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

Professor Andreas Burkert , Faculty of Physics, LMU Munich

Disk Galaxies: Our Fascinating Cosmic Habitats

Galaxies are the fundamental building blocks of the Universe. Gas-rich spiral disk galaxies are the cosmic islands where stars and planets form and where the chemical buildings blocks of life are generated. However, despite their importance, we are still far from a detailed understanding of their structure and the processes that drive their evolution. I will discuss some of the puzzles of disk galaxies that are currently a major focus of astrophysical research and will focus especially on recent observations of young galaxies in the early Universe, 3 Gyrs after the Big Bang. This was the era with the peak of the cosmic star formation rate. It was the time of rapid galaxy assembly and the epoch where galaxy morphology were established. The observations show a diversity of galactic systems with physical  properties that are unparalleled in the present Universe....

Sonia Bacca elected Fellow of the American Physical Society

Professor Sonia Bacca, Professor of Theoretical Physics at the PRISMA+ Cluster of Excellence at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), has this year been elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). This American scientific association is acknowledging her outstanding contribution to theoretical calculations of the electromagnetic properties of atomic nuclei, contributing to our understanding of nuclear structure at the microscopic level.

"To be accepted into the circle of APS Fellows is an enormous honor for me and I am of course absolutely delighted," said Bacca. "Not only does this represent an affirmation of the quality of my scientific research but it will further enhance the reputation of the Mainz research hub as a leading international center of nuclear and hadron physics." ...

PRISMA+ Cluster of Excellence inaugurated

The PRISMA+ cluster of excellence has been inaugurated with a short symposium on the new physics searches at the heart of the Cluster of Excellence. The keynote lecture "Why are the weak interactions so weak?" was given by Prof. Francis Halzen. PRISMA+ is the successor to the successful PRISMA cluster of excellence that was funded from 2012 to 2018. ...

22.10.2019 - 25.10.2019
SFB School 2019

Image linkThe annual Summer School of the SFB 1044 (The Low-Energy Frontier of the Standard Model)  will take place from 22-25 October 2019 at the Hotel Ebertor in Boppard. The program will cover the current research activities of the SFB 1044. Expert lectures will be held on theoretical and experimental physics followed by contributions from graduate students and postdocs working in the SFB). ...

Outstanding Thesis Award goes to Alexandra Stillert

Alexandra Stillert received the outstanding thesis award of the Faculty 08 for her Master of Education thesis General Relativity and Black Holes (Allgemeine Relativitätstheorie und Schwarze Löcher). The thesis was supervised by Prof. Dr. Stefan Scherer and has been published in the BestMasters series at Springer.

PRISMA+ Cluster of Excellence approved

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) has scored a great success in Germany's Excellence Strategy program: The Excellence Commission, consisting of 39 members of the international Committee of Experts appointed by the Joint Science Conference (GWK) and the research ministers of the German federal and state governments, has approved the PRISMA+ Cluster of Excellence. The total funding is expected to amount to EUR 64 million over the next seven years. PRISMA+ is the follow-up application of the Cluster of Excellence "Precision Physics, Fundamental Interactions and Structure of Matter" (PRISMA), which was successful in the previous Excellence Initiative and has received funding since 2012. ...

ERC Consolidator Grant for Prof. Harvey Meyer

Theory group member Prof. Dr. Harvey B. Meyer has been awarded a Consolidator Grant by the European Research Council (ERC) for his research project "Strong-interaction matter coupled to electroweak probes and dark matter candidates". The grant, which is worth €2 million over five years, is one of the most prestigious awards in Europe. ...