High-energy physics is devoted to the study of the elementary blocks of matter and of the associated forces. The tools for these studies are the particle collider experiments at very high energy or very large beam intensities, as well as imposing highly sensitive detectors. These experimental devices give access to the laws of physics at very short distances. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), launched in September 2008 at CERN, is the most spectacular realization of such an apparatus to date. The theoretical description of the laws of Nature is based on mathematical theories which are characterized by their intrinsic simplicity and their predictive power, and which incorporate the symmetries of the physical phenomena.
The goal of the "High-Energy Physics" master is to offer a complete training of very high level in high-energy physics, both theoretical and experimental, covering a wide range of fields and applications: particle physics, astroparticle physics, standard model of electroweak interactions and its extensions (supersymmetry etc...), strong interactions and quantum chromodynamics, tools and methods in experimental physics, general relativity and quantum gravity (string theory), as well as theoretical and observational cosmology.
One of the strong points of our master is to offer an international track which leads to a dual degree from two prestigious institutions, École polytechnique and ETH Zürich.