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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

18.04.2016 | Oliver Morsch

First creation of huge quantum states with oscillating ions

For years physicists have strived to control the quantum states of atoms or molecules very accurately. Researchers at ETH Zurich have now established a record for the size of  quantum states generated with massive particles. Their technique could be used to make quantum computers faster. Read more 

12.04.2016 | Oliver Morsch

Three-way battles in the quantum world

In phase transitions, for instance between water and water vapour, the motional energy competes with the attractive energy between neighbouring molecules. Physicists at ETH Zurich have now studied quantum phase transitions in which distant particles also influence one another. Read more 

11.03.2016 | From the editors

Ten professors appointed at ETH Zurich

The ETH Board has appointed ten professors at ETH Zurich in accordance with the application submitted by ETH Zurich President Lino Guzzella. Read more 

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 

Events D-PHYS

10 May 2016, Course

Short courses on Aspects of superstring perturbation theory, Part II - Schroedinger Lecture 2016

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11 May 2016, Colloquium

Using the Tools of Nanotechnology for Biophysics at the Single-Molecule and Single-Cell Scale

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18 May 2016, Colloquium

How Do Microorganisms Control their Sizes?

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25 May 2016, Colloquium

Interferometry in a Strong Light

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30 May 2016, Lecture

Wolfgang Pauli Lectures 2016 - On the Role of Scientific Research in Society, and Lessons Learned from a Life in Science

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31 May 2016, Lecture

Wolfgang Pauli Lectures 2016 - On the Sorting of Proteins to Compartmentalize the Cell – the Story of Three Nobel Prizes from a Modern Perspective

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