At our High Energy Physics laboratory (N-lab) in Nagoya University, we are exploring the world of elementary particles “the ultimate form of matter and the laws of nature” through experiments using state-of-the-art particle accelerators. Many elementary-particle phenomena can be explained by the Standard Model of particle physics, which consists of quarks and leptons (the constituents of matter), gauge particles (the mediators of the forces acting between them), and the Higgs particle (responsible for the masses of elementary particles). At N-lab, in order to reveal the new physics world beyond the Standard Model, we conduct the following experiments;
- • B-factory experiment at High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK) in Tsukuba, Ibaraki-prefecture, Japan,
- • LHC ATLAS experiment at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland, and
- • Precise muon g-2 / EDM measurement experiment at J-PARC, Tokai-village, Ibaraki.
The discovery of new phenomena will enable us to address many of the issues of modern elementary particle physics, such as the nature of dark matter, the origin of particles' masses and generation structures, the understanding of vacuum and space-time structures, and the unification of forces.
It is our university's technologies that support such advanced scientific researches. Cutting-edge physics research requires the use of state-of-the-art technologies. The instruments used in the BelleII and ATLAS experiments have been designed and manufactured by the researchers themselves.
In conclusion, N-lab conducts state-of-the-art accelerator experiments using the world's highest-strength B factory and the world's highest-energy LHC to elucidate unresolved mysteries in the Standard Model and to discover new physics worlds. Elementary particle research can be said to be just at the eve of the discovery of an unknown world of elementary particles, which also explains the history of the early universe. The journey is not easy, but graduate students have plenty of opportunities to develop this unknown particle world by constant efforts and a bit of luck.