University receives 6 million euros for experimental particle physics

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The German government has allocated 6.25 million euros of funds for research on experimental particle physics over the next three years, the University of Hamburg announced on Monday (August 30, 2021). The funds will benefit research by Hamburg-based scientists at the European Particle Physics Laboratory (CERN) in Geneva. The focus is on particle collisions at the Large Hadron Collider, the most powerful particle accelerator in the world.

Research at CERN

“The funds will provide tremendous support for our particle physics research at the Large Hadron Collider,” said Professor Peter Schleper, who leads the research at the University of Hamburg in Geneva. The funds allow the university’s working group to continue its activities in the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at CERN, where collisions of heavy atoms are studied with a particle detector and unearth so far unknown particles. In 2012, the discovery of the Higgs particle, known as the “God particle”, proved to be CMS’s greatest success to date.

University of Hamburg seeks new insights into particle physics

“We want to study the Higgs particle in more detail and address pressing questions about dark matter. CMS data offer fascinating possibilities,” said Professor Johannes Haller from the Institute for Experimental Physics at the University of Hamburg. Next spring, a new data collection period will begin at the Large Hadron Collider, which could provide particularly interesting insights into the smallest building blocks of matter. Hamburg-based scientists are already developing components for the reconstruction of the Large Hadron Collider scheduled for 2025, which will further increase the performance of the particle accelerator.

The German Ministry of Education and Research funds the participation of German researchers in the CMS experiment as part of a Germany-wide research program involving the University of Hamburg, the Deutsches Elektronen- Synchrotron (DESY), the RWTH University of Aachen, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and the CASUS Institute in Görlitz.


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