The Inter-university Institute for High Energies or IIHE combines the particle physicists from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). The IIHE is one of the founding institutes of CMS. The group from the Université Libre de Bruxelles currently has four professors, nine postdoctoral researchers, 12 PhD students, two electronics engineers, one computer scientist and a member of technical staff. The group has taken responsibilities in the construction of the silicon Strip Tracker endcaps. The group is involved in the Phase-1 Upgrade of the Muon detector as one of the leading institutes contributing to the GEM electronics readout. Their next project is the construction of one of the outer Tracker endcaps for the Phase-2 Upgrade of CMS, for the high-luminosity phase of the LHC (HL-LHC). In CMS data, the Brussels group searches for new particles (massive gauge or scalar bosons, particle of dark matter), studies the properties of the recently discovered Higgs boson, and performs detailed studies of the strong interaction. They host a Tier-2 computing cluster to support the analyses performed in Belgium.
CMS member since: 1992