University of Helsinki (UH)

Full Network Partner

UH has the largest particle physics research group in theoretical and experimental physics in Finland. It houses the Helsinki Institute of Physics, which coordinates Finnish activities with CERN.

Key Persons

  • Prof. K. Rummukainen

Key Competences/Facilities

The institute has five theoretical high-energy physics faculties involved with BSM physics. The institute has long traditions in lattice field theory already from its origins, and is one of the largest users of supercomputing facilities at the Finnish IT center for science (CSC). Current activities include an Academy of Finland funded project to study strongly coupled BSM physics on the lattice. The group has developed a very flexible Wilson-Clover simulation code, allowing the use of any gauge group and any fermion representation from 2 to 5 spacetime dimensions.

Previous Training Programs and Research

The institute is a key member of the national graduate school of particle and nuclear physics (GRASPANP). It is a member of the EU I3 project “Hadron Physics 2”, and EU MRTN Network “UniverseNet”. It is a key member of the Nordic Researcher
Training network Particle Physics and Cosmology (funded by Nordforsk). It has organised several international summer/winter research schools.
The institute is one of the pioneers of the research of BSM theories on the lattice. It has studied the finite temperature phase diagram of MSSM [1], and recently it was the first group to apply Schrödinger Functional method to investigate the running of the coupling in Minimal Technicolor Model [2].

Selected Publications

  1. M. Laine, K. Rummukainen, Phys. Rev. Lett. 80, :5259-5262,1998
  2. A.J. Hietanen, K. Rummukainen, K. Tuominen, Phys.Rev. D80:094504,2009