2017 was distinguished by numerous different activities. For example, the MADMAX research network was instituted under the leadership of the Max Planck Institute for Physics. The objective of the participating scientists is to identify axions as possible candidates for dark matter.
Crucial progress has been made in the Belle II experiment in Japan. Following studies with a test detector, the actual pixel vertex detector will be installed in the spring of 2018. This will make it possible to precisely track and analyze decays resulting from the collision of electrons and positrons.
The CTA project also advanced rapidly. Following a short construction period, the basic framework for the first large telescope – one of a total of 100 telescopes that are to be built on La Palma, Spain and in Chile – is now complete.
100 Years Max Planck Institute for Physics
One highlight of the past year was certainly the Institute's 100th anniversary celebrations, which ushered in the Open Day on 24 June 2017.
The motto of the event was 'When two particles meet' ... and it attracted about 1,700 visitors. They were able to find out about current experiments, for example ATLAS, GERDA and CRESST, and how the instruments and equipment, some extremely sensitive, are built.
A well-received scientific symposium was held between 10 and 12 October 2017. It looked back at the achievements of the last 100 years. They represent the breeding ground for current developments and future trends in particle physics, which were also discussed in detail.
Subsequently, the Max Planck Institute for Physics celebrated its anniversary in an official ceremony, with Minister of State Ilse Aigner, Councillor Kristina Frank and the President of the Max Planck Society, Prof. Martin Stratmann. In their speeches, they paid tribute to the Institute's scientific management and emphasized its importance as a location for science and research.
The birthday party in the evening also proved very popular, with around 250 guests celebrating with comedy, a band and dancefloor sounds.