Center for Particle Physics (DISCOVERY)


Center leader:

Associate Professor Peter H. Hansen



Application round:

6th Round

Host institution:

University of Copenhagen


80.0 mil. DKK

The Discovery center for particle physics explores fundamental questions in particle physics and cosmology, such as:

  • How was the universe created (which inflation scenario played out in the first split second? What happened during the quark-gluon plasma era?)
  • What is the source of the mass spectrum of fundamental particles of matter and forces?
  • How do we reconcile particle physics with the existence of dark matter?
    The center is via its members “shareholder” in two new international instruments which will provide extraordinary insights into these questions. These are ESAs PLANCK satellite and CERNs LHC accelerator.

The center is a joint venture of the experimental and theoretical particle physics groups at the Niels Bohr Institute.