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MAGIC telescopes observes most violent gamma-ray burst to date

Gamma-ray burst with ultra power

Künstlerische Darstellung eines Gammablitzes mit Jet

The gamma-ray burst recorded by the two MAGIC telescopes on 14 January 2019 was spectacular: Never before have astrophysicists captured a gamma-ray burst with such high energy – hundreds of billions times more intense than that of visible light. MAGIC did not capture the gamma-ray burst until the...

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Quirin Fischl receives his award as the best graduate (Photo: IHK)

Every year, the IHK (the Chamber of Industry and Commerce) awards outstanding trainees who have passed their final exams with excellent results. This year, one of these awards went to Quirin Fischl, who completed his training as an electronic engineer for devices and systems at the Max Planck...

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A look through the CRESST experiment that inspired Diogo da Cruz to propose the installation "A shot in the dark", now on display at Serralves Museum, Porto. (Photo: CRESST)

The scientific proof of dark matter in the universe is one of the most exciting research fields in physics. The CRESST experiment in the Gran Sasso underground laboratory in Italy is one of the institutions looking for particles that could form the “substance” for this type of matter.

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The Max Planck Institute for Physics (MPP) has been organizing the “Science and Society” lecture series since 2016. These events are held by the Institute in memory of its former Director, Professor Hans-Peter Dürr, who deceased several years ago. During the later years of his scientific career in...

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Members of the collaboration during the spring 2019 neutrino mass campaign.

Because of their extremely small mass, neutrinos play a key role in cosmology and particle physics. After evaluation of the first measurement results in the Karlsruhe Tritium Neutrino Experiment (KATRIN), it is now clear: The previously unknown mass of the neutrinos must be less than 1 electron...

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View of GERDA’s argon tank, into which the mounting of germanium detectors and argon veto will be lowered by a special “elevator”. (Photo: GERDA Collaboration)

Since 2010, the GERDA experiment has been searching for an extremely rare radioactive decay: the neutrinoless double beta decay with which several well-known physics problems (e.g. the question of neutrino mass) could be solved. However, as the current data now published in Science show, this proof...

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Prof. Dr. Susanne Mertens

Neutrinos are in the spotlight of particle physics: Numerous experiments are dealing with these special particles. After all, they have the potential to get at least one step closer to answering some of the major physics questions. With a new experiment, Susanne Mertens from the Max Planck Institute...

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Feynman diagrams transformed to artwork. They mathematically describe the particle collisions.

Theoretical particle physicists are not particularly well known for their simplicity but rather for their complex research field. Yet simplicity is exactly what particle physicists strive for. The researchers in the quantum field theory group led by Prof. Dr. Johannes Henn at the Max Planck...

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The MPP-team "Teilchenbeschleuniger" at this year's B2Run in Munich (Photo: private)

After the MPP team was unable to start in 2018 due to a violent thunderstorm, the anticipation this year was all the greater - and rightly so: The 18 athletes completed the 6.1 kilometer course in the Olympic Park in bright sunshine.

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Dr. Karoline Schäffner

A new research group is starting at the Max Planck Institute for Physics, which is setting up another experiment for the detection of dark matter, called COSINUS. It is headed by Dr. Karoline Schäffner, who most recently conducted research at the Gran Sasso Science Institute in (GSSI) and the...

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