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.


Colloquium with Nobel laureate Professor Wolfgang Ketterle

We are happy to welcome Professor Wolfgang Ketterle at the Physics Colloquium in the lecture hall of the IMB. He will give a lecture on

New forms of matter with ultracold atoms: superfluids and supersolids

Why do physicists freeze matter to extremely low temperatures?  Why is it worthwhile to cool to temperatures which are a billion times lower than that of interstellar space?  In this talk, I will discuss new forms of matter, which only exist at extremely low temperatures.  With the help of laser beams, gases of ultracold atoms can be transformed into crystals and insulators, and recently into a supersolid which is gaseous, liquid and solid at the same time. ...

ERC Consolidator Grant for Prof. Harvey Meyer

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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. ...

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). ...