Thursday, November 3, 2016

Austria 2016 - 50 Years of HEPHY

ISSUE DATE: 19 September 2016

The Institute for High Energy Physics - short HEPHY - is Austria's largest particle physics center. 

50th birthday congratulates Austrian Post with a special stamp, which shows a view of the inside of the CMS detector. was founded in 1966 as the HEPHY one of now 28 institutes of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Currently, around 70 employees work at the Institute, dedicated to not only basic research, but also the training of the next generation of physicists. The HEPHY provides internationally important key contributions to the current topics of particle physics. Elementary particles like quarks are constituents of atoms, and there are plenty of other particles, such as leptons, bosons or the Higgs particle, forming the so-called Standard Model. Nevertheless, remains open a number of questions, such as the nature of dark matter, which makes up the bulk of matter in the universe. 

The Teilchenphysikerinnen and particle physicists therefore trying, among other things, with the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, the world's largest particle physics research center in Switzerland to gain insights into the origin of our universe. The field of activity of the Institute of High Energy Physics, which is located in Vienna's Margareten district, includes the study of the smallest building blocks of matter and the forces acting between them. To investigate the properties of these fundamental elementary particles, it requires great acceleration systems and detectors. Therefore, the priorities of the Vienna Institute lie in the participation in international large-scale experiments. The HEPHY is instrumental in experiments at CERN (Switzerland), KEK (Japan) and Gran Sasso (Italy) involved and is a founding member of the CMS experiment at the LHC at CERN. As a result, the Institute has made a name for itself with its technological innovations. 

But not only the internationally recognized expertise in the development of detectors and reconstruction algorithms, the HEPHY's employees, have their voices heard. In addition, the scientists of the Institute provide by new theoretical methods and predictions of new models crucial contributions to deepening the understanding of nature. In addition to the priority research and education of students the HEPHY also organizes regular conferences, workshops and seminars on a professional audience as well as exhibitions and lectures for interested laymen. Through special events for children and young people try the Teilchenphysikerinnen and particle physicists to inspire the next generation of Research and Technology.


Stamp images and description thanks to Austrian Post - Österreichische Post
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