Singapore has had a long and distinguished history in particle physics. A high-energy physics group started in Singapore in the 1970s, concentrating in theoretical physics. Some important high-energy physics conferences and workshops have been held in Singapore since then, notably the International Conference on High Energy Physics in 1990. The National University of Singapore and the Nanyang Technological University have trained more than twenty PhD students in particle physics and several of them have made careers in particle physics. The high-energy physics group of Singapore is considered to be sizeable by South-east Asia standards and works closely with neighbouring countries, especially with China and Taiwan.
Contacts with the CMS Management were enhanced in 2009 with a view of particle physicists from Singapore’s universities collaborating with the CMS experiment. There is much enthusiasm in Singapore for collaboration with CERN. However, the existing Singapore group is wholly phenomenological and theoretical, and a high-energy physics experimental group in Singapore has not yet been funded. Singapore’s approach to the CMS Collaboration in 2009 and contacts since may eventually lead to the formation of a cluster of experimental high-energy physicists working alongside the more established theoretical particle physics community in Singapore. Collaboration with CMS would be a joint research project of the Institute of Advanced Studies (Nanyang Technological University) and of the Department of Physics of the National University of Singapore. The project could be supported by high-performance computing, as for example exists at the Institute for High Performance Computing (IHPC) in Singapore.