Despite the corona pandemic, the production of next-generation ATLAS muon chambers at the Max Planck Institute for Physics (MPP) is proceeding as planned. Due to the current contact restrictions, the technicians are only permitted to work in shifts that vary on a daily basis. Nevertheless, the…

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Theoretical particle physicists sometimes compare Feynman integrals to “wild beasts”. Three physicists have now succeeded in partially taming these wild beasts with the help of mathematics. Their scientific achievement should make theoretical calculations of particle collisions considerably easier.

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The Belle II detector records about 5,000 collision events per second. However, only a fraction of these are of interest for physical questions. In order to distinguish the real signals from unusable data, the experiment uses “triggers”. Since the end of February, Belle II has been working with an…

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The Max Planck Institute for Physics, together with the Hanrieder Foundation for Excellence, is initiating a new funding program. The Hanrieder Research Fellowship aims to support junior physicists from countries in Latin America in a targeted way. Accordingly, the program is aimed at doctoral…

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Until now, all experiments have been unable to detect the mysterious dark matter. All? Not quite. The DAMA experiment has been providing reliable signals for more than 20 years. The problem: To speak of a discovery in science, signals of dark matter have to be confirmed in other experiments. With a…

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First hand research: In February and March, three particle physics courses will be held for high-school students. On these days, participants will learn about research methods, identify elementary particles in particle collisions, and “visit” experiments at an observatory on La Palma, at the…

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The search for neutrinoless double-beta decay continues with new LEGEND experiment

Final results and completion of the GERDA experiment

The GERDA experiment designed to prove the existence of neutrinoless double beta decay is coming to an end. The research collaboration has now evaluated the full data set produced by the experiment and published it in Physical Review Letters. Even though no signal was found, all goals set for the…

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Whether axions exist is still up for debate. If they do exist, two open questions in particle physics could be resolved: The puzzle of what dark matter is made of – and the question of why the strong interaction, one of the four known forces in the universe, has a particular characteristic. The…

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Germawide week of particle physics from 2-8 November - activities at the Max Planck Institute for Physics

Week of particle physics: Roundtrip through the world of elementary particles

How was the universe created? What are we made of? What does the “world machine” at CERN investigate? Science enthusiasts can pursue such questions during the Week of the Particle World from 2 to 8 November 2020. All over Germany, the locations of the Particle World Network invite guests to become…

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Café and Kosmos on November 3, 2020

Small and sensitive: Crystals for the dark matter search

This event will be in German language.

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