International Particle Physics Outreach Group
Participating Institutes

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Max-Planck-Institut für Physik and Exzellenzcluster Universe at TU München


München Max-Planck-Institut für Physik (Werner-Heisenberg-Institut)
Address Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Fakultät für Physik
Dr. Alexander Mann

Am Coulombwall 1
85748 Garching
Phone +49 89 289-14156
Fax +49 89 289-14103
e-Mail Dr. Alexander Mann

Address Max-Planck-Institut für Physik

Föhringer Ring 6
80805 München
Phone 089 323 54 - 292
Fax 089 3226 704
e-Mail Stefan Stonjek

Address Technische Universität München

Exzellenzcluster 'Universe'
Boltzmannstr. 2
85748 Garching
Phone 089 / 35831 - 7106
Fax 089 / 32994002
e-Mail Petra Riedel
Research & Teaching

The research areas at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich faculty of physics focus on astronomy and astrophysics, cosmology, molecular biophysics, statistical physics solid state physics, nanophysics, high-energy physics, mathematical physics, Laser optics and quantum optics, meteorology, medical physics, as well as didactics of physics.
In the research area of particle physics the scientists work for the experiments ATLAS at CERN in Geneva and D0 at Fermilab in the USA. Research fields are detector construction as well as analysis of the data from high energetic particle collisions. Another central point is GRID-computing. To cope with the enormous data rate, a worldwide network of computing- and storage-capacities has been set up. LMU and LRZ Munich maintain a so called Tier-2 computing centre for storing and processing these data. Research areas in theoretical particle physics are fundamental symmetries and the field of strong and electroweak interactions.
The faculty of physics offers courses of study with the degrees Bachelor and Master. A wide variety of lectures and exercises guarantees an in-depth training of the students. The faculty also offers a diverse array of specialisations.

The Max-Planck-Institut für Physik (MPP) is one of 80 independent research institutes of the Max Planck Society. MPP is working in fundamental research in the field of elementary particle physics and astroparticle physics to answer essential questions about the fundamental elements of matter, their interactions and the role they play in astrophysics.

MPP is involved in particle physics experiments at DESY and CERN. The participation in the construction of the ATLAS detector at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is a key task at MPP. The research field of astroparticle physics includes experiments like the MAGIC telescope (La Palma/Spain) for research in high energetic cosmic gammy rays and the search for dark matter with the CRESST experiment (Gran Sasso/Italy).

The department of Theoretical Physics is involved in research on fundamental questions in elementary particle physics, where both a phenomenological and a more formal approach is followed. In addition theoretical physics at MPP covers questions in the transition region of astrophysics and cosmology.

Excellence Cluster "Origin and Structure of the Universe"

How did the Universe form? What are the fundamental forces and structures? Why are there galaxies, stars and planets? What led to the formation of chemical elements? What does the future hold for the cosmos?
These questions demonstrate the themes scientists have to deal with when studying the Universe. To this day, scientists have not yet found a satisfactory explanation of how the cosmic building blocks of matter, space, and time as well as the basic forces have developed. Also, the question is still open as to why the (nowadays generally accepted) standard model of physics cannot explain a number of phenomena of modern particle and astrophysics, the reason why physicists have designed theoretical models such as supersymmetry (SUSY) and string theory.
The Excellence Cluster "Origin and Structure of the Universe" was established at the Technische Universität München (TUM) in October 2006 within the framework of the so called Excellence Initiative. At this unique and internationally recognized Research Center, more than 200 scientists are working to decode the great secret called the "Universe". The Cluster is located at the Research Center Garching. It unifies the physics faculties of TUM and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU). Further partners in this project are several Max-Planck-Institutes and the European Southern Observatory (ESO).

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