Elementary Particle Physics


Astroparticle Physics revolves around phenomena that involve (astro)physics under the most extreme conditions.


Here you see the installation of the the Compact Muon Solenoid forward tracker, which was partly constructed at the VUB.


The pheno group — A hint for supersymmetry?

Since 1972, the Research Group Elementary Particle Physics is part of The Interuniversity Institute for High Energies, IIHE (ULB-VUB). It was created at the initiative of the academic authorities of both the Université Libre de Bruxelles and Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Its main topic of research is the physics of elementary particles.

The present research programme is based on the extensive use of the high energy particle accelerators and experimental facilities at CERN (Switzerland) and DESY (Germany) as well as on non-accelerator experiments at the South Pole.

The main goal of this experiments is the study of the strong, electromagnetic and weak interactions of the most elementary building blocks of matter. All these experiments are performed in the framework of large international collaborations and have led to important R&D activities and/or applications concerning particle detectors and computing and networking systems.

Research at the IIHE is mainly funded by Belgian national and regional agencies, in particular the Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique (FNRS) en het Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (FWO) and by both universities through their Research Councils.

Read more about the research of the group on the website of the Interuniversity Institute for High Energies (ULB-VUB).