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Hamburg and Israel expand research co-operation

Research into new ULTRASAT satellite planned - one of several projects

Closer co-operation on research projects in particle physics have been agreed during a trip by a delegation to Tel Aviv (September 3-6, 2019). Efforts will focus on e.g. the search for dark matter and the study of gravitational processes.

Global collaboration boosts partial physics

Particle physics has a long tradition at Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron in Hamburg where important scientific milestones such as the discovery of the elementary particle gluon have been made. The Israeli structural biologist, Ada Yonath, also did pioneering work there on the structure of the ribosome, for which she received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2009. Particle physics thrives on international co-operation,” said Katharina Fegebank, Senator for Science, Research and Equality. Joint projects with Israeli institutions such as the Weizmann Institute of Science, Tel Aviv University and the Technion Institute of Technology will expand this co-operation.

Plans for new research satellite

Plans are also being laid for German-Israeli collaboration on research into the Ultraviolet Transient Astronomy Satellite (ULTRASAT), which will observe ultraviolet radiation and revolutionize the understanding of dynamic objects in the universe, such as the collision of stars that the satellite will detect and monitor. “The know-how that DESY brings to the project is essential for the functioning of ULTRASAT, which will help us answer some of the big questions in astrophysics,” said Prof. Eli Waxman, Weizmann Institute of Science.

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