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NTU's Cross-border Research Results from the "Development Plan for World Class Universities and Research Centers of Excellence"


"Development Plan for World Class Universities and Research Centers of Excellence" Under global competition, knowledge and innovation have become the keys to a nation's success. To raise their competitiveness, countries spend large amounts of capital to invest in the development of intellectual innovation and talent cultivation. For example: Japan, Korea, and Mainland China have all invested hefty sums of money in education, hoping to increase their competitive advantages through raising the quality of higher education. To meet with this global trend, in 2006 Taiwan's Ministry of Education (MOE) implemented the "Development Plan for World Class Universities and Research Centers of Excellence", anticipating an increase in competence through supporting the development of higher education. National Taiwan University (NTU) has used the financial aid provided by the plan to fund research, and the most notable results showed through areas such as information technology, medical studies, physics, and engineering.

Antimatter, a highly-destructive power and the subject of the movie "Angels and Demons" where a scientist tries using it (antimatter) to prove the existence of God, actually exists. Since 1994, National Taiwan University High Energy Experimental Physics Group has participated in the BELLE Experiments, international collaboration experiments conducted by Japan's B Factory "Belle Collaboration". As a result of their long-term participation, the group discovered that the decay rate of charged B mesons is asymmetrical, the opposite of neutral B mesons. The discovery surpassed the original expectations predicted in the Kobayashi-Masukawa Theory, providing a new lead to solving the mystery behind the lack of antimatter in our observable universe. This discovery was published in the prominent scientific journal Nature and stimulated the research of many new theories. 

Currently, NTU High Energy Experimental Physics Group is developing world-class talents through participation in cutting-edge international collaborative research. An example of success in Taiwan's higher education is Dr. Kai-Feng Chen, a member of NTU High Energy Experimental Physics Group, who won the IUPAP's (International Union of Pure and Applied Physics) inaugural Young Scientist Award in 2008, outshining eight nominees!

The next challenge will be at CERN, the world's largest particle physics research laboratory, in Geneva Switzerland, that provides particle accelerators and other infrastructure needed for high-energy physics research. In this stage, NTU High Energy Experimental Physics Group will participate in a competitive research, the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment, which uses CERN's Large Hadron Collider to better understand the origins of the universe. Inspired by the results of the BELLE Experiment, the High Energy Experimental Physics Group of NTU and NCU (National Central University) are utilizing the opportunity to participate in the CMS Experiment to delve further into the research of antimatter, and hoping to solve the mystery behind its disappearance.