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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

06.12.2016 | Simone Gohl

Brilliance in cutting-edge research

Switzerland’s credentials as a research location have been enhanced with a major new facility: the SwissFEL X-ray free-electron laser was put into operation at the PSI yesterday. ETH researchers are among those expecting to use the system to gain insights into hitherto hidden processes at the molecular and atomic level. Read more 

29.11.2016 | Felix Würsten

Gaming in the name of science

Quantum mechanics can be entertaining: anyone with a few minutes to spare for a video game on 30 November can do their bit to help solve a fundamental question of physics that was once argued over by Albert Einstein and Nils Bohr. ETH Professor Andreas Wallraff explains what the Big Bell Test is all about. Read more 

14.11.2016 | Fabio Bergamin

At the frontier of quantum physics

The ETH Zurich Latsis Prize 2016 goes to ETH physics professor Jonathan Home. He studies the frontier between quantum and classical physics using individual charged atoms that he controls with high precision. Read more 

01.11.2016 | Oliver Morsch

Hot on the heels of quasiparticles

Electrons in a solid can team up to form so-called quasiparticles, which lead to new phenomena. Physicists at ETH in Zurich have now studied previously unidentified quasiparticles in a new class of atomically thin semiconductors. The researchers use their results to correct a prevailing misinterpretation. Read more 


Events D-PHYS

7 December 2016, Colloquium

Solar and Extra-Solar Giant Planets

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14 December 2016, Colloquium

Exploring New Physics with Top Quarks

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21 December 2016, Colloquium

Search for Dark Matter: Cutting-Edge Science from Deep Holes in the Ground

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