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08/28/2018
A candidate event display for the production of a Higgs boson decaying to two b-quarks (blue cones), in association with a W boson decaying to a muon (red) and a neutrino.

The ATLAS Collaboration at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has – at long last – observed the Higgs boson decaying into a pair of bottom (b) quarks. This elusive interaction is predicted to make up almost 60% of the Higgs boson decays and is thus primarily responsible for the Higgs natural width....

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07/31/2018
Professor Dr. Johannes Henn

Theoretical physicist Johannes M. Henn has been appointed as a new Director at the Max Planck Institute for Physics. The 37-year-old scientist conducts research into scattering amplitudes, which are used for the precise description of accelerator experiments. Henn is one of the world's leading...

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07/27/2018

NU-CLEUS experiment studies the nature of neutrinos

Raimund Strauss receives prestigious ERC Starting Grant

Dr. Raimund Strauss is awarded a ERC Starting Grant for the neutrino experiment NU-CLEUS.

The neutrino is the lightest and most mysterious of all elementary particles. It is hoped that a better understanding of its properties will provide answers to many unresolved questions relating to the origin of the universe. In order to study these elusive particles in an efficient way, Raimund...

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07/11/2018
The MAGIC telescopes in the Roque de los Muchachos observatory on the Canary island of La Palma

For the first time, astrophysicists have localized the source of a high energy cosmic neutrino originating outside the Milky Way. It is highly likely that the neutrino comes from a blazar, an active black hole at the center of a distant galaxy in the Orion constellation. How did the scientists reach...

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06/11/2018

Karlsruhe Tritium Neutrino Experiment KATRIN begins measurements – Ceremonial commissioning on June 11, 2018

Neutrinos on the world's most accurate scales

The KATRIN experiment: view of the large spectrometer. Here, scientists measure the energy of electrons emitted in Tritium decay. The energy is supposed to disclose the mass of the neutrino.

How heavy are neutrinos? This seemingly trivial question is one of the most important problems in modern particle physics and cosmology. The Karlsruhe Tritium Neutrino Experiment KATRIN, which began on June 11, 2018, aims to answer this question: it is the end result of 15 years of construction at...

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