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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

26.06.2017 | Samuel Schlaefli

A gravity researcher in search of weightlessness

Lavinia Heisenberg is a theoretical physicist. She is reluctant to accept that General Relativity can be used to describe the universe only on the assumption of exotic materials and energy sources. Her goal is thus to update Einstein’s theory. Read more 

26.05.2017 | Oliver Morsch

Quantum-aided frequency measurements

Accurate measurements of the frequencies of weak electric or magnetic fields are important in many applications. Researchers at ETH Zurich have now developed a procedure whereby a quantum sensor measures the frequency of an oscillating magnetic field with unprecedented accuracy. Read more 

16.05.2017 | Felix Würsten

Persistent and curious

As Professor of Particle Physics, Felicitas Pauss played a key role in the discovery of the Higgs boson. Tomorrow, she will be honoured with the Richard Ernst Medal. Read more 

12.05.2017 | Oliver Morsch

One laser is enough

Gases in the environment can be spectroscopically probed fast and precisely using so-called dual frequency combs. Researchers at ETH have now developed a method by which such frequency combs can be created much more simply and cheaply than before. Read more 

Events D-PHYS

12 September 2017, Lecture

A Century of Nuclear Physics

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13 September 2017, Lecture

Quantum Field Theory: Past, Present, Future

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13 September 2017, Lecture

Gauge - Gravity, or Open - Closed String Duality

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