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Search for New Physics with Low-Energy Precision Tests, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 7 days
University rank #65 (ARWU) Groningen, Netherlands
The unexplained nature of dark matter and energy and the relative abundance of matter and antimatter are just two out of many reasons to expect physics beyond the Standard Model. In an attempt to resolve these issues, a variety of theoretical extensions to the Standard Model were developed. The Search for New Physics with Low-Energy Precision Tests programme is offered by the University of Groningen.
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These extensions also predict new phenomena, such as the variation of fundamental constants and symmetry violation beyond allowed by the Standard Model. Sophisticated experiments are needed to detect these phenomena and thereby explore the physics beyond the Standard Model.

Low-energy precision tests are a very promising alternative to high energy accelerator research in this field. Using a combination of precision table-top experiments, electronic structure calculations and particle-physics theory, the understanding of the foundations of our universe can be tested at energies that effectively surpass those available at the largest particle accelerators. 

The search for new physics beyond the Standard Model using small-scale experiments is the topic of the Search for New Physics with Low-Energy Precision Tests programme at the University of Groningen.

Learning outcomes

During the course you will learn about:

  • Particle physics theories beyond the Standard Model
  • Experimental methods for search for new physics with low energy precision tests
  • Theoretical methods for electronic structure of atoms and molecules
  • Search for new physics with highly charged ions
  • Laser cooling of molecules

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 7 days
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

About The Course:

  • Leading experts will provide an overview of both experimental and theoretical aspects of this exciting field of research. 
  • Topics will include the status of the Standard Model and its extensions, parity violation, search for the electron electric dipole moment and for variation of the fundamental constants, methods to manipulate and control atoms, ions and molecules, and theoretical approaches. 
  • By bringing together enthusiastic scientists and students from different disciplines connected to the search for physics beyond the Standard Model, we hope to foster the development of this field and to encourage future collaborations.


This summer school is intended for MSc/PhD/Postdocs in the field(s) of atomic and molecular physics, theoretical physics and chemistry, and particle physics with an interest in searches for new physics.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • The participants should have at least Bachelor degree knowledge of Physics or Chemistry. It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English .

Tuition Fee

  • International

    750 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 750 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 7 days.
  • EU/EEA

    750 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 750 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 7 days.
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Living costs for Groningen

  • 750 - 1000 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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