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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

26.08.2016 | 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 

12.08.2016 | From the editors

Deuteron smaller than thought

The deuteron — one of the simplest atomic nuclei, consisting of just one proton and one neutron — is considerably smaller than previously thought. This finding was arrived at by an international research group. Read more 

21.06.2016 | Michael Keller

A flexible format for first-year exams

From next semester, undergraduate students in four departments will be able to take their first-year exams in two separate blocks as part of a pilot project. For the first time, students will be able to sit exams after their first semester and will therefore find out sooner whether they are suited to their course of study. Read more 

27.05.2016 | Editorial team

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 

Events D-PHYS

22 November 2016, Farewell lecture

Tiny particles, big questions, multifaceted experience

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