Experimental particle physics

Experimental particle physics is the practical investigation of the fundamental components of matter and radiation. A crucial tool in the arsenal of the experimental particle physicist is the particle accelerator. The fundamental particles that make up matter can briefly be revealed when matter collides together at speeds close to that of light.

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  • News & Views |

    The hunt for new particles helps to complete our understanding of hadronic matter. The LHCb Collaboration now reports the surprising observation of a doubly charmed tetraquark.

    • Zhiqing Liu
  • Research Highlights |

    Two recent studies report more stringent constraints on dark matter from experiments with atoms and ions that make use of techniques and devices developed for quantum technologies.

    • Iulia Georgescu
  • News & Views |

    Although the mass of the electron antineutrino is still eluding direct measurement, the KATRIN experiment with its huge spectrometer has pushed the sensitivity below a billionth of the proton mass.

    • Angelo Nucciotti
    Nature Physics 18, 128-129
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    Two recent studies look for magnetic monopoles in very different, and rather exotic, places: in heavy ion collisions at the Large Hadron Collider and the IceCube neutrino detector in Antarctica.

    • Iulia Georgescu