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30 years ago, 88 research institutions signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the ATLAS experiment at CERN. To date, ATLAS is the largest particle detector ever built. The Max Planck Institute for Physics (MPP) has been in the lead from the very beginning: MPP scientists drove the large-scale…

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The innovative AWAKE technology is based on a plasma wave on which electrons "surf" and are accelerated to collide with other particles. A study has now shown how the surf waves can be precisely controlled – an essential prerequisite for AWAKE to one day be used for particle physics experiments. The…

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What holds the world together? Prof. Nima Arkani-Hamed, theoretical physicist from the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), Princeton, and Prof. Armin Nassehi, sociologist from LMU München, give answers to this question – and a glimpse into the future of science.

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Exactly ten years ago, the ATLAS and CMS experiments announced a resounding success: Little less than three years after the launch of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, the last missing piece in the Standard Model of particle physics had been found: The Higgs boson, a kind of messenger of the…

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Nova outbursts are apparently a source for cosmic rays

MAGIC telescopes observe nova explosion

The MAGIC telescopes have observed the nova RS Ophiuchi shining brightly in gamma rays at extremely high energy. The Gamma rays emanate from protons that are accelerated to very high energies in the shock front following the explosion. This suggests that novae are also a source of the ubiquitous…

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