Inter-University Institute for High Energies ULB-VUB
· The IIHE is the Interuniversity Institute of High Energies. It is the joint institute of Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) of almost 100 people of about 20 different nationalities. The institute was founded in 1972 and is based in the Plain Campus in Brussels.
· The IIHE was created in 1972 at the initiative of the academic authorities of both the Université Libre de Bruxelles and Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Its main topic of research is the physics of elementary particles. The present research programme is based on the extensive use of the high energy particle accelerators and experimental facilities at CERN (Switzerland) and DESY (Germany) as well as on non-accelerator experiments at the South Pole. The main goal of these experiments is the study of the strong, electromagnetic and weak interactions of the most elementary building blocks of matter. All these experiments are performed in the framework of large international collaborations and have led to important R&D activities and/or applications concerning particle detectors and computing and networking systems. Research at the IIHE is mainly funded by Belgian national and regional agencies, in particular the Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique (FNRS) en het Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (FWO) and by both universities through their Research Councils. The IIHE includes 19 members of the permanent scientific staff, 20 postdocs and guests, 31 doctoral students, 8 masters’ students, and 15 engineering, computing and administrative professionals.
Research at IIHE
· The IIHE participation to the CMS experiment.
· The IIHE and the scalar boson
· Ice Cube experiment at the South Pole
· The IIHE focuses its R&D activities on digital electronics, trigger and data acquisition systems for the upgrades of the CMS experiment and future experiments like ARA and the future linear collider.
· Frontier computing at the GRID
· Other Experiments: -The H1 collaboration performs studies of electron-proton interactions at the HERA collider which operated from 1992 to 2007, with the main interests being the proton structure in a wide kinematic range. The OPERA experiment studied tau neutrino appearance and neutrino oscillation phenomena using a high energy high intensity neutrino beam which produced using the SPS at CERN. The IIHE is currently active in both of these experiments.