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linkPfeil Agreement on CTA site on La Palma now signed
On September 19, 2016, the Council of the Cherenkov Telescope Array Observatory (CTAO) concluded negotiations with the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC) to host CTA’s northern hemisphere array at the Roque de los Muchachos ...

linkPfeil New trainees get started at the MPP
On September 1, 2016, five young women and men started their professional education at the Max Planck Institute for Physics (MPP). Over the next three years, they will train to become electronics technicians for devices and systems or ...

linkPfeil Their sights on neutrinos: New Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for Physics
Experimental neutrino physics – this is the main topic of a new Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for Physics. The Group will is led by Susanne Mertens, who has previously worked on the KATRIN and the Majorana experiments at the ...

linkPfeil Higgs boson: New high-precision computation for self-coupling
Researchers are carrying out various experiments to check the currently valid Standard Model of elementary particle physics. They are also searching for other phenomena which occur beyond the Standard Model – for “new physics”. Their search ...

linkPfeil GERDA experiment: first results of the second measurement phase
Is the neutrino its own antiparticle? How large a mass do neutrinos have? Scientists working on the GERDA experiment want to find answers to these questions. The first results of the second measurement phase, which began in December, were ...

linkPfeil Federal Minister Johanna Wanka visits the Belle II experiment
Prof. Johanna Wanka, federal minister for education and research, recently toured the Belle II experiment at the Japanese accelerator facility KEK. The Belle detector is currently being modernized to analyze particle tracks more accurately ...

linkPfeil Electron-positron accelerators: Strategies for the precision tools of the future
On May 2 and 3, 2016, a workshop will take place at the MPP to open discussion on concepts for future electron-positron accelerators. These accelerators bring matter and antimatter particles into collision and are an important complement to ...

linkPfeil Higgs boson under a new scrutiny - heading for more discoveries
After the discovery of the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in 2012 the particle physicists have been working even harder on the study of the properties of the Higgs boson and on the search for new particles. Particle ...

linkPfeil Looking into the future of theoretical particle physics:
Symposium May 18-20, 2016
Where do the most important topics and trends in theoretical physics lie? This is the question to be pursued by internationally renowned experts at the symposium “New Developments in Theoretical Particle Physics.” The event takes place from ...

linkPfeil Learning from Nobel Prize winners: Three MPP doctoral candidates selected for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting
Lena Funcke, Maximilian Totzauer and Sebastian Zell of the Max Planck Institute for Physics (MPP) have been granted a special honor: Together with around 400 other young scientists from 80 countries, the two doctoral candidates will take ...

linkPfeil "Science and Society" – MPP starts new lecture series in memory of Hans-Peter Dürr
What significance does science have for our society? This question will be taken up at the Max Planck Institute for Physics in the new event series "Science and Society," which takes place for the first time on April 19, 2016. The opening ...

linkPfeil An accelerator starts its comeback – first rounds for particles in the SuperKEKB
First signs of life for the particle accelerator SuperKEKB: Lately electrons and positrons have begun making their rounds in the modernized facility of the Japanese research center KEK. The first collisions electrons and positron beams are ...

linkPfeil How to accelerate particles on a wakefield: AWAKE key technology installed at CERN
How can accelerator experiments reach ever-higher energies? The AWAKE project uses a completely new technology to increase energies produced in particle accelerators by an order of magnitude. A key component was now put into place at CERN: ...

linkPfeil Particle Physics after the Higgs – by Allen Caldwell
The discovery of the Higgs Boson in 2012 built on decades of previous experimental and theoretical work and was a major scientific triumph. But what does it mean for particle physics as a discipline? Was the Higgs Boson the final piece ...

linkPfeil Stefan Schönert is a Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Physics
Stefan Schönert, Professor for Experimental Astroparticle Physics at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), has been named a Max Planck Fellow at the MPP, where he will do research in the area of dark matter and neutrino physics. The ...

linkPfeil The most energetic light ever observed from a few kilometres large star
Scientists working with the Major Atmospheric Gamma-ray Imaging Cherenkov (MAGIC) observatory have reported the discovery of the most energetic pulsed emission radiation ever detected from the neutron star in the center of the supernova of ...

linkPfeil Dispatches from the “middle ages” of the universe: MAGIC telescopes measure gamma radiation from a remote galaxy
For the first time, scientists have observed gamma radiation from a well-known distant galaxy. In the center of the active galaxy PKS 1441+25 resides a massive black hole, which is surrounded by a luminous disk of matter. The latest ...

linkPfeil The Antimatter puzzle: Searching for clues with a highly integrated particle sensor
Researchers in Munich have presented a highly sensitive sensor for precise measurement of particle tracks. This is the first module for the Vertex Detector of the Belle II experiment at the Japanese accelerator center KEK. The detector is ...

linkPfeil CTA: Laying the first stone of the prototype Large Size Telescope
On October 9th, 2015 the ceremony of the stone laying for the biggest Cherenkov telescope in the northern hemisphere, the prototype of the LST (Large Size Telescope) with a diameter of 23 meters, took place at the Roque de los Muchachos ...

linkPfeil Detector know-how for the world's deepest underground laboratory
Many experiments in astroparticle physics need to be protected from radiation. For that reason, they are frequently located deep under the earth's surface. For a new underground laboratory in China, the Max Planck Institute for Physics and ...

linkPfeil It’s muons that matter - new detectors for the ATLAS experiment
The search for rare particles continues unabated at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). In fact, the LHC will not achieve its peak performance before 2025; by then the upgraded High Luminosity (HL) LHC will accelerate and collide considerably ...

linkPfeil MPI for Physics hosts high-energy physics conference
It’s all about high-energy and astroparticle physics at Wildbad Kreuth from Oct. 4 to 9, 2015, when the Max Planck Institute for Physics hosts this year’s International Symposium on Multiparticle Dynamics (ISMD). Held annually since 1970, ...

linkPfeil Dark matter: Searching for "lightweights" with CRESST
Planets, stars, and galaxies form only the visible portion of the matter in the universe. Greater by far is the share accounted for by invisible "dark matter". Scientists have searched for the particles of dark matter in numerous ...

linkPfeil Max Planck Institute for Physics welcomes new apprentices
Five young adults have started their professional training at the Max Planck Institute for Physics (MPP). Training officer Engelbert Modjesch and members of the technical and Human Resources departments welcomed the apprentices and wished ...

linkPfeil CALICE collaboration meets in Munich
From Sept. 9 to 11, 2015, scientists of the CALICE collaboration will be meeting at the Max Planck Institute for Physics. In this project researchers are developing novel detectors to be used in future particle accelerators. The detectors ...

linkPfeil Spain and Chile to host the sites of the CTA observatory
The CTA cooperation decided on the future sites of the Cherenkov Telescope Array: The telescopes will be located at the Paranal Observatory of ESO (European Southern Observatory) in Chile and on La Palma, Spain. There the IAC (Instituto de ...

linkPfeil New Press Officer at the Max Planck Institute for Physics
The Max Planck Institute for Physics in Munich has appointed a new press officer. Barbara Wankerl (49) started her new assignment in media relations and public outreach at the beginning of July. She is committed to reorganizing the research ...

linkPfeil A black hole under the gravitational lens
Turbulent processes take place close to supermassive black holes, which lurk in the centres of nearly all galaxies. They swallow up matter flowing in from the outside while at the same time producing so-called gas jets which shoot out into ...

linkPfeil ATLAS Begins Recording Physics Data at 13 TeV
CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) started delivering physics data for the first time in 27 months. After an almost two year shutdown and several months re-commissioning, the LHC is now providing collisions to all of its experiments at the ...

linkPfeil CMS and LHCb experiments reveal new rare particle decay
By analyzing their combined data the CMS and LHCb collaborations revealed the very rare decay of a B0s particle into two muon particles. The Standard Model, the theory that best describes the world of particles, ...

linkPfeil Frank Simon elected new spokesperson of CALICE
On Thursday, April 30 2015, Frank Simon from the Max Planck Institute for Physics was elected new spokesperson of CALICE. The CALICE (CAlorimeter for LInear Collider Experiment) collaboration unites more than 300 physicists and engineers ...

linkPfeil LHC back in operation
After two years of intense maintenance and consolidation, and several months of preparation for restart, the Large Hadron Collider, the most powerful particle accelerator in the world, is back in operation. Thanks to the work done in the ...

linkPfeil LHC restart delayed
A short circuit that had delayed the relaunch of the Large Hadron Collider has been remedied. Now the LHC is back on track for the initiation of Run 2. In the near future the LHC will run at almost double its previous energy. This new ...

linkPfeil LHC is ready to start up again
After its first long shutdown for planned maintenance the Large Hadron Collider is ready to start up again. In light of numerous improvements that have been made on the LHC, scientists hope to gain new insights into different areas. Among ...

linkPfeil DPG Spring Conferences 2015
On Occasion of this years' spring conferences of the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft over 10.000 experts from all around the world will come together to discuss current scientific issues. Throughout march there will be conferences in ...

linkPfeil LHC's second run starts 2015
CERN announced at the 174th session of the CERN Council on 12 December that the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is gearing up for its second three-year run. The LHC is the largest and most powerful particle accelerator in the world and the ...

linkPfeil CERN Director General to be President of the German Physical Society from 2016 to 2018
The Council of the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (German Physical Society, DPG) has unanimously elected particle physicist Rolf-Dieter Heuer to be the next President of the DPG for the period of office starting in 2016. The DPG is the ...

linkPfeil ATLAS launches citizen science project "Higgs Hunters"
This week ATLAS launched the citizen science project "Higgs Hunters" in cooperation with Oxford University and New York University. The project gives volunteers the chance to help researchers deal with the huge amount of data that confronts ...

linkPfeil CERN makes public first data of LHC experiments
On November 24th CERN launched its Open Data Portal where data from real collision events, produced by experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will for the first time be made openly available to all. It is expected that these data ...

linkPfeil LHCb experiment observes two new baryon particles never seen before
Today the collaboration for the LHCb experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider announced the discovery of two new baryons. The particles, known as the Xi_b'- and Xi_b*-, were predicted to exist by the quark model but ...

linkPfeil Jelena Ninković receives Radiation Instrumentation Early Career Award 2014
On this year's IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium in Seattle on 15 November Jelena Ninković received the 2014 Radiation Instrumentation Early Career Award. This award is given to young investigators in recognition of significant and innovative ...

linkPfeil MAGIC telescopes observe an extremely short, powerful outburst of radiation in Galaxy IC 310
The radio galaxy IC 310 in the Perseus constellation is approximately 260 million light years away from Earth. Astronomers assume there is a supermassive black hole at its centre. This black hole was the setting for an extremely powerful ...

linkPfeil Reihe „Stolpersteine und Meilensteine auf dem Weg zum LHC"
Ministerialdirektor a.D. Hermann Schunck, ehemaliger Mitarbeiter des Forschungsministeriums und ehemaliger deutscher Delegierter im CERN-Rat, erzählt seine eigene Geschichte der Entwicklung des Large Hadron Collider. Er erinnert sich an ...

linkPfeil Higgs Discovery in Guinness Book of Records
The discovery of the Higgs boson isn't like the average record listet in the Guiness Book of Records. Normally achievements listet in the book can be exceeded. Because of its scientific significance the discovery of the 'God Particle' was ...

linkPfeil Awakening the potential of plasma acceleration
Preparations for the new Proton Driven Plasma Wakefield Acceleration Experiment (AWAKE) at CERN have begun. The AWAKE team at the Max Planck Institute for Physics in Munich is preparing to move both equipment and know-how to CERN. ...

linkPfeil Obituary for Dr. Eckart Lorenz
Our admired and esteemed colleague, Dr. Eckart Lorenz, passed away unexpectedly in Berlin on June 21, 2014. After a very successful career in particle physics, Eckart Lorenz was for many years the leader for the HEGRA and MAGIC projects at ...

linkPfeil Press Invitation
Special Colloquium: Teilchen, Thesen und Temperamente - Einblicke in Forschungsprojekte am Max-Planck-Institut für Physik 3rd June 2014 Prof. Dr. Siegfried Bethke presents the popular scientific lecture: "Particles, Theses, and ...

linkPfeil Obituary for Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Dürr
Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Dürr, emeritiertes Wissenschaftliches Mitglied, langjähriger Direktor des Max-Planck-Instituts für Physik (Werner-Heisenberg-Institut) und Träger des Alternativen Nobelpreises verstarb am 18. Mai 2014 im Alter von 84 ...

linkPfeil Swimming Science Center MS Wissenschaft starts in Berlin
On May 6th 2014 the Swimming Science Center MS Wissenschaft begins its tour through 38 german and austrian cities starting with Berlin. The Max-Planck-Institut für Physik is represented with two exponats.

linkPfeil German Federal President Gauck Visits CERN
German Federal President Joachim Gauck visited the European research laboratory during his stay in the Swiss Confederation. With his visit the celebration of CERN's 60th birthday begin. The festivities follow the motto "60 Years of Science ...

linkPfeil High School Students exposed to Particle Physics
It is a unique opportunity for high school students: during International Masterclasses they can hunt for evidence of particles in authentic data from experiments in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the most advanced and most energetic ...

linkPfeil 25th Anniversary of World Wide Web
In the beginning of 1991 CERN released an early version of the WWW for the physics community. At the end of the same year the first web server went online. Today more than 1 billion people use the internet worldwide. Weltmaschine.de ...

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