Experimental Physics of Fundamental Interactions

Our present knowledge of elementary particles and their interactions is well represented by a theory, the Standard Model of particle physics. However, there is a strong evidence that the Universe contains a kind of gravitationally-interacting matter (the so called "dark matter"), not composed by Standard Model particles. Experiments at large particle accelerators look for new non-Standard-Model particles and probe possible deviations from Standard Model predictions.

Research at FIM is carried out within the international collaborations NA62 and LHCb operating two large experiments at CERN accelerators and in close contact with research groups of Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN).

Data collected by these experiments are used to investigate many interesting processes in particle physics. In particular, NA62 studies very rare decays of the K+ meson, while LHCb explores particles containing heavy quarks, matter-antimatter asymmetries and multi-quark hadrons (tetra- and penta-quarks) are studied by LHCb.

Our group is especially interested in the search for new particles, antimatter production in high-energy proton-nucleus collisions and in developing detectors for future upgrades of the experimental apparata.

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Research Staff: Prof. A. Bizzeti

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