The innovative AWAKE technology is based on a plasma wave on which electrons "surf" and are accelerated to collide with other particles. A study has now shown how the surf waves can be precisely controlled – an essential prerequisite for AWAKE to one day be used for particle physics experiments. The…

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What holds the world together? Prof. Nima Arkani-Hamed, theoretical physicist from the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), Princeton, and Prof. Armin Nassehi, sociologist from LMU München, give answers to this question – and a glimpse into the future of science.

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Exactly ten years ago, the ATLAS and CMS experiments announced a resounding success: Little less than three years after the launch of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, the last missing piece in the Standard Model of particle physics had been found: The Higgs boson, a kind of messenger of the…

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July 4, 2012 marks an unforgettable day in particle physics. On this date, the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN announced the discovery of the Higgs boson. This year's 10th birthday of the Higgs particle is being celebrated in around the world. In Germany, the Committee for Elementary Particle…

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The Career Day at the Max Planck Institute for Physics (MPP) will take place “live” at the institute again. Young physicists can find out about career options in 12 companies on June 24, 2022. A maximum of 120 people can register for the event. There are still a few free places.

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Simone Zoia’s doctoral thesis in theoretical particle physics has been recognized as outstanding PhD research. The book series “Springer Theses" included his work on "Modern Analytic Methods for Scattering Amplitudes” in its program, a selection of the very best contributions made by the younger…

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This year's lecture in the series "Science and Society" revolves around a topic that has gained enormous importance in the past pandemic years: the loss of trust in science. More and more people are sceptical or dismissive of research results - or interpret them freely according to their own ideas.

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The Max Planck Institute for Physics (MPP) welcomes Francesca Capel. Starting May 1, 2022, the postdoctoral researcher will head a working group for the closer study of astrophysical particles - cosmic rays and neutrinos. These high-energy particles are accelerated by powerful and distant sources,…

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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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