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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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Post card for download

From A for Axion to Z for Z boson: The Max Planck Institute for Physics will be opening its doors to the public again from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m on June 1, 2019.

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One of the detector modules in the CRESST experiment

A variety of astronomical and cosmological observations have now placed the existence of dark matter beyond dispute. However, no experiment has yet succeeded in establishing just what dark matter is made of. For many years, scientists have been seeking dark matter particles in various mass ranges....

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Lena Funcke (Foto: privat)

Lena Funcke completed her doctorate at the Max Planck Institute for Physics at the age of just 23. For her outstanding doctoral thesis, she receives the Dieter Rampacher Prize, which is awarded annually by the Max Planck Society to its youngest doctoral researcher to obtain a PhD.

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Artistic view of collisions in Belle II

The Belle II detector got off to a successful start in Japan. Since March 25, 2019, the instrument has been measuring the first particle collisions, which are generated in the modernized SuperKEKB accelerator. The new duo produces more than 50 times the number of collisions compared to its...

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