News from the Physics Department
Neutronen zeigen Verteilung von Flussschlauch-Inseln
2015-11-26 – Eine modernen Methode der Bildgebung mit Neutronen erlaubt es erstmals, die komplexe Anordnung von sogenannten Flussschläuchen im Inneren von Supraleitern zu beobachten. Wissenschalfter des Physik-Departments gelang dies in einer Kooperation mit dem FRM II und dem Paul-Scherrer-Institut.
Max Born prize awarded to Christian Pfleiderer
2015-11-20 – The Institute of Physics (IOP) and the German Physical Society (DPG) have jointly awarded the Max Born Prize to Christian Pfleiderer of TUM’s Physik-Department.
New X-ray method uses scattering to visualize nanostructures
2015-11-19 – Both in materials science and in biomedical research it is important to be able to view minute nanostructures, for example in carbon-fiber materials and bones. A team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM), the University of Lund, the Charité hospital in Berlin and the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) have now developed a new computed tomography method based on the scattering, rather than on the absorption, of X-rays. The technique makes it possible for the first time to visualize nanostructures in objects measuring just a few millimeters, allowing the researchers to view the precise three-dimensional structure of collagen fibers in a piece of human tooth.
Professor J. Leo van Hemmen im Ruhestand
2015-11-16 – Am 30. September 2015 trat Prof. Leo van Hemmen, Ordinarius für Theoretische Biophysik der TUM, in den Ruhestand.
Physics student obtains DAAD award for outstanding academic performance
2015-11-16 – This year’s DAAD award for international students at TUM is awarded to Elizabeth Mondragón, who is carrying out her Master studies at our Physics Department
Hans Fischer Prize for Willi Auwärter
2015-11-09 – Professor Willi Auwärter has been awarded the Hans Fischer memorial prize for is excellent research on “nano chemistry of porphyrins at surfaces”. Willi Auwärter and his research group at the Physik-Department of Technische Universität München study properties of biological molecules and such inspired by biological function.
New state-of-the-art compact X-ray source
2015-10-29 – For some years now it has been possible to generate high-brilliance X-rays using ring-shaped particle accelerators (synchrotron sources). However, such installations are several hundred meters in diameter and cost billions of euros. The world’s first mini synchrotron was inaugurated today at Technical University of Munich (TUM). It can generate high-brilliance X-rays on a footprint measuring just 5 x 3 meters. The new unit will be used chiefly to research biomedical questions relating to cancer, osteoporosis, pulmonary diseases and arteriosclerosis.
Faster design – better catalysts
2015-10-12 – While the cleaning of car exhausts is among the best known applications of catalytic processes, it is only the tip of the iceberg. Practically the entire chemical industry relies on catalytic reactions. Catalyst design plays a key role in improving these processes. An international team of scientists has now developed a concept that elegantly correlates geometric and adsorption properties. They validated their approach by designing a new platinum-based catalyst for fuel cell applications.
100 issues of Nuclear Physics News - edited at TUM
2015-09-15 – Nuclear Physics News is a quarterly magazine of the international nuclear physics community. It is edited at the physics department of Technische Universität München and informs more than 6400 subscribers around the world with insightfull editorials, facility and laboratory profiles, updates on the latest research, and other information of interest to the nuclear physics community. The current issue 100 features HADES – an experiment initiated by a team of TUM’s physicists and carried out by an international collaboration.
Professor Herbert Spohn receives Henri Poincaré Prize 2015
2015-09-10 – Professor Herbert Spohn, emeritus for mathematical physics, has been awarded the Henri Poincaré Prize 2015 at the 18th International Congress of Mathematical Physics (ICMP) in Santiago de Chile – together with Alexei Borodin (MIT) and Tom Spencer (IAS).
Orbituary for Professor Lothar Köster
2015-09-10 – Shortly before his 93rd birthday Prof. Dr. Lothar Köster passed away on September 7, 2015 in Garching. The physicist was Technical Director of the first German research reactor Garching (FRM) for 29 years – from 1958 until 1987. The physics department is very grateful for his achievements and and shares the grief of his family.
IceCube bestätigt die astrophysikalische Natur der Hochenergie-Neutrinos
2015-09-09 – Das Südpol-Observatorium IceCube berichtet von der Beobachtung weiterer Neutrinos aus den Tiefen des Weltalls. Die nun in der Fachzeitschrift Physical Review Letters veröffentlichte Untersuchung bestätigt damit, dass die hoch energiereichen Neutrinos, deren Beobachtung durch IceCube vor zwei Jahren in Science publiziert wurde, ihren Ursprung tatsächlich außerhalb unseres Sonnensystems haben. Die Forschungsgruppe von Prof. Dr. Elisa Resconi vom Exzellenzcluster Universe der Technischen Universität München ist Mitglied der IceCube-Kollaboration.
Dark matter: Searching for "lightweights" with CRESST
2015-09-08 – The Earth, planets, stars, and galaxies form only the visible portion of the matter in the universe. Greater by far is the share accounted for by invisible “dark matter”. Scientists have searched for the particles of dark matter in numerous experiments – so far, in vain. With the CRESST experiment, the search radius can be considerably expanded: The CRESST detectors are being overhauled and are then able to detect particles whose mass lies below the current measurement range. As a consequence, the chance of tracking dark matter down goes up.
Precise comparison of light nuclei and antinuclei
2015-09-07 – Our existence is still a great mystery in theoretical physics. Why did anti-matter disappear almost completely from our universe, whereas matter did not? Scientists are attempting to solve this mystery at the particle accelerator of the major European research institute at CERN. The ALICE collaboration has now published the most precise measurement of the properties of light atomic nuclei and anti-nuclei ever made in the journal “Nature Physics”. Scientists from the physics department at Technical University of Munich (TUM) are working on new detectors for the ALICE experiment which will improve the precision of future measurements.
New exotic particle state puzzles theorists
2015-09-04 – Scientists from the COMPASS collaboration at CERN have observed a new exotic combination of light quarks. The discovery was made in an experiment that shoots pions at close to the speed of light towards a liquid hydrogen target. Now, the ball is in the theoretical scientists’ court to find an explanation for the new particle status. Some explanations have been proposed, but it has been impossible so far to correctly describe all characteristics of this exotic new feature. Scientists from the Physik-Department of Technische Universität München and the Excellence Cluster Universe had a leading role in the data analysis of the new finding.
Neutrons observe the dynamics of magnetic helices
2015-09-03 – Scientists at the Physik-Department of TUM and the MLZ have confirmed a model describing excitations in magnetic helices. A modification of the MIRA instrument at FRM II allows to record these spin-wave excitations (helimagnons).