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09/25/2018
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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09/18/2018
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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08/31/2018
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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08/29/2018
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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08/28/2018
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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08/24/2018
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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07/31/2018
Professor Dr. Johannes Henn

Theoretical physicist Johannes M. Henn has been appointed as a new Director at the Max Planck Institute for Physics. The 37-year-old scientist conducts research into scattering amplitudes, which are used for the precise description of accelerator experiments. Henn is one of the world's leading...

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07/27/2018

NU-CLEUS experiment studies the nature of neutrinos

Raimund Strauss receives prestigious ERC Starting Grant

Dr. Raimund Strauss is awarded a ERC Starting Grant for the neutrino experiment NU-CLEUS.

The neutrino is the lightest and most mysterious of all elementary particles. It is hoped that a better understanding of its properties will provide answers to many unresolved questions relating to the origin of the universe. In order to study these elusive particles in an efficient way, Raimund...

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07/11/2018
The MAGIC telescopes in the Roque de los Muchachos observatory on the Canary island of La Palma

For the first time, astrophysicists have localized the source of a high energy cosmic neutrino originating outside the Milky Way. It is highly likely that the neutrino comes from a blazar, an active black hole at the center of a distant galaxy in the Orion constellation. How did the scientists reach...

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06/25/2018
The MAGIC telescopes at the Roque de los Muchachos observatory on the canary island La Palma (Photo: T. Dettlaff/MPP)

15 years ago, the first MAGIC telescope was inaugurated on La Palma in the Canary Islands. In 2009, it was followed by a second telescope of a similar type. Both instruments study cosmic objects that emit high-energy gamma rays, such as supernovae or massive, active black holes in the center of...

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