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What we do

We perform particle physics experiments at colliders with the highest energies and luminosities, in order to address fundamental questions such as the mechanism behind electroweak symmetry breaking or the existence of new particles and forces at the TeV energy scale. Currently this is pursued by a leading participation in the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva. In the mid- and long-term future, further important contributions are envisaged to the CMS upgrades and operations at the high-luminosity LHC, as well as to possible new endeavours, such as a high-energy LHC variant or a new e+e- linear collider. An important asset of the Dissertori group is the strong link to the theoretical particle physics community, in particular in the Zurich area.

We also perform detector research and development, with possible spin-offs. The main activities concentrate around the detector control system for the CMS crystal calorimeter, the study of new radiation-hard scintillating materials, and the exploitation of the acquired know-how on scintillating crystals and solid-state photo-detectors for the development of spin-offs, such as the demonstrator for an axial PET scanner (AX-PET) or the construction of a novel ultrafast PET insert for MRI (SAFIR).

We are very much dedicated to the teaching of physics to ETH students and to the promotion of public awareness of fundamental research.

ETH News

21.12.2015 | Oliver Morsch

Faster entanglement of distant quantum dots

Entanglement between distant quantum objects is an important ingredient for future information technologies. Researchers at the ETH have now developed a method with which such states can be created a thousand times faster than before. Read more 

04.12.2015 | Editorial office

Four professors appointed at ETH Zurich

Upon application of the President of ETH Zurich, Lino Guzzella, the ETH Board appointed a total of four professors, and awarded the title of professor to two individuals. Read more 

26.11.2015 | Oliver Morsch

Surprising discovery of a new particle

Studying peculiar properties of a long known metallic material researchers have chanced upon a new particle. It is related to the so-called Weyl fermions that the mathematician Hermann Weyl predicted almost ninety years ago. Weyl had overlooked the particle, which could have interesting applications in electronics. Read more 

09.11.2015 | Adrian Ritter

“It's scarcely possible to grasp intuitively”

In November 1915, Albert Einstein presented the general theory of relativity. A symposium at ETH Zurich celebrates the 100th anniversary of this groundbreaking theory from 12 to 14 November. Read more 

Events D-PHYS

24 February 2016, Colloquium

Secrets of the Universe Beyond the Higgs Boson

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2 March 2016, Colloquium

Quantum Sensing with Single Spins in Diamond

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9 March 2016, Colloquium

Quantum Control of a High-Speed Semiconductor Quantum Dot Hybrid Qubit

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16 March 2016, Colloquium

Biophysics at the Nanoscale: Single-Molecule Spectroscopy of Protein Folding and Dynamics

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23 March 2016, Colloquium

Attosecond Ionization Time Delays

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6 April 2016, Colloquium

The Search for Gravitational Waves with Advanced LIGO

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