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Helsinki Institute of Physics – The Finnish way of organising particle physics research

 The Helsinki Institute of Physics (HIP)

HIP is Finland’s single point of contact for collaboration with accelerator centers. This is achieved due to the fact that HIP was founded to act as a joint research institute for all Finnish universities engaged in research concerning large accelerator centers, in particular the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland, and FAIR – the Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research – being constructed in Darmstadt, Germany. The research activity at the institute covers an extensive range of subjects in theoretical physics and experimental subatomic physics.

The Helsinki Institute of Physics (HIP) is a physics research institute that is operated jointly by the University of HelsinkiAalto University, the University of Jyväskylä, the Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology, and the Tampere University.

 Particle physics as a field notoriously involves many aspects of physics, technology, industry, and also finance. Thus, organising research in such a way that all the different areas are connected is complex and important work. In Finland, this has been solved by founding HIP, which has a mandate to co-ordinate the country’s research related to accelerator centers. One big benefit in this arrangement is that the resources for the related research can be used in an optimal way.

The keys to HIP’s success are simple:

  • By collecting extensive and different expertise and know-how connected to accelerators from several universities or research centres; and
  • By covering a continuum of particle physics research topics from theoretical physics, the analyses of accelerator experiments, experimental set-ups and instrumentation, as well as technological development all the way to commercialisation of spin-off products in collaboration with industry.



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  • CERN
  • FAIR  (Facility for Anti proton and Ion Research)
  • -Experimental subatomic physics
  • -Theoretical physics
  • -Applied research connected to accelerator centers
  • -Experiments, where HIP participates:
  • FAIR-operations

2 page article in SciTech Europa 29

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