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Research areas

Overview






Accelerators:


DESY is one of the five leading High Energy accelerator laboratories in the world. It has advanced the application of superconducting technology for accelerators for more than three decades, most notably for the magnets of the proton accelerator (HERA), and the accelerating cavities for FLASH, for the European XFEL and for the planned e+e- International Linear Collider (ILC).

DESY's park of accelerators and pool of experts provide the assets for progress in High Energy accelerators: highest gradients to accelerate beams of lowest possible emittance.

 

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Detectors:


Research groups at the University and at DESY have pivotal roles in major detector development projects for the proposed high luminosity upgrade of the LHC (sLHC) as well as for the ILC. The unique expertise in commissioning and operating large scale detector systems gained at HERA is being exploited at the LHC experiments, where several researchers from Hamburg hold key positions.

 

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Collider Experiments:


The deep understanding of the proton structure obtained at HERA is an invaluable asset in interpreting LHC data. With major groups being actively involved in the LHC experiments ATLAS and CMS and in the preparation of ILC experiments Hamburg is the only place in Germany with participation in all major new projects at the high-energy frontier.

 

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Particle Phenomenology:


Considerable expertise exists on Standard Model processes as well as physics beyond the Standard Model, including the implications of LHC results on a decision towards future colliders.

 

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Astro and Astroparticle Physics:


Triggered by the SFB, a collaboration between the Hamburg Observatory with newly founded groups on experimental and theoretical astroparticle physics has emerged.

 

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Particle Cosmology:


Strong expertise exists on cosmological phase transitions, baryogenesis, dark matter and the phenomenological implications for particle physics at colliders.

 

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Mathematical Physics and String Theory:


The Center for mathematical physics is a joint venture of the Physics and Mathematics Department of Hamburg University and the theory group of DESY. Based on their strong expertise in mathematical structures of quantum field theory and string theory, its members perform interdiscplinary research bridging particle physics and cosmology with pure mathematics.

 

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Glossary

DESY: “Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron”, Germany’s laboratory for accelerators, particle physics and light sources, part of the HGF

ILC: International Linear Collider, planned
next generation electron-positron collider at highest energies.


Jun.-Prof.: Assistant Professor

LHC: Large Hadron Collider, proton-proton collider at highest energies at CERN, Geneva, with the experiments ATLAS and CMS

Marie-Curie: EU funded Young Investigator Group programme

PD: “Privatdozent”, lecturer with Habilitation

UHH: University of Hamburg

YIG: Young Investigator Group, the leader is typically a researcher, sometimes with a tenure track position, leading a group of 1-2 postdocs and 2 PhD students, financed by SFB or HGF/DESY, in general with UHH financial support and affiliation for teaching

 



 
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