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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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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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Karlsruhe Tritium Neutrino Experiment KATRIN begins measurements – Ceremonial commissioning on June 11, 2018

Neutrinos on the world's most accurate scales

The KATRIN experiment: view of the large spectrometer. Here, scientists measure the energy of electrons emitted in Tritium decay. The energy is supposed to disclose the mass of the neutrino.

How heavy are neutrinos? This seemingly trivial question is one of the most important problems in modern particle physics and cosmology. The Karlsruhe Tritium Neutrino Experiment KATRIN, which began on June 11, 2018, aims to answer this question: it is the end result of 15 years of construction at...

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ATLAS candidate event for the Higgs boson production in association with two top quarks. The Higgs boson is detected through its decay into two photons (light blue lines), while the top quark decays are reconstructed from six hadronic showers (yellow and blue cones).

Almost exactly six years ago, CERN discovered the Higgs boson, which is responsible for the mass of other elementary particles. Since then, the Higgs particle has been the focus of extensive research. For the first time, scientists from the ATLAS experiment at CERN's Large Hadron Collider, with the...

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Installation of mirrors nearly completed: The prototype of the Large-Sized Telescope (LST) with mirrors wrapped in protective covers.

The mirrors for the largest telescope in the planned CTA observatory are now largely installed. In recent weeks, most of the 198 mirrors have been mounted. The telescope will be completed in the summer and commence operations in October 2018.

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The Belle II detector records and analyses particle collisions produced by SuperKEKB.

The particle physics community has been waiting for this moment for a long time: On 26 April 2018 0:38, GMT+09:00 at KEK in Tsukuba, Japan matter and anti-matter particles collided for the first time in the new SuperKEKB accelerator. News of this success came from the detector, too: The Belle II...

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Networking at the Carrier Day 2017

A Career Day for doctoral students and postdocs will be hosted at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Physics for the second time. On April 20, 2018, twelve international companies will introduce themselves, as well as career paths and career opportunities for physicists.

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Dr. Denis Salihagic

The Max Planck Institute for Physics mourns the loss of Dr. Denis Salihagic, who died at the age of 53 after a long illness. He had worked as a research assistant on the ATLAS project as well as in the IT Department since 1999.

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The Belle II detector records and analyses particle collisions produced by SuperKEKB.

Following an eight year conversion period, the SuperKEKB particle accelerator in Japan is almost ready to restart: soon, electrons and positrons will be brought to collision in the completely modernized accelerator ring. In future, the Belle II detector, also modernized, will record and evaluate...

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The first telescope in the CTA observatory is ready for mounting the mirrors. (Photo: Th. Schweizer/MPP)

Things are looking up for the first CTA telescope: A recently installed counterweight now ensures that the telescope dish will remain in a vertical position, meaning that the telescope is now ready for mounting the mirror supports and the mirrors. This effectively marks the end of the principal work...

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