Sciences and Bioengineering Sciences
VUB-IIHE researcher Krijn de Vries has received a prestegious European Research Council Starting Grant for his project "Radio detection of the PeV – EeV cosmic-neutrino flux". The coming 5 years de Vries receives 1.4 million euros of funding to develop novel methods to detect the radio waves of neutrinos that are observed by the IceCube neutrino observatory.
Gwenhaël DE WASSEIGE obtained on July 24 2018 the academic degree of Doctor of Sciences with the following doctoral thesis:
Solar Flare Neutrinos in the Multi-Messenger Era: Flux Calculations and a Search with the IceCube Neutrino observatory
Promotor: Prof. dr. Nick van Eijndhoven
12th July 2018, 17:00h: Press Conference on breakthrough led by the IceCube Neutrino Observatory
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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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.
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.