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High Energy Physics

The Division for High Energy Physics (HEP) at Uppsala University carries out research in fundamental physics, making experimental and phenomenological endeavours into uncharted regions of Physics beyond the explored smallest and largest scales.

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High School Students become Particle Physicists for a Day!

Each year more than 13.000 high school students in 60 countries come to one of about 225 nearby universities or research centres for one day in order to unravel the mysteries of particle physics. Lectures from active scientists give insight in topics and methods of basic research at the fundaments of matter and forces, enabling the students to perform measurements on real data from particle physics experiments themselves. At the end of each day, like in an international research collaboration, the participants join in a video conference for discussion and combination of their results. International Masterclasses 2020 will take place from 26.2. - 8.4.2020 and Uppsala University will be your host on April 2, 2020.

On April 2, we will spend the morning getting a general introduction on experimental particle physics and the smallest components of matter. After lunch you will have the opportunity of analysing data recorded in 2011 with the ATLAS detector and perform an actual measurement. Afterwards you can evaluate and interpret your result in a videoconference with ATLAS scientists at CERN and other high-school students across the world.

The Hands on Particle Physics Masterclasses in Uppsala will alternate between the ATLAS and IceCube exercises, so stay tuned for neutrinos in 2021!

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Interested pupils can apply between 2020-02-26 and 2020-03-15 

Research within the field of High Energy Physics

We study the smallest building blocks of nature and their interactions using sophisticated experiments such as the ATLAS detector at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider in Geneva or the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, a massive neutrino telescope built deep into the ice cap of the South Pole. To test and interpret experimental and observational results we also develop new theoretical models both within and beyond the Standard Model.