Our research focuses on studies of the quark-gluon plasma, a new state of matter created under conditions of extreme density and temperature - conditions that mimic the early history of the universe. Experiments are performed at particle accelerators located at international research facilities.
Our leading research activity at present is our collaboration in the ALICE experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, Geneva. We have lead the design and construction of one of the detectors, the Silicon Strip Detector as part of the Inner Tracking System. We also have strong activities in the measurements and in data analysis and we participate in high-technology development projects for the next generation detectors.
The Institute for Subatomic Physics coordinates the master programme "Experimental Physics". This curriculum shares courses with NIKHEF and the Amsterdam-based Universities. We also offer opportunities for bachelor students to perform research projects within our institute.