Fundamental Neutron Physics
The Fundamental Neutron Physics Group of Prof. Florian Piegsa develops new experiments and scientific methods in the laboratories at the University of Bern and performs measurements at international neutron research facilities.
We are using cold and ultracold neutrons to investigate the fundamental properties of the neutron itself. Hereby, we employ highly susceptible devices and installations in order to search for signals of new physics beyond the standard model of particle physics. This represents important complementary science with respect to ongoing high-energy particle physics activities, for instance performed at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Currently, we are involved in two low-energy neutron particle physics experiments - both have the goal to search for a neutron electric dipole moment (EDM).
Our research currently receivs funding via the Swiss National Science Foundation (grant numbers: PP00P2_163663 and 200021_181996) and the European Research Council (project name: BEAM-EDM).