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Prof. Dr. Marc Weber
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Prof. Dr. Marc Weber
Spokesperson KCETA

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Prof. Dr. Dieter Zeppenfeld
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Prof. Dr. Dieter Zeppenfeld
Deputy Spokesperson KCETA

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Welcome to KCETA

The KIT Center Elementary Particle and Astroparticle Physics (KCETA) bundles experimental and theoretical research and education at the interface between astrophysics, elementary particle physics and cosmology. Large scale international projects for knowledge-driven fundamental research form connecting elements of the various activities. KCETA is a unique platform for studying the smallest building blocks of matter and their interaction as well as their role in the evolution of the largest structures in the Universe.

The KIT Center can rely on the successful tradition that is lived for many years in particular in the Center of Excellence for Particle and Astroparticle Physics CETA and in the biggest German graduate school.

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News and Events

10th anniversary of KCETA10th anniversary of KCETA

On October 26, 2018 KCETA will celebrate its 10th anniversary. More ...

Seminar with Julius Wess awardee Francis HalzenSeminar with Julius Wess awardee Prof. Francis Halzen

Julius Wess awardee Francis Halzen will give his seminar from October 24 to 26. It will take place on Campus North. More ...

Maus-Fan-Türöffnertag"Fast as light – on the trail of racing particles"

On the mouse fan door opener day, children were allowed to take a look behind the doors of the Institute of Accelerator Physics and Technology (IBPT). More ...

Ulrich Husemann erstmals in den Vorstandsrat der DPG gewähltUlrich Husemann elected to the DPG Board of Directors for the first time

Prof. Ulrich Husemann was elected to the board of directors of the German Physics Society (DPG) for the first time. More ...

KSETA-Doktorandin Denise Müller erhält Preis für besten VortragKSETA phd student Denise Müller receives prize for best presentation

For her presentation at the conference "11th International Workshop on Top Quark Physics 2018", Denise Müller was awarded the prize for the best young scientist presentation. More ...

Die Zukunft der Teilchenphysik "Die Zukunft der Teilchenphysik – was kommt nach dem LHC?"

Dr. Marcel Stanitzki addressed this forward-thinking topic in a public lecture.  More ...

Poster Award for KCETA/KSETA MembersPoster Award for KCETA/KSETA Members

At the meeting "Astroparticle Physics in Germany - Status and Perspectives" three present and former members of KCETA/KSETA were very successful. More ...

Top news from the HiggsHiggs Boson: Coupling to Bottom Quarks observed  

A key property of the Higgs boson has been observed at the CMS experiment at the CERN LHC: the decay into further elementary particles, the bottom quarks. More ...

Invisibles18 "Leicht, leichter, Neutrino - Elementarteilchen auf der Waage"

On September 6, 2018, Prof. Susanne Mertens gave a talk on neutrinos for the Karlsruhe public at KIT Campus South.  More ...

Invisibles18 August/September 2018: Invisibles18 – Workshop and School

The Invisibles18 Workshop took place at KIT from September 3 - 7, 2018 and we had the associated Invisibles18 School the week before at TUM  More ...

KCETA PI Dr. Frank Schröder receives an ERC Starting GrantProf. Frank Schröder receives an ERC Starting Grant

Frank Schröder receives an ERC Starting Grant for his research on the sources of high-energy cosmic rays from the Milky Way. More ...

Inauguration KATRINInauguration KATRIN

On June 11, 2018 the official Inauguration of the Karlsruhe Tritium Neutrino Experiment KATRIN took place at  KIT Campus North. More ...

Top news from the HiggsHiggs Boson Reaching the Top

A new way to produce a Higgs boson has been observed for the first time at the CMS experiment at the CERN LHC. Physicists at KIT in the group of Prof. Husemann had major contributions to this result. More ...

HEiKA Symposium am 8.6.2018HEiKA Symposium on June 8, 2018 in Heidelberg

DARK MATTER - INVISIBLE WORLDS was the topic of a HEiKA Symposium, which took place in Heidelberg on June 8, 2018. More ...

Top mark for Young Investigator Group"Extraordinary success": Top mark for Young Investigator Group

Congratulations to Dr. Kathrin Valerius and her group for being awarded by CRYS. More ...

Neutrino 2018 in HeidelbergNeutrino 2018 in Heidelberg

Several PIs of KCETA/KATRIN were involved in the Local Conference Committee of this important conference which included an excursion day to KATRIN at KIT. More ...

The Radio Guide to the GalaxyThe Radio Guide to the Galaxy

Campusradio Karlsruhe launched a series on the big questions of the universe. The guest of the first show was KCETA-PI Prof. Thomas Schwetz-Mangold. More ...

Julius Wess Award 2017Julius Wess Award 2017

The presentation of the award to Prof. Francis Halzen, University of Wisconsin-Madison, took place on April 20, 2018. More ...

Kick-off event HIRSKick-off for the new Helmholtz International Research School

The kick-off event for the new Helmholtz International Research School for Astroparticle Physics and Enabling Technologies (HIRSAP) took place on April 17, 2018. More ...

Veranstaltung in der Reihe Junge Talente – Wissenschaft und Musik Event in the series "Junge Talente – Wissenschaft und Musik"

KSETA PhD student Andreas Pargner talked about "The Dark Side of our Universe". More ...

"Physics World Top Ten Breakthrough of 2017""Physics World Top Ten Breakthrough of 2017"

Congratulations to the Pierre Auger Collaboration for winning award of physicsworld.com. Mehr ...

Invisibles18 "Nacht der Wissenschaft" at KIT

The "Nacht der Wissenschaft" from 24 to 25 November 2017 again with three KCETA scientists. More ...

Dr. Ralph Engel elected as new Spokesperson of the Pierre Auger ObservatoryDr. Ralph Engel elected as new Spokesperson of the Pierre Auger Observatory

Big news from the November collaboration meeting of the Pierre Auger collaboration in Argentina. More ...

Young Scientist Award for Dr. Teppei KitaharaYoung Scientist Award for Dr. Teppei Kitahara

Dr. Teppei Kitahara, postdoc at KIT's Institute for Nuclear Physics, has received the `Young Scientist Award 2018' of Physical Society of Japan in the category `Theoretical Particle Physics'. More ...

KCDC release NABOO 2.0 News from KCDC (KASCADE Cosmic Ray Data Centre)

The updated version of KCDC release NABOO 2.0 is available. More ...

Second SJTU-KIT Collaborative Research Workshop at KIT Dark Matter Day

Lectures by Prof. Thomas Schwetz-Mangold and Prof. Guido Drexlin for the public during the "Dark Matter Day" which was celebrated worldwide. More ...

Scientists of the Pierre Auger Collaboration find compelling evidence for the extragalactic creation of high-energetic cosmic raysMessengers from galaxies far away

Scientists of the Pierre Auger Collaboration find compelling evidence for the extragalactic creation of high-energetic cosmic rays More ...

"Physics World Top Ten Breakthrough of 2017"Poster-Prize for KSETA-Fello

Congratulations to Nils Faltermann for the award of his poster at the International Workshop on Top Quark Physics (TOP2017). More ...

deutsch-russische Forschergruppe erhält dreijährige FörderungGerman-Russian research group receives three-year funding

The Helmholtz Association and the Russian Science Foundation (RSF) support the "Karlsruhe-Russian Astroparticle Data Life Cycle Initiative". More ...

Second SJTU-KIT Collaborative Research Workshop at KITSecond SJTU-KIT Collaborative Research Workshop at KIT

Workshop "Particles and the Universe" intended to enhance contacts between KCETA and Chinese scientists More ...

New Feature articles on KATRINNew feature articles on KATRIN

New feature articles on KATRIN in Science and in PHYSICS TODAY. More ...

„Current trends in particle and astroparticle physics“ Five Years KSETA: „Current trends in particle and astroparticle physics“

Scientific symposium celebrating five years of the Karlsruhe School of Elementary Particle and Astroparticle Physics: Science and Technology (KSETA) More ...

news_2017-07_Ewa-Holt_Poster-Preis ICRC Poster Award 2017 goes to KCETA scientist Ewa Holt

On this year's ICRC conference in Busan, Korea, not only Frank Schröder was given an award, but also KCETA young scientist Ewa Holt. More ...

SENSE – Ultimate Low Light-Level Sensor Development SENSE – Ultimate Low Light-Level Sensor Development

With the participation of KCETA scientists the European project SENSE aims to coordinate research and development efforts in academia and industry in low light-level sensoring. More ...

Inauguration of FLUTE Inauguration of FLUTE

The inauguration of the FLUTE facility was held on July 13, 2017 at Institute for Beam Physics and Technology (IBPT), Campus North. More ...

Julius Wess-Preis 2016 IUPAP Young Scientist Award 2017 for KCETA scientist Frank Schröder

The young KCETA scientist in the field of experimental astroparticle physics was awarded for his outstanding contributions to cosmic rays physics. More ...

Julius Wess-Preis 2016 High Energy Particle Physics Award for Robert Klanner

2016 KCETA Wess Awardee Klanner wins another prestigious prize for his outstanding contribution to High Energy Physics. More ...

Julius Wess-Preis 2016 Info panel on the KASCADE experiment

Just in time for the open day 2017 a new info panel on the KASCADE / KASCADE-Grande experiment at Campus Nord was installed. More ...

Ein neues Herz für das CMS-Experiment"Effektvoll am KIT": Open Day 2017

On 24 June 2017, the extremely successful Open Day at Campus Nord took place with the active participation of KCETA. More ...

Ein neues Herz für das CMS-Experiment A new core for the CMS experiment

A new silicon pixel detector was installed in the CMS experiment during the winter break. KCETA employees have made important contributions in many areas. More ...

Netzwerk für Neutrinoforschung und Sensoren New Network for Neutrino research and sensors

Particle physicists from KIT, the University of Heidelberg and national and international partners are intensifying their cooperation in order to learn more about the building blocks of the universe. More ...

Julius Wess-Preis 2016 Julius Wess Award 2016

The presentation of the award to Prof. Dr. Robert Klanner, Universität Hamburg and DESY, took place on March 3rd, 2017. More ...

KCDC release NABOO 1.0 News from KCDC (KASCADE Cosmic Ray Data Centre)

New KCDC release NABOO 1.0. More ...

19. Januar 2017 – Gustavo Romero ausgezeichnet als Helmholtz International Fellow Gustavo Romero awarded as a Helmholtz International Fellow

KSETA lecturer Gustavo Romero, who is also working on the double doctoral programme DDAp, was successful at the Helmholtz International Fellow Award. More ...

Lise Meitner und ihre Töchter – Physikerinnen stellen sich vor "Lise Meitner und 'ihre Töchter' – Physikerinnen stellen sich vor"

In a poster exhibition, Lise Meitner, one of the most important female physicists of her time, is honoured and other female physicists are portrayed. More ...

Cosmic-Ray Showers Reveal Muon Mystery Five years of AMS on the International Space Station

The precision of the AMS data has provided many important new insights and thus heralded a new era in this field of physics. More ...

Vortrag Prof. Dr. Manfred Popp "Weil nicht sein darf, was nicht sein kann ...

Korrekturen zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte über 'Hitlers Atombombe' " – Lecture by Prof. Dr. Manfred Popp. More ...

Cosmic-Ray Showers Reveal Muon Mystery Cosmic-Ray Showers Reveal Muon Mystery

The Pierre Auger Observatory detects more muons from cosmic-ray showers than predicted by the most up-to-date particle-physics models. More ...

First Light bei KATRIN Neutrino scale KATRIN celebrates "First Light"!

Large-scale experiment KATRIN reaches the next milestone: For the first time electrons fly through the entire plant to the detector. More ...

Symposium Precision versus Energy, Present and Future Colliders "Precision versus Energy, Present and Future Colliders"

Symposium at TTP More ...

4000 Tonnen KASCADE-Eisenplatten ziehen um zu FAIR 4000 tons of KASCADE iron plates move to FAIR

The 900 iron plates will in future serve as "brake blocks" for the FAIR experiment in Darmstadt More ...

Jim Cronin James W. Cronin – Pioneering Physicist and Nobel Laureate, 1931-2016

James W. Cronin passed away on August 25, 2016 at the age of 84 years in Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA.. More ...

ISAPP-Workshop in Milano "Cosmic Revelation": Cosmic Rays as Lightbased Artwork

September 17 - October 9, 2016: Tim Otto Roth at Lichtkunstfestival "Aufstiege" in Stuttgart. More ...

LHC-Betrieb 2016 aufgenommen Awakening from hibernation: the particle accelerator at CERN

CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is back: the world's largest particle accelerator enters its second measuring phase at highest energies. More ...

ISAPP-Workshop in Milano ISAPP-Workshop in Milano

September 12 - 20, 2016: "Physics and Astrophysics of Cosmic Rays in Space" More ...

Julius Wess Award 2015 Presentation of the Julius Wess Award 2015 on July 8, 2016

Lisa Randall, professor at Harvard University, was chosen to receive the Julius Wess Award 2015. More ...

Kathrin Valerius bei der öffentlichen Vortragsreihe der Universität Stuttgart Physik die Wissen schafft "Den Geisterteilchen auf der Spur - Neutrinos auf der Waagschale von KATRIN"

Kathrin Valerius on May 2, 2016 at the public lecture series of the University of Stuttgart "Physik die Wissen schafft" More ...

Workshop on Determination of the absolute (anti-)neutrino mass Workshop on Determination of the absolute (anti-)neutrino mass

April 4 to 8, 2016 at European Centre for Theoretical Studies in Nuclear Physics and Related Areas (ECT*) in Trento, Italy More ...

Thomas Huber (IKP) beim FameLab-Wettbewerb am 16.3. im Karlsruher Tollhaus Thomas Huber (IKP) qualifies for the final of FameLab Germany

2nd Prize plus Audience Prize for Thomas Huber at the FameLab Germany Preselection More ...

Shanghai Jiao Tong University Delegation at KIT Shanghai Jiao Tong University Delegation at KIT

After the successful workshop of KCETA at SJTU in November 2015 we were particularly delighted that the president of SJTU made a return visit to KIT on March 8. More ...

Helmholtz-Doktorandenpreis an Benjamin Schmidt KCETA-Simulation analyzes Cosmic Rays

Radio telescope LOFAR measures cosmic rays more precise than ever – KCETA simulation code CoREAS is crucial for the determination of particle characteristics. More ...

Helmholtz-Doktorandenpreis an Benjamin SchmidtHelmholtz Doktorandenpreis goes to Benjamin Schmidt

Benjamin Schmidt, former PhD student at KSETA, was granted the Doktorandenpreis of the Helmholtz Association for his outstanding scientific achievement. More ...

KCETA Workshop „Particles and the Universe“, 4. - 6. November 2015, Suzhou, China Four years AMS-02 on the International Space Station

Joint Colloquium of KIT and the University of Heidelberg on February 5, 2016 More ...

KCETA Workshop „Particles and the Universe“, 4. - 6. November 2015, Suzhou, China "Nacht der Wissenschaft" at January 29, 2016

Theoretical astroparticle physicist Prof. Dr. Thomas Schwetz-Mangold reported on neutrino oscillations, Schrödinger's cat and the origin of matter. More ...

KCETA Workshop „Particles and the Universe“, 4. - 6. November 2015, Suzhou, China"Particles and the Universe" – Collaborative Workshop in Shanghai, China

On November 4–6, 2015 the first collaborative research workshop of KCETA and the Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics (INPAC) at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) took place. More ...

AugerPrime SymposiumAugerPrime Symposium

Celebrating 15 years of achievements and signature ceremony of a new International Agreement for the next 10 years at Pierre Auger Observatory. More ...

Wechsel an der spitze von KCETAChanges at the top of KCETA

At its meeting on 13 October 2015, the KCETA steering committee elected a new scientific spokesperson and deputy spokesperson. More ...

Nobelpreis für KajitaNobel Prize for KCETA Julius Wess Laureate Takaaki Kajita

"The Nobel Prize in Physics 2015 was awarded jointly to Takaaki Kajita and Arthur B. McDonald for the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass". More ...

Guido Altarelli (1941 - 2015)Guido Altarelli (1941 - 2015)

The world of particle physics is deeply saddened by the sudden death of Guido Altarelli September 30 2015th. More ...

Tritiumquelle für KATRIN angekommenTritium source for KATRIN arrived

The arrival of the last component for the KATRIN experiments at Campus Nord was captured on video. More ...

Fördergelder des BMBF für TeilchenphysikerBMBF funding for particle physicists from KCETA

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research supports the work of the physicists of KCETA at the European Research Centre CERN. More ...

Neues Buch zu den Ergebnissen des LHC in der ersten Run-Periode
New book on the results of the LHC in the first run period

The results of the first data collection period of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN have recently been summarised in a book that was produced with the strong participation of scientists from KCETA. More ...

EFFEKTEKCETA at the science festival EFFEKTE

The open day, exhibitions, "Science live", KATRIN guided tours, exciting lectures and much more brought elementary and astroparticle physics closer to the Karlsruhe public. More ...

Art@CMS – Vernissage am KITArt@CMS – Vernissage and Exhibition at KCETA

The exhibition "Art of Science - Beauty in Creation" by the artist and CERN physicist Michael Hoch and other artists was successfully completed. More ...

Art@CMS – Vernissage am KITIris Gebauer on the AMS-02 detector on board the ISS

In the podcast of Welt der Physik, Iris Gebauer talks about the experiment in space with which scientists have been investigating the properties of cosmic radiation for several years. More ...

Guido DrexlinThe KATRIN experiment and Guido Drexlin - much noticed in the media

Bild der Wissenschaft, Karlsruhe's 300th City Birthday, N24 and Die Welt deal with neutrino research. More ...

Bereit für die zweite Laufzeit – die Detektoren am LHCReady for the second run - the detectors at the LHC

The LHC stood still for more than two years. In "Welt der Physik" KSETA-PI Frank Hartmann wrote about the preparations for the upcoming run. More ...

 "PARTICLE FEVER – Die Jagd nach dem Higgs"

The German film and media evaluation has awarded the documentary "PARTICLE FEVER - Die Jagd nach dem Higgs" the PREDICATE "BESONDERS wertvoll". More ...

 Outstanding Referees Program

Congratulations to Margarete Muehlleitner (KIT) and all laureates for having been awarded Outstanding Referees of the APS Journals! More ...

Die feinste Waage der WeltHELMHOLTZ extrem: The world's finest scale
 

In the HELMHOLTZ extrem section, the Helmholtz Association presents extraordinary and fascinating research projects, locations and scientific phenomena. This time: The finest scale in the world. More ...

KIT im Rathaus Record attendance at "KIT im Rathaus: News from the World of the Smallest Particles"

Current results of astroparticle and elementary particle physics were presented in various lectures and an interesting exhibition of KCETA/KSETA on January 20, 2015 in the Karlsruhe City Hall. More ...

KooperationsverbotThe ban on cooperation between the federal and state governments for science has been abolished

Using the example of the KATRIN experiment, the TAZ explains the current constitutional change in the field of education. More ...

Arkady VainshteinJulius Wess Award 2014

The Julius Wess Prize 2014 went to the theoretical particle physicist Prof. Dr. Arkady Vainshtein. The award ceremony took place on December 5, 2014 at KIT. More ...

Kascade

What are air showers and what do they reveal about our cosmos? The Internet platform KASCADE Cosmic Ray Data Centre (KCDC) offers answers. More ...