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The Vertex Detector on its way into the core of the Belle II Detector

A few days ago, the final components were installed in Belle II. With the aid of special tracks, technicians very gently pushed the highly sensitive vertex detector into the correct position inside the Belle II detector. Over the coming weeks, the vertex detector will be linked via cables to the...

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How does society benefit from basic research? Who can benefit, and in what format? These are the questions that Professor Helmut Schwarz from Technical University Berlin will explore in his lecture “The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge”. The colloquium from the series “Science and Society” will take...

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The LST-1 on La Palma is the first telescope of the CTA observatory.

On 10 October 2018, the LST-1 (Large-Sized Telescope) will be inaugurated in the Canary Islands in La Palma. It is the first of over 100 planned telescopes overall in the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA). The instruments are designed to capture objects and events that hurl out particles of maximum...

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The German Research Foundation (DFG) has given its approval to the Excellence Cluster “From the Origin of the Universe to the First Building Blocks of Life”, or “ORIGINS”. The research network will start work on 1 January 2019. The Max Planck Institute for Physics (MPP) is represented in several...

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Prof. Dr. Giulia Zanderighi

Theoretical physicist Giulia Zanderighi is joining the Max Planck Institute for Physics (MPP) as new Director. The 43-year-old scientist was most recently a Professor at the University of Oxford and carried out research in the theoretical department at CERN. Her area of expertise is collider...

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Samuel Dick

Honor for Samuel Dick: He received the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft's Apprenticeship Award for his outstanding achievements. The 21-year-old completed his education and training as an industrial mechanic (precision equipment construction) with top marks in just two and a half years.

Samuel Dick was one...

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What happens in particle colliders? Visitors can find it out - by playing football with protons

Max Planck Day is held across Germany on 14 September 2018. Under the hashtag #wonachsuchstdu (“what are you looking for”), the event is addressed to all those who are interested in research, and would like to get a hands on experience of the topics that the Institutes of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft...

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Illustration of the AWAKE accelerator at CERN: The protons (bullet-like structures) drive a plasma wave (elipsoidal structures) that accelerates electrons to high energies (small spheres).

There is a good chance that soon a new door will open to physicists, offering them new insights into the mysteries of the universe. The international AWAKE collaboration has made a breakthrough in its efforts to build a new type of particle accelerator. The experiment, in which electrons surf on a...

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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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The PXD-half-shell delivered to the Tsukuba Hall of KEK in Japan by Carsten Niebuhr (Photo: H.-G. Moser/MPP)

Everything is ready for the installation of the innermost detector for the Belle II experiment. Following successful measurements with a test instrument, the actual pixel detector (PXD) has now reached the KEK research institute. Together with one other component, it will make up the vertex detector...

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