Our research is currently entering a period with very high expectations and a huge potential for advances in fundamental physics.
In 2010, after 20 years of development and construction of the ATLAS LHC experiment, the first year of successful data taking has just been completed. The overall research program of ATLAS is to search for the Higgs boson and physics beyond the Standard Model. Already by the end of 2012 enough data will have been collected to extend the search for the Higgs boson and supersymmetric particles up to the TeV scale.
After a decade of development and installation, data is being taken with the complete IceCube Neutrino Observatory deployed over a 1 km3 volume in the Antarctic ice. The overall research program of IceCube is to discover the sources of high-energy cosmic rays and to detect dark matter. A goal these two experiments have in common, be it from different perspectives, is to unravel experimentally the mystery of dark matter and the question if nature is supersymmetric.
The Theoretical High Energy Physics (THEP) research activities of the division originated around 1990 with investigations of Quantum Chromo Dynamics (QCD). Over the last ten years theoretical research beyond the Standard Model has also been developed, in particular investigating theoretical aspects of the charged Higgs and supersymmetry.
Our very successful technical accelerator and computing development activities - necessary and highly stimulating for the High Energy Physics research program - add in a synergistic and coherent way to our HEP research activities.
We have since 7 years been leading the build–up of the Swedish national Grid Computing resource, called SweGrid, and given decisive contributions to the development of the very successful ARC middleware for grid operation. In Accelerator Physics we have since 2006 constructed and are currently operating the so called Two Beam Test Stand (TBTS) as part of the third generation test facility for the Compact Linear Collider at CERN, with which an accelerating gradient of 100 MV/m has been achieved in November 2010. This is an outstanding world record since it is about 3 times higher than what has previously been achieved with any other accelerating scheme.
The new experimental and computational instruments we develop to meet continuously evolving and new experimental conditions are often soon adapted to, and adopted by, other branches of science and also by other branches of society such as industry and hospitals. We participate in the work to adapt novel methods to other fields.
Contact persons
ATLAS: Richard Brenner, Tord Ekelöf
IceCube: Olga Botner, Allan Hallgren
Theoretical High Energy Physics: Gunnar Ingelman, Rikard Enberg
Grid Computing: Mattias Ellert, Tord Ekelöf
Accelerator Physics: Volker Ziemann, Tord Ekelöf

All contact persons have email addresses in the style firstname.lastname@physics.uu.se