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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

30.03.2017 | Inken De Wit

Spark Award for fundamental research

ETH Professor Sabine Werner and her team won the Spark Award 2017 yesterday for their groundbreaking new approach to combating viral diseases. If their results can be confirmed, they could lead to the development of better treatments for viral diseases such as herpes. Read more 

27.03.2017

Consistently among the best

ETH researchers have received eight of the coveted Advanced Grants in the European Research Council's (ERC) latest call for proposals. For several scientists, this is their second such grant. ETH Zurich has been consistently ranked among the most successful institutions since the programme was launched ten years ago. Read more 

21.03.2017 | Nicol Klenk, Florian Meyer

Start with the users

An app for building managers – or data glasses that help you learn physics concepts? During the first "SPH Innovation Challenge", ETH students spent a week working on their own project ideas. Set up as a pilot station in autumn 2016, the Student Project House on the Hönggerberg campus provided the necessary space and resources. Read more 

10.03.2017 | Redaktion

New professors appointed

The ETH Board appointed three new professors and awarded the title of Professor to five recipients upon application of ETH President Lino Guzzella Read more 


Events D-PHYS

30 March 2017, Talk

Naturkonstanten als Grundlage für das revidierte Internationale Einheitensystem SI

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5 April 2017, Colloquium

Atomic Scale Functional Devices

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11 April 2017, Colloquium

The fuzziness of giant plantes' cores

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12 April 2017, Colloquium

Making Sense of the Universe with Supercomputers

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12 April 2017, Talk

Der Cherenkov-Teleskop-Array

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26 April 2017, Inaugural lecture

Illuminating the Dark Universe with the help of supermassive black holes

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