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Particle physics

Which are the fundamental constituents of matter and which forces act upon them? Particle physics is the subject matter that addresses the fundamental principles governing our world: forces and constituents. This understanding is formulated mathematically as theories (before called laws of nature). The subject evolves through experimental explorations and development of theories and models.

Today our understanding is described by a theory called the Standard Model, which has an exceptional predictive power but is incomplete. We explore the predictions of the Standard Model and seek a more complete understanding, i.e. beyond the Standard Model. In practice we conduct the research in global experimental collaborations. Today these experiments are mainly done at the collider LHC at CERN.

In the particle physics division at the Department of Physics at Lund University we are involved in two major experiments at the LHC: ATLAS and ALICE. The ATLAS experiment is devoted to look for physics beyond the Standard Model, whereas the ALICE experiment is designed to look at a new state of matter called quark-gluon plasma. As a master student in particle physics you will be given the opportunity to follow the progress of those experiments and to take an active part in looking at the data as it is recorded by the experiments. The students should be prepared to visit research centers outside of Sweden, like CERN, for shorter periods.

The programme is ideal as the beginning of an academic career in particle physics, but also opens a door to other careers in a diversified society. During the programme you will earn skills in physics and mathematics, and also computers, information technology, e-Science and other cutting-edge technologies used in the experiments.

In addition to preparing the students for PhD-studies in the field, it will also provide a suitable start for a future career at one of the international laboratories. Since the experiments are performed in large international collaborations, the programme is also intended for those who plan a future career in an international environment. This programme shares, of course, the career possibilities for the general physics Msater's programme.