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Experimental Particle Physics

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
1.02.00  Natural sciences and mathematics  Physics   

Code Science Field
1.03  Natural Sciences  Physical sciences 
experimental particle physics, CERN, KEK, LHC, Super KEKB, ATLAS, Belle II, leptons, quarks, interactions, symmetries, Standard model, Higgs boson, New Physics, exotics, heavy flavour, CP violation, particle detectors, Grid computing, medical imaging
Evaluation (rules)
source: COBISS
Data for the last 5 years (citations for the last 10 years) on September 27, 2023; A3 for period 2017-2021
Data for ARIS tenders ( 04.04.2019 – Programme tender , archive )
Database Linked records Citations Pure citations Average pure citations
WoS  2,632  113,909  97,093  36.89 
Scopus  2,708  143,485  124,487  45.97 
Researchers (33)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  15641  PhD Marko Bračko  Physics  Researcher  2022 - 2023  764 
2.  09081  PhD Vladimir Cindro  Physics  Researcher  2022 - 2023  1,547 
3.  39132  PhD Dania Consuegra Rodriguez  Physics  Junior researcher  2022 
4.  57083  Jernej Debevc  Physics  Junior researcher  2022 - 2023  12 
5.  15716  Jurij Eržen    Technical associate  2022 - 2023 
6.  57086  Jan Gavranovič  Physics  Junior researcher  2022 - 2023 
7.  12092  PhD Boštjan Golob  Physics  Researcher  2022 - 2023  779 
8.  18277  PhD Andrej Gorišek  Physics  Researcher  2022 - 2023  1,307 
9.  38197  PhD Bojan Hiti  Physics  Researcher  2022 - 2023  502 
10.  53540  Alissa Shirley Howard  Physics  Junior researcher  2022 - 2023  55 
11.  18278  PhD Borut Paul Kerševan  Physics  Head  2022 - 2023  1,304 
12.  11598  PhD Samo Korpar  Physics  Researcher  2022 - 2023  793 
13.  15642  PhD Gregor Kramberger  Physics  Researcher  2022 - 2023  1,447 
14.  08725  PhD Peter Križan  Physics  Researcher  2022 - 2023  977 
15.  53457  Blaž Leban  Physics  Junior researcher  2022 - 2023  109 
16.  27794  Dejan Lesjak    Technical associate  2022 - 2023 
17.  53458  Andrej Lozar  Physics  Junior researcher  2022 - 2023  11 
18.  28481  PhD Boštjan Maček  Physics  Researcher  2022 - 2023  930 
19.  55790  Miha Mali  Physics  Junior researcher  2022 - 2023 
20.  12313  PhD Igor Mandić  Physics  Researcher  2022 - 2023  1,442 
21.  04361  Erik Margan    Technical associate  2022 - 2023  33 
22.  56032  Jakob Merljak    Researcher  2022 - 2023 
23.  04763  PhD Marko Mikuž  Physics  Researcher  2022 - 2023  1,591 
24.  52056  Jakob Novak  Physics  Junior researcher  2022 - 2023  187 
25.  16354  PhD Rok Pestotnik  Physics  Researcher  2022 - 2023  679 
26.  11775  PhD Tomaž Podobnik  Physics  Researcher  2022 - 2023  358 
27.  50507  Leonardo B. Rizzuto  Physics  Junior researcher  2022 
28.  33990  PhD Andrej Seljak  Physics  Researcher  2022 - 2023  50 
29.  54707  Luka Senekovič  Physics  Junior researcher  2022 
30.  03947  PhD Marko Starič  Physics  Researcher  2022 - 2023  719 
31.  32169  PhD Luka Šantelj  Physics  Researcher  2022 - 2023  249 
32.  57093  Krištof Špenko  Physics  Junior researcher  2022 - 2023 
33.  12750  PhD Dejan Žontar  Physics  Researcher  2022 - 2023  348 
Organisations (3)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0106  Jožef Stefan Institute  Ljubljana  5051606000  87,132 
2.  0794  University of Maribor, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering  Maribor  5089638012  12,528 
3.  1554  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics  Ljubljana  1627007  33,285 
This research programme represents the only involvement of Slovenian scientists in the field of experimental particle physics. The main motivation of research efforts in global high energy physics is (since around a decade ago) a search for processes and particles beyond the Standard Model of electromagnetic, electroweak and strong interaction among the basic particles. In our group this is implemented through a participation in two large-scale experiments, ATLAS at CERN and Belle II at KEK. The group holds major responsibilities in all experimental aspects in both international collaborations. Involvement in two major experiments calls for a critical mass, both in human as well as other resources. We foster these collaborations with large efforts of everyone involved, and due to these, the results also in the last funding period exhibit major scientific breakthroughs. The proposed research in this programme is based on the expertise of researchers in the group and focuses on expansion of our knowledge of phenomena in physics beyond the Standard Model, through energy frontier (ATLAS) and precision frontier (Belle II). Moreover, we intend to fulfill our responsibilities to large international collaborations and prepare our scientific instruments for optimal performance. Hence we will continue to participate in constant upgrades required for both detectors as well as for the computing infrastructure at our institutions. Participating in several R&D endeavours we are pushing detector technology beyond current limitations and transfer the acquired expertise to medical applications with improved detection methods in nuclear imaging.
Significance for science
The proposed research programme is at the very frontier of contemporary scientific endeavour, utilizing vast human and financial resources and stretching or even extending existing technologies to render these experiments possible. The proposed activities, as parts of genuine international experiments, have both been heavily scrutinized, approved, and followed up by research committees, composed of leading experts from the field and beyond. They represent a joint effort of the global scientific community, and are constantly monitored by scientists as well as by the authorities that are funding them. Their task is to deepen our insight into constituents of matter and the forces acting between them. In this quest accelerators of highest energies or with special properties are used, to probe high energy densities as they existed a glimpse after the Big Bang that created the Universe, or to probe very rare processes with possible contributions of unknown phenomena. The Standard Model of electroweak and strong interactions is one of the most celebrated theories of our time, a theory that will be probed to - and hopefully beyond - its limits by the experiments proposed in this research programme. These experiments have, each in their own complementary way, a good chance of finding signatures of physics beyond the Standard Model, be it the predicted and long awaited supersymmety, explanation of the nature of dark matter, neutrino masses or some even more exotic realization of physics at a higher energy scale. One of important unsolved questions of contemporary science is why we live in a universe in which the matter (particles) completely dominates over the antimatter (antiparticles). Already in 1967 the Russian physicist A. Saharov suggested three necessary conditions for such an asymmetric universe evolution. One of those is the violation of the CP symmetry, which can be measured in the world of subatomic particles. Another condition, the violation of the baryon number conservation, also belongs to that area of research. Measurements with the Belle detector in the past period of this research programme offered very precise determinations of the CP violation in the system of B mesons and represent another achieved milestone in the field. However, the measured values of the Cabbibo-Kobayashi- Maskawa matrix elements which within the SM parameterize the CP violation show that the observed magnitude of violation is significantly too small to describe the asymmetric universe. Unknown sources of the CP violation must exist, related to new particles and processes, commonly grouped under the term New Physics. A discovery of those, as one of the main focuses of the research with the Belle II detector, may bring an answer to the question of the universe asymmetry as observed nowadays. The measurements at both, the energy and intensity frontier, posses also a more widespread importance. If existing, the New Physics processes would cause a large change in understanding the structure of the world we live in. Consider for example the supersymmetric extensions of the SM, based on string theories. One can draw similarities in the impact that a possible experimental evidence for these models would have to the one of the relativistic theory. As the latter changed the reasoning about the world by introducing a time dimension as an equivalent to the three spatial dimensions, also the supersymmetric theories would introduce ten spatial dimensions instead of only three (additional dimensions would not be infinite as is the case with the familiar ones but rather shrunk to the sizes many orders of magnitude smaller than the size of the hadrons). There are other theoretical models introducing hidden extra dimensions to explain the weakness of gravity compared to other forces, like the well known Randall-Sundrum model. While the LHC collider could enable experimental evidence for the existence of new particles (confirming the qualitative correctness of many beyond the SM theories) the precision measurements to be performed with the BelleII detector will also differentiate among these models and by that enable determination of the so far unknown particle properties.
Significance for the country
Participation of Slovenian science in big collaborative international projects, exploring the frontiers of science, is of vital importance for the development of Slovenia and its local societal community. Carrying out research under equal terms with their colleagues from all over the world enables Slovenia and its researchers to: o participate in top research projects in one of the most propulsive fields of science, o publish in the most renowned scientific journals and take part in top-class international conferences, o ease formation of young researchers in international collaboration and competition with their fellow scientists from all around the world, o transfer research knowledge and experience into education at university and post- graduate level, o access and provide hands-on experience with the ultimate technology in the fields of detectors, electronics and computing, o transfer the applied technologies to Slovenia, o apply know-how to other fields of science and technology, o provoke participation of Slovenian industry in development, production and supply of high-tech products. Exposure to top-level technology, many times even in the phase of its development are crucial in the formation of young researchers with a high innovation potential, as well as for senior scientists to keep up with the development of the technology and transfer this knowledge to their younger colleagues and students. The contacts established in collaborations often lead to participation in technology projects beyond the scope of the original scientific goal. The development of new computational methods in combination with distributed data processing is expected to stimulate the development of other branches of science where large computing capacities and/or computing simulations are needed (computing, informatics, meteorology, statistics) and in the final instance also significantly contribute to the development of the informatics infrastructure. As an example, one can stress that the world wide web (WWW) was developed at CERN in early 90's for the needs of LHC information exchange. To the present day it has become a new branch of information technology, with associated turnover counted in trillions. Similar predictions are also being made for the development of the distributed computing (Grid), which has been developed and is exploited for LHC computing.
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