The high energy physics group at the VUB (HEP @ VUB) aims at unraveling the laws of nature at the most fundamental level. The HEP @ VUB collaboration is a concerted initiative involving theoretical and experimental physicist. The theory research includes the study of the fundamental laws of nature and their mathematical consistent and comprehensive description. The experimental investigations include studying matter at very small scale -- or equivalently at very high energies -- using the CMS detector at the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC). For energy scales beyond the reach of the LHC we make use of the most energetic particles coming from the cosmos, as they are detected by the IceCube observatory at the South Pole. The research action aim to address questions related to the fundamental physics processes involved in the most energetic phenomena in the Universe, the nature of dark matter and the structure of primordial quark-gluon plasma, which implies understanding physics at both the largest and the smallest scales at the same time.
HEP @ VUB is funded by the VUB through the Strategic Research Program "High-Energy Physics" started in 2013, whose objective is to strengthen the research in high energy physics at the VUB. The Strategic Research Program "High-Energy Physics" supports the Pheno Group whose research activity is focused on high energy phenomenology, with the goal of connecting theory and experiment in high energy physics.
The research framework was successfully initiated by a VUB Research Action "Geconcerteerde Onderzoeksactie (GOA)", which started in October, 2010, and rescaled since January, 2013.