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Articles concerning Faculty 08 - Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science


Professor Dmitry Budker (photo: Stefan F. Sämmer)RESEARCH COOPERATION

Not everything in the universe is symmetrical

Research into fundamental symmetries and a unique nationwide cooperation between Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) and the Helmholtz Association have brought Professor Dmitry Budker to Mainz. He will be heading up the Matter Antimatter Symmetry section at the JGU-based Helmholtz Institute Mainz, which collaborates with the GSI Helmholtz Center for Heavy Ion Research in Darmstadt.

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 Blick in den BES-III-Detektor am Institut für Hochenergiephysik (IHEP) in Peking, China (© Institute for High Energy Physics, Peking) KERNPHYSIK

NUCLEAR PHYSICS

What holds matter together?

Subatomic particles, muons, quarks, gluons, and their cousins: Physicists working with the MAMI electron accelerator at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) are also playing an important role in the BESIII Experiment in Beijing in China. They are on the trail of the basic building blocks of matter and are thus hoping to pave the way for a New Physics.

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Platine (Foto: Stefan F. Sämmer) INFORMATIK

COMPUTER SCIENCE

Research at the interface of disciplines

Thirty years ago the first Professor of Computer Science was appointed at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU). A lot has since changed in this relatively recent field. This special anniversary is a good reason to take a quick look back, despite the fact that the professors at the Institute of Computer Science prefer to talk about their current work and projects. After all, the present and future are far more interesting to them than a brief history of their discipline.

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Marianne Heiß zu Gast im neuen Irène Joliot-Curie-Programm des Exzellenzclusters PRISMA (Foto: Stefan F. Sämmer)IRÈNE JOLIOT-CURIE-PROGRAMM

IRÈNE JOLIOT-CURIE PROGRAM

We need more women at the top

She is a high-ranking executive of a large concern: Marianne Heiß visited Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) to talk about her career and what has to change so that more women are appointed to management posts. She was invited to speak as part of the new Irène Joliot-Curie Program that has been established in order to promote the careers of women working in the PRISMA Cluster of Excellence.

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Blick über das Eis am geographischen Südpol zur überirdischen Messstation des IceCube-Experiments, in der die Daten der im Eis eingebetteten Lichtsensoren ausgelesen und analysiert werden. (Foto/©: Sven Lidstrom, IceCube/NSF)ICECUBE

ICECUBE

Hunting neutrinos in the Antarctic

Over the past three years, the IceCube neutrino observatory at the South Pole has managed to detect extreme high energy neutrinos originating from the depths of the universe. Even experts doubted for a long time whether the idea would work, but reports of success came in 2013. Professor Lutz Köpke of the Institute of Physics at Mainz University and his work group are involved in the international research project.

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Forschungsflugzeug Geophysica (Foto: Stephan Borrmann)METEOROLOGIE

METEOROLOGY

Hunting down clouds in a spy jet

Two of the most important factors influencing climate events are still a mystery: The clouds and the aerosols in the Earth's upper atmosphere. Professor Dr. Stephan Borrmann is tracking them both down. A new, large-scale project is ready to start in the skies above India. The European Union is providing EUR 2.75 million in financial support.

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(Foto: Peter Pulkowski)GIRLS' DAY GIRS' DAY

Girls can do everything

190 schoolgirls came to the 10th Girls' Day at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU). Under the motto "Science is Exciting", they built computers, discovered the chemistry of colors, and solved tricky crimes. The mentors of the Ada Lovelace Project (ALP) were there to advise and guide them.

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(Foto: Stefan F. Sämmer)ELEMENTARTEILCHENPHYSIK

PARTICLE PHYSICS

Higgs boson electrifies Mainz physicists

Matthias Neubert and his team are elated since scientists at Geneva's CERN research center found the first indications of the existence of the Higgs boson. This is the last building block missing from the standard model of physics. The head of the Theoretical Elementary Particle Physics unit at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) now expects his area of research to take off.

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