High-Energy Physics (HEP), also known as particle physics, is the branch of physics which studies the most fundamental laws of our Universe in order to address unanswered questions of nature.
The Standard Model (SM) of particle physics is a self-consistent theoretical framework which describes three out of the four known fundamental forces of our Universe - the electromagnetic, nuclear strong and nuclear weak force.
The largest and most powerful particle accelerator that has ever been built is the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).
The CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid) collaboration is one of the four major high-energy physics experiments at the LHC and is comprised of more than 4’000 scientists and engineers representing over 200 institutes from more than 40 countries.
The RTU team of physicists is working in the Top Quark Physics Group at the CMS experiment.
On the detector hardware and software side, the RTU group is involved in the MIP Timing Detector project.
A significant part of the research is on the top quark, the heaviest of all known particles. Its decay triggers many interesting physics processes.
«The European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) is a funding organisation for the creation of research networks, called COST Actions. These networks offer an open space for collaboration among scientists across Europe (and beyond) and thereby give impetus to research advancements and innovation.» – COST website. Latvia has been a member of COST since 2014, participating in a number of COST Actions (CAs).