High Energy Experimental Particle and Heavy Ion Physics

high energy physics
Department leader
Dezső Varga

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After the infrastructure developments of the previous years, the activities of the group were focused on detector development and detector physics research. This includes contributions to specific CERN experiments, such as the ALICE, NA61 and RD51. Relevant detector physics projects were financed by H2020 grants. In the field of cosmic muon imaging, novel methods and novel detector systems were established, leading to a Japanese-Hungarian utility patent.
The aim of our research group is to better understand the strong interaction through collisions of nucleons and nuclei by performing basic and advanced measurements (cross sections, particle spectra and correlations), and by testing various theoretical ideas (quarkgluon plasma, gluon saturation, critical endpoint of the phase diagram). We participate in several complementary experiments (mainly ALICE and CMS), both in data-taking and physics analysis.
The Laser Particle Accelerator Technology Research Group participates in the development of novel particle acceleration technologies where ultra-short, high-intensity laser pulses play a major or even a dominant role. We take part in the AWAKE Collaboration at CERN where laser pulses create the plasma that acts as an accelerating medium...