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Welcome to the Institute for Particle Physics


Our main research projects are carried out in large international collaborations and address fundamental questions in particle and astroparticle physics, with significant contributions to experiments at the high energy frontier, the high intensity/high precision frontier, in neutrino physics, searches for Dark Matter, and cosmic ray physics. IPP aims to continue its prominent role in the different research programs. Forefront technologies employed in our experiments require intensive R&D programs, leading to innovative detector concepts and spin-offs (e.g., in medical physics or security).


Members of IPP participate in teaching at all levels at ETH and offer laboratory courses at ETH, PSI, and CERN. We provide a rich program of master and graduate level courses, in collaboration with our ETH colleagues from the Institute of Theoretical Physics, the PSI, and from the University of Zurich. Furthermore, we have initiated a Joint Master program in high energy physics together with colleagues at the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris. Altogether, this guarantees a diverse, internationally attractive and high-quality teaching program in theoretical and experimental particle and astroparticle physics.


The members of IPP are strongly committed to outreach activities for the public promotion of particle physics in particular and fundamental research in general.

ETH News

26.09.2016 | Florian Meyer

Ultrafast processes in the blink of an eye

Ultrafast processes beyond the human imagination occur in nature, but basic research has been able to measure and explore them only since the turn of the millennium. A book and an exhibition by the National Centre of Competence in Research Molecular Ultrafast Science and Technology (NCCR MUST) now connect this to everyday life by inviting you on a journey into time. Read more 


Shining brightly on the European stage

Six young scientists from ETH Zurich are to receive ERC Starting Grants. The European Research Council offers these grants to support talented young researchers as they embark on their academic careers. The selected projects come from several different ETH research areas. Read more 

13.09.2016 | Oliver Morsch

Metal in chains

The electronic energy states allowed by quantum mechanics determine whether a solid is an insulator or whether it conducts electric current as a metal. Researchers at ETH have now theoretically predicted a novel material whose energy states exhibit a hitherto unknown peculiarity. Read more 

26.08.2016 | Oliver Morsch

Electrons at the speed limit

Electronic components have become faster and faster over the years, thus making powerful computers and other technologies possible. Researchers at ETH Zurich have now investigated how fast electrons can ultimately be controlled with electric fields. Their insights are of importance for the petahertz electronics of the future. Read more 

Events D-PHYS

5 October 2016, Colloquium

Topological Mechanical Metamaterials

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6 October 2016, Colloquium

Parity Violation in Chiral Molecules: From Theory towards Spectroscopic Experiment and the Evolution of Biomolecular Homochirality

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12 October 2016, Colloquium

Some Novel Science and Applications in the Field of Nanophotonics

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19 October 2016, Colloquium

The Large Hadron Collider and Beyond: Future Paths in High Energy Physics

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26 October 2016, Colloquium

The Amazing Start of Gravitational Wave Astronomy

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9 November 2016, Colloquium

Nature's Optics and our Understanding of Light

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