Nikhef is the Dutch National Institute for Subatomic Physics. The institute performs research into the elementary building blocks of our Universe, their mutual forces and the structure of space and time.
Just like our daily life is impossible to imagine without ICT, so is scientific research. The Computer Technology department offers ICT support to Nikhef research programmes, on the one hand by supplying a reliable basic infrastructure, on the other by facilitating research in a flexible and innovative way.
Scientists and technicians work together to find new answers to these questions. A large part of Nikhef’s research takes place at the particle collider at CERN, the ‘Large Hadron Collider’. Nikhef is also active in astroparticle physics, where interactions of high-energy cosmic particles are observed, for example in the atmosphere or in sea water. Research into gravitational waves and the existence of dark matter is of key importance as well.
Next to developing theories of elementary particles, analysing measurement data, and innovative technology, Nikhef consistently succeeds in confirming its renowned international reputation.