We study the strong interaction at low and medium energies. Our activities focus on the theoretical interpretation of the experiments at MAMI and at other accelerator facilities. Beside analytical methods like effective field theories and dispersion theory numerical simulations of Quantum Chromodynamics on the lattice are applied.


Physics Colloquium

We are happy to welcome Professor Volker Springel
on Tuesday, 28 November 2017 at 16:15h

Supercomputer simulations of the
dark and luminuous matter in the Universe

The Universe features a rather strange composition, with unknown dark matter and dark energy components dominating today's energy density. Early numerical simulations have played a pivotal role in demonstrating that this unexpected cosmological model gives rise to a remarkably successful theory for structure formation. Nowadays, hydrodynamical simulations have become our most important theoretical tool to study non-linear multi-scale dynamics in the baryonic sector, allowing us to follow how hydrogen and helium gases condense out in galaxies, form stars, and populate the predicted dark matter structures. However, we still struggle to understand the regulation of star formation, which appears rather inefficient on a global scale, defying simple theoretical expectations. In this talk, I will review some of the current results of galaxy formation simulations and discuss how they help us to identify and constrain the physics shaping galaxies and clusters of galaxies. I will also discuss results of high precision numerical predictions that help the search for dark matter and are needed in observational programs that aim to constrain the physical nature of dark energy. ...


Die Physikanten
'Weise Weihnacht'

Wer sind die Physikanten & Co.?
Die Physikanten & Co. sind eine Wissenschafts-Comedy-Gruppe aus Physikern, Comedians und Schauspielern. Mit ihren ebenso lehrreichen wie komischen Wissenschaftsshows begeistern sie seit zwölf Jahren auf Festivals, in Schulen, Museen oder Veranstaltungen in ganz Europa und Japan. Für Wissenschaftssendungen im Fernsehen konzipiert und baut die elfköpfige Gruppe um Gründer Marcus Weber spektakuläre Experimente.
Wir bitten um Anmeldung von Schulklassen und Gruppen bis 12.12.2017

Anfahrt Staudinger Hörsaal

14.02.2018 - 23.03.2018
Master Academy

Image linkJust finishing your B.Sc.? Thinking about graduate studies? How about taking a 5-week programme (without tuition fees) that provides intensive training in fundamental physics with lectures and mentoring by leading scientists, the opportunity to network with international researchers, and an individual lab course to work on your own project, as well as an optional language course and cultural programme? Travel and accommodation grants are available. Apply by 15th December 2017. ...

29.10.2017 - 04.11.2017
12th European Research Conference on Electromagnetic Interactions with Nucleons and Nuclei

This conference series covers experimental and theoretical topics in the areas of nuclear and hadronic physics. It also serves as a forum for contacts and discussions of current and future developments in our field. The conference has unofficially been a counterpart of the US Gordon conference on photonuclear physics and held in alternate years with traditionally a strong US participation. No proceedings will be produced, in the tradition of Gordon and Euroconferences, in order to encourage the frank exchange of even tentative information.

The pre-conference from 29-30 October is organized by young physicists and focuses on skill and career development as well as research. Further, a series of pedagogical lectures will take place on the day before the conference  ...

JGU to submit full proposal for its PRISMA + Cluster of Excellence

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Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) started successfully in the Excellence Strategy competition of the German federal and state governments. JGU will enter the final round with a full proposal for the PRISMA+ Cluster of Excellence. The international expert committee of 39 researchers and scientists named by the German Joint Science Conference (Gemeinsame Wissenschaftskonferenz, GWK) has called on Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz to submit a follow-up proposal for its "Precision Physics, Fundamental Interactions, and Structure of Matter" (PRISMA) Cluster of Excellence, which had been successful already in the previous Excellence Initiative competition. ...

19.09.2017 - 21.09.2017
GRK "Symmetry Breaking" Annual Retreat 2017

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The annual retreat offers the opportunity for all members to better get to know each other and to discuss physics in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. Students can present their research projects in short presentations followed by discussions. In addition, distinguished scientists from leading institutions will give lecture courses in the fields of Higgs physics, axions, and gravitational waves. ...

29.08.2017 - 01.09.2017
SFB School 2017

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The SFB 1044 "The Low-Energy Frontier of the Standard Model" held its annual Summer School at the Hotel Ebertor in Boppard from 29 August to 01 September 2017. Invited lecturer Adam Szczepaniak (Indiana U) spoke about Partial Wave Analysis and all that. Dr. Sören Lange from Gießen talked about experimental aspects. The program also included contributions from members of the SFB (graduate students, postdocs). ...