Press Releases 2012 - 2013

Christof Wetterich holds the Johannes Gutenberg Endowed Professorship in 2014
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He is regarded as one of the most creative thinkers in astrophysics: Professor Christof Wetterich investigates the origin of the universe and searches for explanations for the existence and effects of dark energy. The understanding of dark energy will help us to learn more about the origin and future of the universe. 

IceCube provides proof of neutrinos from the cosmos
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The IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the South Pole was the first to discover ultrahigh-energy neutrinos which most likely were the result of cosmic acceleration in outer space. "After more than a decade of intense searching, we can now announce that we have found neutrinos that were very probably generated in the vast expanses of outer space", reported Professor Lutz Köpke of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) and PRISMA Cluster of Excellence. 

Research Training Group 1581 "Symmetry Breaking in Fundamental Interactions" continues with second phase
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The German Research Foundation (DFG) has extended the Research Training Group on "Symmetry Breaking in Fundamental Interactions" (RTG 1581), established in 2009, to be funded until fall 2018. This secures continued structured training for doctoral students in six research groups in elementary particle and hadron physics at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) for another 4.5 years. Following the approval of the Cluster of Excellence "Precision Physics, Fundamental Interactions and Structure of Matter" (PRISMA) and the repeated success of the Graduate School of Excellence "Materials Science in Mainz" in the 2012 Excellence Initiative by the German federal and state governments, now the particle and hadron physicists of Mainz University receive great recognition for their interdisciplinary approach to and future-oriented concept for the training of young researchers. 

Nobel Prize in Physics: Recognition for the prediction of the Higgs boson
Image link Scientists at Mainz University involved in the successful search for the Higgs boson
Physicists at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) have received the announcement of the winners of the 2013 Nobel Prize for Physics with considerable delight. The awarding of the prize to François Englert and Peter Higgs pays tribute to their theoretical prediction of the Higgs boson, the existence of which was actually confirmed in 2012 at CERN in Geneva.  ... 
New superheavy elements can be uniquely identified
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International research collaboration at GSI including researchers of Mainz University uses element 115 to highlight a way for taking new superheavy elements' fingerprints   ... 

500 physicists to attend Lattice Symposium in Mainz
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Mainz Institute of Nuclear Physics will show scientists from throughout the world the research potential of HIM and PRISMA.
More than 500 participants are expected at the 31st International Symposium on Lattice Field Theory to be held in Mainz from July 29 to August 3, 2013. The Lattice 2013 symposium will provide physicists from around the world with the opportunity to obtain information and conduct discussions on the latest developments in lattice field theory.

Marc Vanderhaeghen appointed Fellow of the American Physical Society
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Theoretical nuclear and hadron physicist of Mainz University receives renowned specialist distinction for his contributions to two-photon physics and the structure of baryons 

Gutenberg Research College welcomes new fellows and bestows the 2013 Gutenberg Research Award
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In an evening ceremony held on the campus of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), the Gutenberg Research College (GRC) presented the Gutenberg Research Award 2013 to the internationally acclaimed quantum physicist Maciej Lewenstein and welcomed its new fellows. One of the new fellows is PRISMA member Junior Professor Dr. Matthias Schott.

International research team discovers new exotic particle in the BESIII Experiment at the Beijing Electron Positron Collider
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Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) is participating in the BESIII Experiment through Collaborative Research Center 1044 – "The Low-Energy Frontier of the Standard Model: From Quarks and Gluons to Hadrons and Nuclei" funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). This contribution is also part of the university’s Cluster of Excellence "Precision Physics, Fundamental Interactions and Structure of Matter" (PRISMA).

Mainz Institute for Theoretical Physics founded as part of PRISMA Cluster of Excellence
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Opening conference with international top-ranking scientists to discuss results collected by the Large Hadron Collider at CERN

PRISMA PI Gabriele Honecker is German representative of European String Theory network
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Jun.-Prof. Dr. Gabriele Honecker takes an active role in the newly established European COST Action "The String Theory Universe" which fosters networking and cooperation among its member countries and involves the large majority of European world experts in String Theory.

New MRI technology to provide even better images of the inside of the human body
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German Federal Ministry of Education and Research earmarks EUR 1.3 million to develop magnetic resonance imaging using polarized substances
Over the past 30 years, magnetic resonance imaging has evolved into one of the most important imaging procedures in medical diagnostics. With a new approach based on the use of polarized gases and dissolved substances, it will in future be possible to produce even better quality images of the inside of the human body.

Top-level research in particle and hadron physics at Mainz University is funded with EUR 35 million
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Ceremonial dedication of the PRISMA Cluster of Excellence / EUR 35 million to promote top-level research in particle and hadron physics
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) inaugurated its "Precision Physics, Fundamental Interactions and Structure of Matter" (PRISMA) Cluster of Excellence. About 250 scientists have now officially begun their work in the new research association, which was approved in the most recent phase of the German Excellence Initiative by the German federal and state governments.

New DFG-funded Emmy Noether Junior Research Group examines the role played by W bosons in the structure of matter
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Matthias Schott is to form an independent work group to precisely measure the mass of the W boson  

Physics in Mainz maintains leading position in global comparison
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Academic Ranking of World Universities places Mainz University’s Physics institutes among the top 75 in the world and among the six best in Germany  

XENON100 sets record limits for dark matter
Go to press release Scientists from the XENON collaboration announced a new result from their search for dark matter. The analysis of data taken with the XENON100 detector during 13 months of operation at the Gran Sasso Laboratory in Italy provided no evidence for the existence of Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs), the leading dark matter candidates.  ... 
Physicists in Mainz and all around the world cheer the discovery of the Higgs particle
Go to press release Success at the world's largest particle accelerator LHC / Experiments involving scientists from Mainz University show first direct evidence of the Higgs boson  ... 
Mainz physics professor volunteers at Japanese schools in tsunami region
Go to press release (in German) Science education with Prof. Takehiko Saito from JGU's Institute of Nuclear Physics (press release in German)  ... 
William Marciano supports physics research in Mainz
Image link Leading theoretical physicist and recipient of the Sakurai Prize joins the JGU Institutes of Physics and Nuclear Physics as fellow of the Gutenberg Research College (press release in German)  ... 
Two new high-performance computers make the German federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate a leader in scientific computing
Go to press release Super-fast computing capacity will support and strengthen top-flight research in Mainz and Kaiserslautern  ... 
End of the magic: Shell model for beryllium isotopes invalidated
Go to press release Atomic nuclei in laser light: Nuclear physicists investigate magic shells – Publication in Physical Review Letters  ... 
From dark matter to school experiments: Physicists meet in Mainz
Image link The German Physical Society (DPG) is approaching the spring conference of its professional associations "Hadrons and Nuclei" and "Didactics of Physics" – more than thousand participants are expected to visit the JGU campus (press release in German)  ... 
Ernst Otten appointed senior fellow at the Helmholtz Alliance for Astroparticle Physics
Go to press release (in German) Mainz experimental physicist awarded for his contributions in the field of neutrino physics (press release in German)  ... 
New Collaborative Research Center 1044: The low-energy frontier of the standard model – from quarks and gluons to hadrons and nuclei
Go to press release DFG-funded Collaborative Research Center at the Institute of Nuclear Physics at Mainz University will examine the formation and composition of subatomic particles / Cooperation with the BES-III-Experiment in Beijing  ... 
First hint of the Higgs boson particle
Go to press release Particle physicists at Mainz University are excited: 50 years after its prediction, the Higgs boson gradually takes shape  ...