EXPERIMENTAL HADRON PHYSICS
The work of our institute focuses on basic research:
One of the most essential elements of todays education and research is to gain a better understanding of the structure of matter and the fundamental principles of nature. In this process the basic research of physics plays an important role as it provides a base for technical innovations and development.
What is Hadron Physics about:
Hadron Physics deals with strong interacting particles consisting of quarks and gluons. Among those hadrons also rank the building blocks of the atomic nucleus, the proton and the neutron. There are many other hadrons that can only be created via collisions of high energetic particles in big particle accelerators. The created hadrons are detected by modern and complex detectors to examine their composition and interactions.
The Institute of Experimental Hadron Physics’ (Prof. Wiedner) work focuses on hardware design for particle detectors, data acquisition and analysis of data.
We are involved in the following experiments:
- PANDA – at the future antiproton accelerator FAIR (Darmstadt/GER)
- BES-III – at the storage ring BEPC (Beijing/VRC)
- CB-LEAR – CERN (Geneva/SUI) (Data taking finished)
and therefore we have many contacts to physicists all over the world.
Within the framework of the Collaborative Research Center/TRR 287 “Bulk-Reaction”, we are developing a positron emission tomograph (PET) for tracking particles and gases in furnaces. We are collaborating with the engineering faculties of the Ruhr University in Bochum, the Otto von Guericke University in Magdeburg and the Christian Albrechts University in Kiel. One of the aims of the overall project is to reduce the enormous amount of energy and raw materials used in large-scale industrial particle production. This also includes, for example, coffee roasting or tablet production in the pharmaceutical industry.
We are funded by:
- the land NRW
- the Government Department for Education and Research (BMBF)
- the German Research Community (DFG)
- the European Union
- the Research Center Jülich
- the GSI in Darmstadt
Of course teachings and mentoring of students cover an important part of our daily work. Our challenges in research allow for mediating the most modern status of physics, especially in topics we are focused on.