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October 2017 – Support of the Helmholtz International Research School on Astroparticle Physics and Enabling Technologies

Investigation of cosmic rays

The Helmholtz Association supports three international research schools, among them the International Research School on Astroparticle Physics and Enabling Technologies, applied by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) together with Universidad Nacional de San Martín (UNSAM), Buenos Aires. The spokespersons of the Research School, that is expected to start on April 1, 2018, are Dr. Ralph Engel from the German side and Dr. Alberto Etchegoyen from the Argentinian side.

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Julius Wess Award 2016

Prof. Robert Klanner
Prof. Robert Klanner

Prof. Robert Klanner, University of Hamburg and DESY, was chosen to receive the Julius Wess Award 2016.

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October 24, 2016 – PhD Award for KSETA Alumnus Wolfgang Hollik

Wolfgang Gregor Hollik has won the PhD Award 2016 of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres (Helmholtz-Doktorandenpreis) in the research area "Matter"
Wolfgang Hollik
Wolfgang Hollik

Each year nationwide only six PhD graduates receive a Helmholtz-Doktorandenpreis, one in each research area. The Helmholtz-Doktorandenpreis in the research area "Matter" went to KSETA twice in a row, after Benjamin Schmidt winning the 2015 Award.
Wolfgang Hollik had completed his PhD at the Institute for Theoretical Particle Physics in the group of Prof. Ulrich Nierste and is now a postdoc at the Helmholtz Centre DESY in Hamburg.
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July 9, 2016 – Posterprize for KSETA PhD Students

Florian Heizmann und Hendrik Seitz-Moskaliuk bei der Preisverleihung
Florian Heizmann and Hendrik Seitz-Moskaliuk at the presentation of the award
Florian Heizmann and Hendrik Seitz Moskaliuk, both PhD students at KSETA and members of the Helmholtz-University Young Investigator Group of Dr. Kathrin Valerius, got in London at the NEUTRINO 2016 conference a prize for their collaborative poster. From a total of over 400 entries only six posters were awarded.

The awards were presented by Dr. Leonie Mück, senior editor at Nature. They consist of a cash prize and an annual subscription of Nature.





January 27, 2016 – Doktorandenpreis for Benjamin Schmidt

Benjamin Schmidt
Benjamin Schmidt (picture: KIT)

Five PhD students were granted the Doktorandenpreis of the Helmholtz Association for their outstanding scientific achievement, including Benjamin Schmidt, former PhD student at KSETA - congratulations!

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March 5, 2015 - New representatives at the head of KSETA

The KSETA Board of Researchers elected new representatives at its meeting on March 5.

Prof. Ulrich Nierste is the new spokesperson of KSETA. His two deputy spokespersons are Prof. Achim Streit and Prof. Günter Quast.

The Board of Researchers thanks Prof. Johannes Blümer for his constant and dedicated commitment as spokesperson of KSETA.

New Regulations for Doctoral Fellows since January 1, 2015

Due to new legal regulations since January 1, 2015 a PhD agreement has to be signed acc. to §38, paragraph 5 Landeshochschulgesetz (LHG) immediately after receiving the confirmation of supervision.

In addition, the online registration of all doctoral researchers at KHYS is mandatory: http://www.khys.kit.edu/handbuch.php.

"We have tested the model we're using to describe the world with uncanny precision."

Prof. Margarete Mühlleitner vom Institut für Theoretische Physik (ITP)
Prof. Margarete Mühlleitner vom Institut für Theoretische Physik (ITP)

What holds the world together at its core

On November 13, 2014 KSETA-PI Prof. Margarete Mühlleitner from the Institute of Theoretical Physics (ITP) was a guest of ZDF Morgenmagazin. On the occasion of CERN's 25th birthday, she explained aspects of particle research to the general public in a short contribution.

New findings on cosmic radiation

Neue Erkenntnisse zur kosmischen Strahlung
Der Detektor AMS (Alpha-Magnet-Spektrometer) auf der Internationalen Raumstation ISS. Mit diesem Teilchendetektor erforschen Wissenschaftler Ursprung und Natur der kosmischen Strahlung. (Foto: NASA)

KIT Young Investigator Group Contributes Significantly to the AMS Experiment on the International Space Station ISS


The latest results of the measurement of high-energy particles with the detector AMS on the International Space Station ISS deepen our understanding of the origin and nature of cosmic radiation.

A junior research group of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) under the leadership of Dr. Iris Gebauer is significantly involved in the experiment: It played a leading role in measuring the total flow of electrons and positrons.

The spokesperson of the AMS project, Professor Samuel C. C. Ting, presented the results at the CERN Research Centre.

Researchers from the Institute of Experimental Particle Physics (ETP) at KIT, led by Professor Wim de Boer, were involved in the development and construction of several components of the AMS detector. In 2011, the KIT set up the Young Investigator Group (YIG) "Cosmic Ray Transport Models for Dark Matter Searches with AMS-02" under the direction of Dr. Iris Gebauer to analyze the data. The YIG has taken the lead in measuring the total flow of electrons - negatively charged elementary particles - and positrons - antiparticles of electrons with opposite charges.

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July 2014: CMS closes major chapter of Higgs measurements

The data reveal that the particle discovered at CERN continues to behave just like the Standard Model predicts
news from the Higgs-Boson
Compatibility of Higgs boson couplings to vector bosons (V) and fermions (f) with the standard model expectation (diamond).

Since the discovery of a Higgs boson by the CMS and ATLAS Collaborations in 2012, physicists at the LHC have been making intense efforts to measure this new particle’s properties. The Standard Model Higgs boson is the particle associated with an all-pervading field that is believed to impart mass to fundamental particles via the Brout-Englert-Higgs mechanism. Awaited for decades, the 2012 observation was a historical milestone for the LHC and led to the award of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics to Peter Higgs and François Englert. An open question arising from the discovery is whether the new particle is the one of the Standard Model -- or a different one, perhaps just one of many types of Higgs bosons waiting to be found. Since the particle’s discovery, physicists at the LHC have been making intense efforts to answer this question.

This week, at the 37th International Conference on High Energy Physics , a bi-annual major stage for particle physics, which in 2014 is held in Valencia, Spain, the CMS Collaboration is presenting a broad set of results from new studies of the Higgs boson. The new results are based on the full Run 1 data from pp collisions at centre-of-mass energies of 7 and 8 TeV. The analysis includes the final calibration and alignment constants and contains about 25 fb-1 of data. 

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New Internet Platform "Kascade" – Cosmic Ray Data Centre (KCDC)

KASCADE-Grande Experiment at KIT Campus North, Karlsruhe / Germany
KASCADE-Grande Experiment at KIT

What are air showers and what do they tell us about our cosmos? Answers for students and teachers as well as for scientists are provided by the new internet platform KASCADE Cosmic Ray Data Centre (KCDC). In the research project KASCADE, KIT scientists have been collecting data from space for 20 years, which now are freely available for the public.

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