June 26, 2021: Two particles meet - online!

The Max Planck Institute for Physics (MPP) invites you to its (Virtual) Open Day on June 26, 2021 from 11:00 to 17:00. Visit our Institute digitally, experience experiments live, and discuss projects with our scientists and employees. We are looking forward to welcoming you!

How to join the Open Day - Login will start on June 26, 10:00

The event takes place on the digital video conference platform Gather. In the digital MPP you can visit laboratories and workshops, view posters and films, listen to presentations and talk to our scientists.

Please note:

  • To use be able to use all features on Gather, please use a PC or laptop with one of these browsers: Edge, Chrome or Firefox. You can also connect via smartphone or tablet PC, but then you will not have the camera function.
  • It is not necessary to download the Gather app.
  • Here you find useful information on how to navigate, talk to other people and watchh movies or files, for example.
  • Gather allows 500 visitors* to be present at the same time. If you can't get in, please try again.
  • If there are any questions or problems, please contact presse@mpp.mpg.de.

The Open Day program

Talks (11:15 - 13.15; 15:30 - 17:00)

11:15 - 11:45 Kollisionskurs Urknall: Teilchenjagd mit ATLAS am Large Hadron Collider (Verena Walbrecht)
11:45 - 12:15 Auf der Suche nach Dunkler Materie mit CRESST (Dominik Fuchs)
12:15 - 12:45 Rätselhafte Signale und Dunkle Materie: Das COSINUS-Experiment (Martin Stahlberg)
12:45 - 13:15 Gammastrahlen - die perfekten Botschafter für Nachrichten aus dem Universum (Juliane van Scherpenberg)
  Visit of online labs and workshops
15:30 - 16:00 It's a chameleon! It's a swiss knife! It's superstring theory! (Veronica Errasti Diez)
16:00 - 16:30 Was bedeutet die berühmte Unschärferelation von Heisenberg für die moderne Teilchenphysik? (Christoph Dlapa)
16:30 - 17:00 Belle II und das Geheimnis der verschwundenen Antimaterie (Christian Kiesling)

Visit of the digital labs and workshops (13:00 - 16:00):

AWAKE: Next-generation accelerators

Until now, very large accelerator facilities have been needed to accelerate particles to high energies. Scientists are exploring new methods to accelerate particles to nearly the speed of light as efficiently as possible over much shorter distances: AWAKE uses plasma waves on which the electrons surf and are thus brought up to speed.

ATLAS data analysis: Hunting particles with the Higgs detection machine

At the LHC, protons are collided at nearly the speed of light and at immensely high energies. We show how we analyse the results of these collisions with the ATLAS detector. Our goal is to explore the physics we know even more precisely - and to find new particles that can be used to explain phenomena that are not yet understood.

ATLAS muon detector: A giant under construction to-a-hair precision

To increase the chances of detecting new particles, the LHC is being upgraded to further peak performance. This also applies to the ATLAS instruments. The detectors for muons, heavy relatives of electrons, play a special role here. We will show how these technologies are being refined and constructed to deliver even more precise results.

COSINUS: Intelligent detector crystals

So far, only one experiment has succeeded in picking up a signal from dark matter. The new COSINUS experiment is expected to provide some clarification: Using a "smart" detector developed at MPP, scientists are following the trail of this lonely sign of dark matter.  

CRESST: Dark matter search

It has been known for many years that there must be matter in the universe that cannot be seen. Just like ordinary, visible matter, it attracts mass. In this way, dark matter holds galaxies together - and dictates how they are distributed in the universe. As one of several experiments, CRESST is searching for the hitherto unknown particles of dark matter – with low temperatures playing a crucial role.

KATRIN and its detectors: Neutrino mass ... and more

To measure the mass of what are probably the lightest particles - neutrinos - you need the world's largest balance: KATRIN in Karlsruhe. But the experiment can do even more. The additionally installed TRISTAN detector searches for a new neutrino species. And that's not all: In a few years, TRISTAN will even go to the ISS space station to capture high-energy light particles.   

Apprentice Workshop: Training by fascinating projects

Perhaps not known to everyone - but at MPP there is more than just research: Young people can learn a profession here. At the open day, our apprentices in the field of industrial mechanics show their exciting projects. 

MADMAX: Sensitive electronics for the detection of axions

The MADMAX experiment is about the axion. The elementary particle exists in theoretical models, but has not yet been detected. Axions could help to remove some inconsistencies in particle physics. For example, it is a possible candidate for dark matter. We show the idea behind the experiment - and how axions can be measured.

MAGIC and CTA: Telescopes on La Palma

Telescopes are the most important "visual aids" for the universe. They allow scientists to study different wavelengths of light, for example optical light, infrared or radio waves. The MAGIC and CTA telescopes focus on the most energetic radiation: gamma rays. They reveal what happens in stellar explosions and at black holes and allow a deep look into the past of our 13-billion-year-old universe.

Mechanics and Construction: From idea to experiment

Every experiment in particle physics is unique. Our mechanics department shows how to plan, design and finally manufacture and assemble new experiments.