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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

27.05.2016 | Editorial office

18 professors appointed at ETH Zurich

The ETH Board has appointed 18 professors at ETH Zurich in accordance with the application submitted by ETH Zurich President Lino Guzzella. Read more 

11.05.2016 | Barbara Vonarburg

Galaxies used to play by different rules

ETH researchers studying how stars are formed in distant galaxies have made an unexpected discovery: a correlation that exists today between the proportion of heavy chemical elements in a galaxy and the rate at which new stars are formed in this galaxy did not apply 10 billion years ago. This observation helps scientists understand how galaxies with their stars and planets were formed over billions of years. Read more 

18.04.2016 | Oliver Morsch

First creation of huge quantum states with oscillating ions

For years physicists have strived to control the quantum states of atoms or molecules very accurately. Researchers at ETH Zurich have now established a record for the size of  quantum states generated with massive particles. Their technique could be used to make quantum computers faster. Read more 

12.04.2016 | Oliver Morsch

Three-way battles in the quantum world

In phase transitions, for instance between water and water vapour, the motional energy competes with the attractive energy between neighbouring molecules. Physicists at ETH Zurich have now studied quantum phase transitions in which distant particles also influence one another. Read more 

Events D-PHYS

1 June 2016, Lecture

Wolfgang Pauli Lectures 2016 - On the Structural Biochemical Mechanism of Synaptic Neurotransmission in the Brain

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1 June 2016, Colloquium

From Buckliphobia to Buckliphilia: The Wonders of Slender Structures

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