DACM is division of the Institute of Research into the Fundamental Laws of the Universe (IRFU), of the CEA Physical Sciences Division (DSM). It is located on the Saclay center in the premises of the former National Laboratory Saturne, LNS, and the former Department of Instrumental Techniques of Elementary Particles, the STIPE. These premises have been renovated and gathered in a large platform called "Synergium" which occupies a total floor area of 25,000 m2. DACM which hosts 75 research engineers and 45 ... More »
A major space astrophysics laboratory The Service d'Astrophysique (SAp - UMR AIM) is among the major space laboratories in France, in Europe and internationally. In direct collaboration with CNES, which is responsible for the space activities of French laboratories, SAp is strongly involved in space missions for ESA's Cosmic Vision scientific program and on bilateral missions supported by CNES. The development of astrophysics at the CEA began in partnership with CNES since its ... More »
DEDIP numbers 77 engineers and researchers, 68 technicians, two post-doctoral students and two apprentices working on the development of detection and data processing systems for the department’s physics experiments. The technical performance of instruments and computer systems has for a long time played a key role in the quality of physics experiments, which are becoming increasingly demanding in terms of performance (speed, precision), reliability and data flow. DEDIP has state-of-the-art expertise ... More »
Within Irfu as part of the CEA missions, the Nuclear Physics Division (DPhN) is leading experimental and theoretical fundamental research in nuclear physics. DPhN is also applying its knowledge and expertise to measurements and modeling related to society topics involving nuclear energy, to the design as well as to the dismantling of facilities. Goals The strong interaction, the main actor in nuclear physics, is occurring at two successive scale levels. The first one concerns the assemblies of quarks and gluons, ... More »
The great questions in particle physics and cosmology   The physicists at the Particle Physics Division are tackling some of the deepest questions in modern particle physics and cosmology.   What are the fundamental symmetries ruling the subatomic world?   Are the properties of the Higgs boson, discovered at the CERN LHC in 2012, consistent with the predictions of the Standard Model of Particle Physics? Will the detailed study of the Higgs boson be the key of the physics beyond the ... More »
The Systems Engineering Division merges the disciplines of mechanical engineering and those of general instrumentation, necessary to the specifi c developments of the experimental equipments of Irfu for applications in the field of fundamental physics research.
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