On July 1 in Leiden, the Secretary of Education Sander Dekker and the Chairman of the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) Jos Engelen announced that Nikhef will receive an investment of 15.2 million euros for its contribution to the upgrade of the experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).
The announcement came as part of NWO's' roadmap. Nikhef was one of the six research centres of international reputation that will receive 81 million euros in total, giving a strong impetus to Dutch research.
Frank Linde (Nikhef Director) says: "With this fantastic investment we can make our contribution to the improvement of the experiments at CERN's Large Hadron Collider in Geneva. This allows us to continue to benefit from the enormous discovery potential of this accelerator. We hope to increase the collision energy and the collision intensity from next year to measure more accurately the properties of the recently discovered Higgs particle, but we are mainly hoping for new discoveries"!
From left to right : the NWO director (Jos Engelen), the National Institute for Subatomic Physics - Nikhef director (Frank Linde) and the program me leaders of ATLAS (Paul de Jong and Nicolo de Groot), Raimond Snellings for ALICE and Marcel Merk for LHCb and on the right the State Secretary of Education, Culture and Science (Sander Dekker).
Jeff Templon (programe leader Physics Data Processing Nikhef) adds: "We are very pleased that resources are allocated for the continuation of the national "computing infrastructure" which we in recent years, along with Surf Sara, thanks to the' BiG Grid project' have been able to build and is used by different research disciplines".
Raimond Snellings (programme leader ALICE and professor at UU) adds: "The funding will be allocated to a new advanced silicon detector that is being built for the ALICE experiment. Thanks to this funding it will be possible to continue exploring the least understood part of the Standard Model, the strong interaction and the characteristics of matter in the Universe just after the Big Bang".
Marcel Merk (program me leader LHCb and professor at VU): “The experimental physics groups of the Free University of Amsterdam and the University of Groningen are eager to work with Nikhef to build the most powerful experiment in the world to unravel the matter-antimatter mystery".
Paul de Jong, (co-program leader ATLAS and professor at the UvA) adds: “that the grant is awarded is great news and shows the importance of the LHC for Dutch science. With this grant the Dutch will be at the forefront of the design and production of new detectors for the ATLAS experiment and allow our students to work on Higgs measurements and possible new discoveries".
Finally, Nicolo de Groot (co-programme leader ATLAS and professor at the RU): "The discovery of the Higgs particle, two years ago, has only been the beginning of a very ambitious LHC program. This award ensures that we can improve in order to perform precision measurements of the Higgs particle with higher intensity and to search for dark matter at the LHC with the ATLAS detector Our PhD students can use this for years to conduct groundbreaking research.".
Via Nikhef the Netherlands makes an important contribution to the research at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva. Nikhef is a member of the ALICE, ATLAS and LHCb collaborations.