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13/12/2012 - 12 Matter Particles Suffice in Nature

Based on the data produced by big detectors like CMS at CERN, Geneva, the structure of matter can be studied in detail. (Photo: KIT/Markus Breig)

How many matter particles exist in nature? Particle physicists have been dealing with this question for a long time. The 12 matter particles contained in the standard model of particle physics? Or are there further particles with too high a mass to be produced by the experiments performed so far? These questions are now answered by researchers of KIT, CERN, and Humboldt University in the current issue of the Physical Review Letters. (DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.109.241802). more...

19/09/2012 - Senior Fellow Award

Senior Fellow
Senior Fellow

The Helmholtz Alliance for Astroparticle Physics have awarded the title of Senior Fellow of the Helmholtz Alliance for Astroparticle Physics to Hans-Otto Klages (KIT). The ceremony took place during the first HAP general meeting in DESY Zeuthen on September 19th, 2012. They received a certificate, a finacial award and a button badge specially designed for the occasion to sport their colors as HAP Senior Fellow. And he gave a short talk on the subject of his choice (Selected Highlight Result from the Pierre Auger Observatory). This award enables the HAP Senior Fellows also to get reimbursements for travels and scientific projects from the HAP Backbone funds. more pictures...

Dr. Frank Schröder earns dissertation award

Frank Schröder (Photo: private)

Dissertation prize form  the professional association of Gravity and Relavity theory, physic from hadron and nuclei, Particle physics

The known professional association of DPG writes a dissertation prize. The purpose of this prize is the recognition of the importance of the scientific work and the excellent presentation of it.

Dr. Frank Schröder has been awarded with the dissertation prize from the professional associantion of the German Physical Association of Gravity and Relativity, Hadron and Nuclei and also Particle Physic, for his Thesis " Instruments and Methods for the Radio Detection of Higzh Cosmic Rays".

Frank Schröder was also the winner of the ECRS(Europian Cosmic Ray Syposium) prize for young scientists, where the diploma is signed by Sir Arnold Wolfendale and Mikhael Panasyuk. He got the award for his contributions to the development of the radio air shower detection technique of UHECR.

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Meeting of the Helmholtz Alliance for Astroparticle Physics at KIT

Astroparticle physics word cloud (credit: HAP/ A.Chantelauze)

On January 26th-27th takes place the meeting of the Helmholtz Alliance for Astroparticle Physics on the topic "Dark Universe". The sessions at FTU on Friday 27th  about LHC, SUSY and Dark Matter are open to the public. (Agenda)

Professor Kirill Melnikov wird "KIT Distinguished Research Fellow"

Kirill Melnikov, Professor of Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore (Photo: privat)

Das Land Baden-Württemberg fördert einen Forschungsaufenthalt des theoretischen Physikers Professor Kirill Melnikov am KIT. Gemeinsam mit Wissenschaftlern des KIT-Zentrums für Elementarteilchenphysik und Astroteilchenphysik arbeitet der Wissenschaftler aus Baltimore über relativistische Quantenfeldtheorie und ihre Anwendung auf Elementarteilchenreaktionen bei höchsten Energien, wie sie beispielsweise am LHC experimentell untersucht werden. Die Förderung besitzt Auszeichnungscharakter. Daher hat das KIT Prof. Melnikov den Titel „KIT Distinguished Research Fellow“ verliehen. (More in German...)

8th Air Fluorescence Workshop in Karlsruhe

(Foto: ASPERA)

This year's "Air Fluorescence Workshop" took place on 12th-14th of September 2011 in Karlsruhe. more...

Helmholtz Alliance for Astroparticle Physics is getting started

The Helmholtz Alliance for Astroparticle Physics covers the interfaces of astrophysics, particle physics, astronomy, and cosmology. (Photo: Richard Tuffs, MPIK / processed by: Milde Marketing)

The Helmholtz Alliance for Astroparticle Physics (HAP) is a research network supported by the Helmholtz Association. HAP aims to bring astroparticle physics in Germany to an unprecedented level of cooperation among the two Helmholtz Centers KIT and DESY, 15 German universities, 3 Max Planck Institutes, and 2 external research partners (map with partner groups). HAP intends to significantly advance the dynamic field of astroparticle physics, an interdisciplinary research area at the intersections of particle physics, astrophysics, astronomy, and cosmology. The reviewer panel unanimously agreed on funding the Alliance in the applied for form and to an amount of 10 million Euro over a period of 5 years. (Press release )

Erna Scheffler Award Granted to Young Female Scientist from KCETA

Light into darkness: The Erna Scheffler Sponsorship Award acknowledges excellent achievements of young female scientists. (Photo: photocase.de)

This year's Erna Scheffler award goes to the physicist Jennifer Girrbach from the Institute for Theoretical Particle Physics (read more ).

Tracking down Antimatter in the Universe

On the launch pad: Endeavour space shuttle with AMS-02 detector on board. (Photo: NASA/AMS)

On May 16th, 2011, the AMS-02 Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer will take off from the NASA launch site Cape Canaveral (Florida) to the International Space Station ISS on board the space shuttle Endeavour. AMS-02 will measure the composition of cosmic radiation with as yet unequaled precision. The focus will be on searching for antimatter which according to cosmological models occurs as a big bang relic. Besides, AMS-02 is expected to contribute to answering questions about the nature of dark matter. Scientists from Aachen and Karlsruhe are in charge of the German contribution to the experiment.
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Success of KIT Proposals within Excellence Initiative II

Excellent research and teaching: KIT is in the final round of the Excellence Initiative II with three new proposals. (Photo: Hardy Müller)

A proposal of the KIT Center Elementary Particle and Astroparticle Physics, KCETA has been selected to submit a full proposal. The KIT Graduate School “Elementary Particle and Astroparticle Physics: Science and Technology” is among the winners of the competitive selection process. The initiative now has the chance to submit a full proposal by September 1, 2011.
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