Elementary Particle Physics


10/07/2018 - 05:15

12th July 2018, 17:00h: Press Conference on breakthrough led by the IceCube Neutrino Observatory

21/06/2018 - 12:00

By Kirill Skovpen

The model that describes fundamental particles and interaction forces in physics, known as the Standard Model, provides a comprehensive description of natural phenomena. Nevertheless, it leaves several questions unanswered and it remains incomplete: it excludes gravity and is not able to provide a description of how the world is functioning at extremely high temperatures. All the things we see around us are made of electrons, protons and neutrons. Protons and neutrons, in turn, are made of even smaller elementary particles called up and down quarks. The family of elementary particles however contains much more than quarks, it includes many other types of particles that can only be seen through a number of peculiar interaction processes. The study of elementary particles and their interactions thus represents a great tool in the construction of an ultimate model that would provide us with a complete description of nature. 

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15/06/2018 - 12:30

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is officially entering a new stage. Today, a ground-breaking ceremony at CERN celebrates the start of the civil-engineering work for the High-Luminosity LHC (HL-LHC): a new milestone in CERN’s history. By 2026 this major upgrade will have considerably improved the performance of the LHC, by increasing the number of collisions in the large experiments and thus boosting the probability of the discovery of new physics phenomena.

12/06/2018 - 15:15

Each year, the Belgian Physical Society (BPS) awards several prizes to excellent research performed in Belgium over a wide range of fields within physics. Three of the 2018 laureates are VUB PhD students at the Interuniversity Institute for High Energies (IIHE; VUB & ULB), and all of them were awarded a prize for research related to the IceCube neutrino observatory. 

15/05/2018 - 13:15

Op café gaan en tussen pot en pint  iets bijleren over wetenschap: dat is de missie van het wetenschapsfestival Pint of Science. Het festival ontstond 5 jaar geleden in Engeland en intussen wordt het in 21 landen georganiseerd, voor het eerst dit jaar ook in België. In zeven steden kan u vanaf 15 mei 2018 drie avonden lang terecht voor korte lezingen op café.

27/03/2018 - 08:45

De vakgroep Fysica heeft een openstaande vacature voor een assistent (BAAP), startdatum 1 oktober 2018

14/03/2018 - 14:45

Er waren mensen die dachten dat de wereld zou ontploffen als wetenschappers in de deeltjesversneller van Cern, nabij Genève, deeltjes met een gigantische energie tegen elkaar zouden doen botsen. De botsingen zijn intussen gebeurd, de wereld is niet ontploft, en prof. dr. Jorgen D'hondt was euforisch. Want olala, wat hij allemaal te weten komt door twee ondenkbaar kleine deeltjes te laten botsen en dan naar de rommel te kijken, is ongelooflijk. En kan wetenschappers nog jaaaaren bezighouden. Hierbij alvast een voorproefje van 15'!

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.