Nova outbursts are apparently a source for cosmic rays

MAGIC telescopes observe nova explosion

The MAGIC telescopes have observed the nova RS Ophiuchi shining brightly in gamma rays at extremely high energy. The Gamma rays emanate from protons that are accelerated to very high energies in the shock front following the explosion. This suggests that novae are also a source of the ubiquitous…

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International Masterclasses: research in particle physics

Particle physics workshops for students

Research like in real life! In March and April, two particle physics courses are held for pupils from 10th grade upwards. During these days, participants learn about research methods, identify elementary particles in particle collisions and "visit" experiments at the particle accelerators at CERN in…

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Interview with the Hanrieder Research Fellow Alejandro Rodriguez

„First of all, apply“

Alejandro Rodriguez, the first Hanrieder Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Physics, calls up for new candidates to apply. The PhD student from the University of Buenos Aires spent a research stay in the string theory group of the institute from September 2021 till February 2022.…

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The Max Planck Institute for Physics condemns Russia's attack on Ukraine and the increasing violence against the population of this country. Our sympathy and solidarity goes out to all those who are holding out in the cities; to the many who have to flee to safety.

In our scientific groups, people…

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The international KArlsruhe TRItium Neutrino Experiment (KATRIN), located at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), has broken an important "barrier" in neutrino physics which is relevant for both particle physics and cosmology. Based on data published in the prestigious journal Nature Physics, a…

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Israel's Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the Max Planck Institute for Physics (MPP) will collaborate closely in the field of quantum gravity. The German Research Foundation (DFG) recently approved a three-year cooperation project that is unique in this field. The funding amounts to 1.6…

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The construction of the COSINUS experiment in the underground laboratory at Gran Sasso LNGS (Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso) is making great progress. The first large component has been erected in the last weeks. It is a water tank (7 meter in diameter and height) that carries out the…

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With Paolo Nason and Niccolò Cribiori, the Max Planck Institute for Physics (MPP) welcomes two fellows of the renowned Alexander von Humboldt Foundation: At the MPP, the two Italian scientists are conducting research in two different fields of theoretical particle physics Physics: Nason in the…

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Giulia Zanderighi, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Physics is now Liesel Beckmann Professor at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). With this professorship, TUM honors outstanding female scientists whose careers serve as role models for young female academics.

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The top quark is the heaviest of all elementary particles found in nature. The mass of this point-like particle corresponds to that of the comparatively of the much larger gold atom. One of the production sites for top quarks is the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. When protons collide, top…

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