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Professor Dr. Reimar Lüst died on March 31, 2020.

Professor Dr. Reimar Lüst, was a great researcher, a visionary and a pioneering leader in science policy, his death has come as a great loss. Reimar Lüst died on 31 March 2020 aged 97. As a Scientific Member, Reimar Lüst played a key role from 1960 onwards in designing and shaping research at the...

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Professor Dr. Klaus Gottstein in the year 2002

The Max Planck Institute for Physics is mourning the loss of its scientific Emeritus Professor Dr. Klaus Gottstein, who died on 20 March 2020 aged 96. Klaus Gottstein was a highly respected physicist and peace researcher, who with his many scientific papers earned longstanding acclaim in two very...

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Prof. Mirjam Cvetič

Mirjam Cvetič, a world acclaimed particle physicist, has been awarded the Carl Friedrich von Siemens Research Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, which is worth 60,000 euros. She is Fay R. and Eugene L. Langberg Professor of Physics at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She...

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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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