Research activities

The Department of the Subnuclear Physics is participated on two big experiments which are running at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in CERN:

Experiment ALICE
ALICE is a heavy-ion detector at the Large Hadron Collider ring. It is designed to study the physics of strongly interacting matter at extreme energy densities, where the formation of a new phase of matter, the quark-gluon plasma, is expected. The existence of such a phase and its properties are key issues in quantum chromodynamics for the understanding of confinement and of chiral-symmetry restoration. For this purpose a comprehensive study of the hadrons, electrons, muons and photons produced in the collision of heavy nuclei are made.
Experiment ATLAS
ATLAS is a particle physics experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN that is searching for new discoveries in the head-on collisions of protons of extraordinarily high energy. ATLAS will learn about the basic forces that have shaped our Universe since the beginning of time and that will determine its fate. Among the possible unknowns are extra dimensions of space, unification of fundamental forces, and evidence for dark matter candidates in the Universe. Following the discovery of the Higgs boson, further data will allow in-depth investigation of the boson's properties and thereby of the origin of mass.