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20 December 2021

ALPS magnets cooled down to minus 269 degrees

The superconducting magnets used in the ALPS II experiment have cooled down to their operating temperature of minus 269 degrees Celsius. With this, ALPS II has completed an important step in its commissioning. After an interruption of more than 14 years, helium is once again flowing through the HERA tunnel that houses the experiment. ALPS II spokesperson Axel Lindner is impressed by his team: “ALPS is a perfect ...

07 December 2021

Beate Heinemann to become new Director in charge of Particle Physics at DESY

Beate Heinemann, Senior Scientist at DESY and Professor of Physics at University of Freiburg, will take over the High Energy Physics division at DESY as Director on 1 February. This was unanimously decided by DESY's supervisory body, the Foundation Council, at its meeting on 7 December. Heinemann is the first female Director in DESY’s history.

"Beate Heinemann is a true asset to the research centre," ...

01 December 2021

New Emmy-Noether Group at DESY Theory

Theoretical physicist Till Bargheer receives 1.5 million Euros through an Emmy-Noether grant from the German Research Foundation (DFG) to perform his research program within the DESY Theory Group. The Emmy-Noether Program admits excellent young researchers to achieve independent scientific leadership. The grant allows Till Bargheer to lead his own research group involving three PhD students and two postdoctoral ...

19 November 2021

Brandenburg funds centre for quantum computing with 12.8 million euros

The Federal State of Brandenburg is supporting research into and the development of applications for novel quantum computers at DESY in Zeuthen. A new Centre for Quantum Technology Applications (CQTA) is to be created at the site, with the help of 12.8 million euros in funding to be paid over a period of five years from the Future Investment Fund of the State of Brandenburg. The centre will give researchers from ...

11 November 2021

DESY distinction for Albrecht Wagner and Jochen Schneider

A great distinction for two outstanding personalities: At this year´s DESY Science Day, Albrecht Wagner and Jochen Schneider were honoured with DESY´s Golden Pin of Honour. Wagner was Chairman of the DESY Board of Directors from 1999 to 2009, Schneider was DESY Director for Research with Photons from 2000 to 2007. “The Golden Pin of Honour is a special award that we handle very carefully,” said Helmut Dosch, ...

10 November 2021

First-class DESY trainees

DESY people have known for a long time that DESY provides excellent training company, and we often get official recognition of this quality. Two DESY apprentices – Raphaela Renner and Lena Anton in the fields of electronics for devices and systems and industrial mechanics – were honoured by the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce as best trainees in their fielsds. DESY was also once again honoured for outstanding ...

22 October 2021

Jens Osterhoff to receive the Bjørn H. Wiik Prize 2021

Thinking big to achieve small solutions. DESY physicist Jens Osterhoff is to receive this year’s Bjørn H. Wiik Prize in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of plasma acceleration. Under his leadership, a strong team at DESY is carrying out research into a new generation of accelerators that are much more compact and inexpensive, yet nevertheless extremely powerful.

“Two things ...

01 October 2021

Freya Blekman joins DESY particle physics division

On 1st October, particle physicist Freya Blekman will start her new position as Leading Scientist at DESY. She is an internationally renowned scientist in the field of experimental particle physics and will join the CMS group at DESY. Born in the Netherlands, she comes from the Free University of Brussels and follows a joint appointment with the University of Hamburg within the Helmholtz Distinguished Professorship ...

27 September 2021

„Wissen vom Fass“: Der Jahrgang 2021 geht rein digital an den Start

Wie gefährlich sind Schwarze Löcher? Und wie hilft Mücken-Post gegen Virus-Ausbrüche? Bei „Wissen vom Fass“ beantworten Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler der Universität Hamburg und des Forschungszentrums DESY spannende Fragen aus der Forschung. In diesem Jahr rein digital, aber genauso unterhaltsam und kurzweilig.

Anders als in den Vorjahren werden die beliebten Vorträge dieses Jahr ...

10 September 2021

They’re here! Beamline for Schools winning teams arrive at DESY

They had a pandemic and 289 competitors going against them, but nevertheless two winning teams of the Beamline for Schools international competition have arrived at DESY in Hamburg. High school students from Team EXTRA from Bari, Italy, and Team Teomiztli from Mexico City, Mexico brought their experiments and are ready to begin work at DESY’s test beam.

The Beamline for Schools competition, which is ...

03 August 2021

DESY und die TU Dresden touren mit „Urknall Unterwegs“ durch Hamburgs Bezirke

Ab Sonntag, den 5. September startet die wissenschaftliche Wanderausstellung „Urknall Unterwegs“, die in den kommenden Wochen durchs Hamburg Bezirke zieht. Die Mitmach- und Lernausstellung soll die komplexe Welt der Teilchenphysik einfach und praxisnah den Besucher:innen aller Altersgruppen näherbringen. Interessierte haben die Möglichkeit, in wenigen Schritten eine Zeitreise von der Gegenwart bis zum Urknall ...

26 August 2021

DESY signs Diversity Charter

DESY´s Chairman of the Board of Directors Helmut Dosch and Administrative Director Christian Harringa have signed the Diversity Charter. This means that DESY is now part of Germany's largest diversity network.

The Diversity Charter is an initiative to promote diversity in companies and institutions under the patronage of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

To date, around 3900 organizations ...

02 August 2021

New app for Corona risk assessment: CoVis

From theoretical physics to entrepreneurship propelled by a deadly new virus: DESY physicist Ayan Paul is launching a new app against Corona with his spin-off company. It combines public data with personal information and location, providing users with a highly individualized assessment of their current risk to contract SARS-CoV-2 with recommendations for action.

The CoVis app is available now in the US ...

29 July 2021

DESY welcomes summer students from 25 nations

Almost 80 students of physics and related natural sciences started in July their journey through top-class research and practical experience in science at DESY. The majority of the students are participating remotely using online tools due to the pandemic conditions, while seven students have been integrated into the research groups on-site in Hamburg.

The DESY summer student program has been running ...

02 July 2021

Making research data transparent and sustainably available

In its meeting on 2 July 2021, the Joint Science Conference of the Federal Government and the Länder (GWK) decided to fund the two DESY-led consortia, DAPHNE4NFDI and PUNCH4NFDI, within the framework of the German National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI). The consortia, which together with eight others were successful in the selection round, have set themselves the goal of making research data from photon and ...

23 June 2021

Beam them up: high school students turn into researchers

Two teams of high-school students from the Liceo Scientifico Statale “A. Scacchi” (Bari, Italy) and from the Esculea Nacional Preparatoria “Plantel 2” (Mexico City, Mexico) have won the highly competitive CERN Beamline for Schools competition. The prize is ...

16 June 2021

Quantenforscher Eugene Demler erhält Hamburger Preis für Theoretische Physik

Der russisch-amerikanische Forscher Eugene Demler erhält den Hamburger Preis für Theoretische Physik 2021. Demler ist seit 2001 Professor für Physik an der Harvard-Universität in den USA und wird im Herbst 2021 an die ETH Zürich wechseln. Er arbeitet an einem besseren Verständnis stark korrelierter Quantensysteme. Seine Forschung hatte eine tiefgreifende Auswirkung auf Bereiche wie Magnetismus, Supraleitung ...

15 June 2021

Seeking a faster pathway to synthetic data

In addition to experimentally generated data, fundamental research in physics also works with synthetically generated data. Acquisition of such data with currently available simulation methods is, however, time consuming and ties up immense computer capacity. A new project by DESY, the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) and the Center for Advanced Systems ...

07 June 2021

The kaon is the key

Researchers from DESY working on the Belle II experiment in Japan have published the fourth Belle II paper since the beginning of data taking. They study the decay of B mesons that are produced in collisions at Belle II into kaons and neutrinos – a rare but highly interesting decay. If nature does not behave the way theory predicts, scientists could see it in this process. So far, they have found no deviation from ...

19 May 2021

DESY und KEK put cooperation on a new basis

Traditionally, DESY and the KEK accelerator centre in Tsukuba, Japan, have enjoyed close and intensive cooperation. Since 2000, this cooperation has been based on a framework agreement, and the directorates and scientific heads of both research centres meet regularly to exchange information on existing and future projects and to develop new ideas. To meet the changing focus of research over time, the heads of DESY ...

06 May 2021

CMS pushes the precision frontier

Experiments at the Large Hadron Collider LHC at CERN explore the very basic elements of the Universe and their interactions at ever-increasing precision. At the precision frontier, new particles or forces beyond the standard model of particle physics could be discovered as small but significant discrepancies between theoretical predictions and experimental observations. With major contributions from DESY physicists, ...

05 May 2021

EU project for innovative particle detectors

A new EU project called AIDAinnova (Advancement and Innovation for Detectors at Accelerators) will develop a variety of innovative particle detector technologies for experiments at future colliders. The virtual AIDAinnova Kick-off Meeting brought together over 300 representatives from international institutions and ...

07 January 2021

Flattening the wave

The technology of plasma-based acceleration promises to deliver a new generation of powerful and compact particle accelerators. An international team of researchers has now made a major leap forward: at the FLASHForward beam line at DESY’s FLASH facility, the team created precisely tailored particle bunches to drive a plasma accelerator. For the first time, the researchers were able to preserve a sharp energy ...

11 December 2020

Register now for Beamline for Schools 2021

After seven successful editions, the "Beamline for Schools" physics competition will be back in 2021. Registration is now open, meaning teams can now register with a team name, country and coach to receive updates by email.The deadline for submitting the research proposals is 15 April. "Beamline for Schools" offers students a unique opportunity to conduct a physics experiment at a real research laboratory. The ...

10 December 2020

Theory to help experiment make the most of precision measurements

Frank Tackmann, researcher in DESY’s theory group, has won one of the prestigious “ERC Consolidator Grants” handed out by the European Research Council (ERC) every year. Tackmann will set up a team of theorists to make precise predictions of a certain kind of collision at the Large Hadron Collider LHC at CERN in Geneva. These will be particularly useful for the coming LHC upgrade that will generate a much ...

20 November 2020

Research team at Universität Hamburg works on new COVID-19 rapid test

The COVID pandemic is far from over and the need for fast, efficient testing is high. More than 26 million laboratory tests for SARS-CoV-2 have been carried out in Germany so far and a large number will be added in the coming weeks. The two currently available test methods either require extensive laboratory processing, which takes time (PCR method = real-time reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction), or are ...

18 November 2020

EU innovation funds for five DESY projects

Research projects under DESY coordination or with DESY involvement will receive more than 48 million Euros over the next four years from the European Commission. These European projects range from driving innovation in synchrotrons and free-electron lasers to nanotechnologies showcasing DESY’s varied fields of expertise and its drive for innovation and close ties to industry. The projects succeeded under the ...