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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 as an option for future CMS calorimeter upgrades, 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).

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

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 

12.10.2015 | Oliver Morsch

A resonator for electrons

Resonators are an important tool in physics. The curved mirrors inside the resonators usually focus light waves that act, for instance, on atoms. Physicists at ETH Zurich have now managed to build a resonator for electrons and to direct the standing waves thus created onto an artificial atom. Read more 

07.10.2015 | From the editors

Mysterious structures observed

A research team has observed structures racing out from the centre of a young star's debris disk at high speeds. It is still unclear what causes the phenomenon. Read more 

Events D-PHYS

30 November 2015, Colloquium

The Yukawa puzzle

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2 December 2015, Colloquium

Molecular Quantum Spintronics Using Single-Molecule Magnets

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9 December 2015, Colloquium

Searching for Dark Matter with Gamma Rays

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16 December 2015, Colloquium

Living with a Comet: Highlights from the European Rosetta Mission

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30 May 2016, Lecture

Wolfgang Pauli Lectures 2016 - Part 1

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31 May 2016, Lecture

Wolfgang Pauli Lectures 2016 - Part 2

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