The Institute for Particle Physics (IPP) belongs to the Physics Department of the ETH Zürich (D-PHYS). It is located on the Hönggerberg campus (Building HPK), about a 15 minutes bus ride away from Zürich downtown.
During its history the institute has been reorganized several times. Today it is hosting five full professors (Prof. Dissertori, Kirch, Pauss, Rubbia and Wallny). Four senior scientists were awarded the title of a Proff. (Prof. Biland, Grab, Horisberger and Synal).
The institute is organized in six groups (Proff. Biland and Pauss, Prof. Dissertori, Prof. Grab, Prof. Kirch (partially at PSI), Prof. Rubbia, Prof. Wallny; Prof. Horisberger is at PSI) and the associated Laboratory for Ion Beam Physics (LIP, Prof. H.A. Synal):
The institute's main research projects address fundamental questions in the following research fields:
Experiments at the frontier of high-energy interactions between fundamental particles
Experiments in neutrino physics
Experiments in astroparticle physics
The main objectives of the astroparticle physics experiments are to perform the best possible measurements of cosmic ray spectra (charged particles and photons) to investigate fundamental astrophysical questions, to unravel the nature of Dark Matter and to investigate whether antimatter exists in the present Universe in a measurable quantity.
Precision particle physics experiments at low energies
Precision particle physics experiments at low energies concentrate on studying fundamental symmetries and interactions with neutrons and muons. This is done within international collaborations running experiments at PSI within its laboratory for particle physics LTP.
Ion beam physics
The Laboratory of Ion Beam Physics (LIP) is a worldwide leading group in developing new instrumentation for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) and Ion Beam Analyses (IBA). A strong emphasis is put into studying the physics of atomic ions at low energies in order to develop new compact facilities for AMS and IBA. The LIP is jointly operated by ETH (D-PHYS and D-ERDW), PSI, EMPA, and EAWAG.