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12/18/2020

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

Final results and completion of the GERDA experiment

The last measurements of the GERDA experiment were analyzed and published in 2020. The phote shows the experiment's opening in 2010. (Photo: MPP)

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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11/10/2020
Test setup of the MADMAX experiments: At the transition between air and the disc material, the photon fraction generates radio waves that can be measured (Photo: MADMAX Collaboration)

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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10/30/2020

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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07/18/2020
The MAGIC telescope system at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory, La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain (Photo: G. Ceribella/MAGIC Collaboration)

In 2019, the MAGIC telescopes detected the first Gamma Ray Burst at very high energies. This was the most intense gamma-radiation ever obtained from such a cosmic object. But the GRB data have more to offer: with further analyses, the MAGIC scientists could now confirm that the speed of light is…

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05/19/2020
Artistic view of the SARS-CoV-2 Virus (Image: Romolo Tavani/iStock)

Scientists around the world are doing their part to help with the Covid-19 pandemic. Numerous studies are investigating the corona virus, its transmission paths, and the course of the disease. The investigations often provide contradictory statements – for example, when it comes to how many people…

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