Physics of elementary particles

Elementary particle physics deals with the fundamental questions on the structure and functioning of our world: What are the basic building blocks of matter? What kind of forces act between them? Experimental groups at our Institute take active part in the collaboration with big research centers, mainly CERN - the European Organization for Nuclear Research (located in Switzerland). Experimenters study the structure of the nucleon with muon beams, look in electron-positron collisions for fundamental Higgs particle - presumably generating all other particle masses, and actively pursue preparations for next generation experiments at Large Hadron Collider.