Nuclei and Particles

The Standard Model (SM), which describes matter in terms of quarks and leptons and their fundamental interactions is successful and well established. There are good reasons, both experimental and theoretical, to test it further, in a search for "new physics" beyond the SM. Investigating the microscopic properties of high energy matter also opens a window on the macroscopic evolution of the universe. Nuclei and particles are systematically studied with detectors that visualize and measure the products of interactions produced in the laboratory, with accelerators of increasing energy and luminosity or by cosmic rays.

Members of the Department of Physics contribute to both theoretical and experimental studies in international collaborations, at CERN (Geneva, Switzerland), SLAC (Stanford, USA), FermiLab (USA), and at the National Laboratories of the INFN (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare). Experiments are designed and carried out in close collaboration with the researchers and technical services of the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), Sezione di Trieste.

Last update: 08-23-2017 - 03:20