[caption align=right]The CMS detector, source: CERN[/caption]

The research programme of the Particle Physics & Detector Development group is characterised by the study of the fundamental building blocks of matter, their properties, dynamics and interactions. Particle collisions at very high centre of mass energies are crucial for our research. The members of our group are part of the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, where they study proton-proton collisions at the highest available centre of mass energies.

Our group adresses fundamental questions in particle physics. The scientific activities cover a broad spectrum of topics, ranging from top quark physics, searches for Supersymmetry and the global interpretation of experimental high energy physics data to the development of novel types of silicon detectors.

The diversity of activities in our group offers students as well as young researchers the opportunity to be exposed to a multitude of state of the art research directions and the possibility to contribute to a number of scientific areas in a very international environment.