Susanne Westhoff

Susanne Westhoff
Working in particle physics means addressing the most essential questions about our universe you can think of.
Name
Susanne Westhoff
Programme
Particle and Astrophysics
Current role
Assistant Professor

Susanne Westhoff is an assistant professor at Radboud University.

Can you introduce yourself?

Trained as a particle physicist, I investigate the fundamental particles in our universe. Within the Master's programme Physics and Astronomy, I teach a course called "The Standard Model and Beyond". In this course, we stress-test the standard model of particle physics and discuss extensions, which might answer significant open questions, like the true nature of dark matter.

You might already know me from the Bachelor's programme, where I was teaching Linear Algebra NS and will soon be teaching Relativistic Quantum Mechanics. I joined Radboud University in 2022.

Why did you choose to study/work in this field? What makes this field so interesting?

My passion for particle physics started during my final year in high school. I followed a series of Saturday morning talks at the local university. Regular participants could participate in a lottery, and I won the first prize - a trip to CERN! 

Working in particle physics means addressing the most essential questions about our universe you can think of. I find it fascinating that we can construct mathematical models of fundamental particles, which can be tested in experiments reaching far beyond what we could grasp with our natural senses. Working in this field for almost two decades, I developed a sixth sense for particle interactions.

If you want to find out what I am currently doing my own research on: check out my website.

What advice do you have for students making their study choice?

Choose the topics you find most fascinating!