top quarks.

22/12/2017 - 10:00

A consortium of Belgian, British and French scientists, including physicists from the VUB, has deployed a new kind of neutrino detector at the BR2 research reactor of SCK•CEN in Mol. After the discovery of the Higgs boson, the researchers are getting closer to achieve one of the biggest challenges in Science: detecting a new kind of elementary particle, the sterile neutrino. 

26/07/2017 - 13:15

The 35th International Cosmic-Ray Conference took place in Busan, South Korea from July 12th to July 20th, 2017.
More than 800 physicists attended the conference to discuss the latest progress in cosmic-ray and solar physics.
Furthermore, recent developments in gamma-ray and neutrino astronomy as well as the hunt for dark matter were covered. 
The VUB was clearly represented with 10 posters and 4 talks.

13/03/2017 - 16:00

On March 13 2017 Lana Beck obtained the academic degree of Doctor in Sciences with the following doctoral thesis:
The Search for the Standard Model Production of Four Top Quarks
Joint PhD with University of Bristol
Promotors: Prof. Dr. Freya Blekman & Prof. Dr. Joel Goldstein

22/08/2016 - 16:00

On August 22nd 2016 Karen De Causmaecker obtained the academic degree of Doctor in Sciences with the following doctoral thesis:
Unconventional signatures of supersymmetry
Promotor: Prof. Dr. Jorgen D'Hondt

12/08/2016 - 10:15

Today, a neutrino even more elusive than its fellows is under the spotlight:  the sterile neutrino. Analysing the data collected over the course of a year at the IceCube detector however, scientists did not find any trace of the sterile neutrino. IceCube will update these results with more data and physicists are getting more and more excited to see what else sterile neutrinos could uncover about the ultimate neutrino theory.

03/05/2016 - 11:15

The @CMSvoices project allows members of the public to engage with members of the CMS Collaboration via Twitter.  Every month, a CMS physicist takes control of the CMSvoices twitter account and talks about their work and everything to do with life at CMS. In May 2016, the month the accelerator starts taking data at unprecedented intensities, the CMS voice is VUB professor Freya Blekman.

31/03/2016 - 21:30

In this new four-part video, we introduce you to the CMS detector at CERN's Large Hadron Collider, describing its construction and history as well as its physics goals. This experiment has a large VUB contribution, including for example Prof. Jorgen D'Hondt who is the elected president of the CMS collaboration.