Laboratory for High Energy Physics
The Laboratory for High Energy Physics (LHEP) is a division of the Physics Institute at the University of
|High-energy collider physics
The Bern group is a member of the CERN ATLAS experiment at the
Large Hadron Collider (LHC).
|Neutrino oscillation physics
LHEP is involved in the OPERA neutrino oscillation experiment at
the underground Gran Sasso laboratory.
|Low energy neutrino physics
LHEP is an active member of the EXO collaboration, a multi-phase experiment looking for neutrinoless double beta decay in the 136Xe isotope.
|Development of cryogenic liquefied noble gas TPCs
The next generation of neutrino oscillation physics experiments calls for new detectors able to meet the challenge of the high intensity of the beam facilities (Super-beams, Beta-beams, Neutrino Factories) and also capable of improved particle identification and background rejection performance. Naturally the application of these facilities will be extended to other fields, such as astroparticle physics and matter instability searches. The detection technique of the liquid Argon Time Projection Chambers (LAr TPC) is well suited to answer the demanding experimental requirements originating from the above considerations. The Bern group has been and is presently very active in proposing a global research strategy centered on both the design and proposal of experiments exploiting this technique and on the related R&D strategy... more
|Development of novel detectors for particles and radiation
Members of the Bern group have large experience in the field of particle detectors. This includes knowledge on tracking devices, on calorimetry, on cryogenic detectors, on high-resolution emulsion films, on imaging detectors, etc. Synergy of different known detector technologies leads to the development of novel detectors with improved and often unprecedented characteristics. This motivates our interest in continuing along this line of research aiming at proposing, designing, realizing and operating powerful tools for future particle physics experiments... more
|Medical applications of particle physics
Particle accelerators and detectors can be considered today as fundamental tools in many fields of modern medicine. In particular, the production of isotopes for PET (Positron Emission Tomography) and the high precision irradiation of deep seated tumors with proton beams (proton-therapy) represent two of the most modern hi-tech developments in the fight against cancer... more
→ First Bern Cyclotron Symposium (June 6 & 7, 2011).