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Julius Wess Award for Robert Klanner

The Max Planck Institute for Physics (MPP) wishes to congratulate Prof. Robert Klanner (University of Hamburg, DESY) on being awarded the Julius Wess Award 2016. Prof. Klanner receives the prestigious honor for his fundamental contributions to the development of silicon microstrip detectors – a technology responsible for making the pioneering findings in particle physics possible in the first place. The work was done in the early 1980s when he was a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Physics and Astrophysics, the forerunner of the MPP. This also led to the establishment of today’s semiconductor laboratory of the Max Planck Society.

Prof. Dr. Robert Klanner

Prof. Dr. Robert Klanner (photo: KIT)

The silicon chips developed by Robert Klanner and his colleagues at that time achieved a breakthrough in high-energy physics: High-precision sensor technology enabled scientists to undertake detailed investigations of decays of hadrons made up of heavy quarks for the first time. The technology also laid the foundations for high-resolution strip detectors which are now used in the ATLAS and the CMS experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).  

The Julius Wess Award, which is named after the theoretical physicist who was a Director at the MPP from 1990 – 2002, is made for outstanding theoretical or experimental scientific achievements by the KIT Elementary Particle and Astroparticle Physics Center. Robert Klanner will be presented with his award on 3 March 2017.