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University of Hamburg Receives Five Million Euro for Particle Physics

Germany's Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) funds projects within the research alliance at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC)

The University of Hamburg’s Institute of Experimental Physics and the Institute for Theoretical Physics receive about five million euro from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) for projects within the research alliance at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the particle accelerator of the European Organization for Nuclear Research CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. Funds will be granted to projects of the working groups by Prof. Dr. Erika Garutti, Prof. Dr. Johannes Haller, Prof. Dr. Sven Moch, Prof. Dr. Bernd Kniehl, Jun.-Prof. Dr. Christian Sander, and Prof. Dr. Peter Schleper. Funding is limited to three years.

Elementary Particles in Focus

The scientists of the working groups will be examining the tiniest structures of nature and their interactions. They will also develop advanced detectors, which will allow to detect and measure elementary particles. The physicists have already been usin the Compact Muon Solenoid detector (CMS) of CERN for several years. During the Tconstruction phase of the detector, they worked, among others,on the construction of extremely high-resolution silicon detectors and built computer farms for global data analysis.

DESY and Universities as Partners

Funding will be provided within the framework of collaborative research, withthe BMBF supporting universities in basic research at large scale facilities such as the LHC. The Hamburg project is part of the research programme “FSP102 – elementary particle physics with the CMS experiment”, in which also the RWTH Aachen, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the German Electron Synchrotron (DESY) are being involved.

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