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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 ...