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Dr. rer. nat. habil. Boris Grube

Phone
+49 89 289-12588
Room
PH: 3574
E-Mail
bgrube@tum.de
Links
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Groups
Hadronic Structure and Fundamental Symmetries
TUM Department of Physics
Job Title
PD at the Physics Department

Courses and Dates

Offered Bachelor’s or Master’s Theses Topics

Search for New Particles at the COMPASS Experiment at CERN

In nature, quarks and gluons cannot exist as free particles. They are always confined into hadrons. Unfortunately, the equations of the strong interaction that governs the behavior of quarks and gluons cannot be directly solved at energy scales where hadrons form. Hence theoretical predictions of hadron properties such as their masses and decay modes are very difficult. This is in particular true for hadrons that are made of the three lightest quarks: „up“, „down“, and „strange“. Also on the experimental side much confusion exists on what concerns masses, decay widths, and the assignment of quantum numbers of some observed hadrons, let alone the interpretation of their internal structure.

Our group participates in the COMPASS experiment at CERN, where we study the production of mesons (hadrons with integer spin) in the scattering of a 190 GeV pion beam off a stationary proton target. The produced highly excited mesons have extremely short life times of the order of 10^-24 seconds and can hence be measured only via their decay products. Our group employs and develops mathematically involved statistical analysis tools in order to identify the produced mesons with high sensitivity and to measure their properties with high precision. We have recently found a new meson with surprising properties and also did groundbreaking work on precision measurements of the properties of the pion. This science is directly connected to the understanding of the strong force at large distances and low energies and the search for new forms of matter and therefore addresses one of the last open questions of the Standard Model.

This science project, involves the use of several state-of-the-art technologies:

  • Building of analysis models in close collaboration with theorists
  • Handling of very large data sets (several Petabytes)
  • Elaborate data fitting with more than 1000 parameters
  • Use of large computing clusters (200 cores at E18 + 2000 cores at LRZ/Excellence cluster)
  • Software development to exploit new CPU/GPU technologies


In addition, we operate and maintain a large-scale scientific apparatus, which involves tasks like:

  • Calibration of particle detectors
  • Adaptation of large simulation codes


We offer thesis topics at various levels of difficulty, which cover a wide range of subjects in strong-interaction physics, statistics, and/or computer science. They include for example

  • Data handling and event selection
  • Simulation of high-energy scattering processes and detector response
  • Estimation of model parameters from high-dimensional data
  • Model building and model selection
  • Parallelization of analysis software


You have the opportunity to perform your own science analysis, e.g. searching for new particles and determining their properties. The analysis work can start at different levels within the analysis chain: from the selection of a reaction process itself in order to study the feasibility of a full-fletched analysis up to the final fitting process leading to scientific publications. The topic can be chosen according to personal preference and interest. Thesis projects usually involve travels to CERN.

Experience in programming (C++, Python) is helpful, but not required.

Contact: Boris Grube , room PH1 3574, Tel. 089 289 12588

suitable as
  • Master’s Thesis Nuclear, Particle, and Astrophysics
Supervisor: Stephan Paul
Search for New Particles at the COMPASS Experiment at CERN

In nature, quarks and gluons cannot exist as free particles. They are always confined into hadrons. Unfortunately, the equations of the strong interaction that governs the behavior of quarks and gluons cannot be directly solved at energy scales where hadrons form. Hence theoretical predictions of hadron properties such as their masses and decay modes are very difficult. This is in particular true for hadrons that are made of the three lightest quarks: „up“, „down“, and „strange“. Also on the experimental side much confusion exists on what concerns masses, decay widths, and the assignment of quantum numbers of some observed hadrons, let alone the interpretation of their internal structure.

Our group participates in the COMPASS experiment at CERN, where we study the production of mesons (hadrons with integer spin) in the scattering of a 190 GeV pion beam off a stationary proton target. The produced highly excited mesons have extremely short life times of the order of 10^-24 seconds and can hence be measured only via their decay products. Our group employs and develops mathematically involved statistical analysis tools in order to identify the produced mesons with high sensitivity and to measure their properties with high precision. We have recently found a new meson with surprising properties and also did groundbreaking work on precision measurements of the properties of the pion. This science addresses one of the last open questions of the Standard Model of particle physics, which is the understanding of the strong force at large distances and low energies.

We offer thesis topics, which cover a wide range of subjects in strong-interaction physics, statistics, and/or computer science. The thesis work can start at different levels within the analysis chain: from the selection of a reaction process itself up to the final fitting process leading to scientific publications. The topic can be chosen according to personal preference and interest.

Experience in computer programming is helpful, but not required.

Contact: Boris Grube bgrube@tum.de, room PH1 3574, Tel. 089 289 12588

suitable as
  • Bachelor’s Thesis Physics
Supervisor: Stephan Paul
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