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Max­Planck­Research Magazine

Issue 2017

MaxPlanckResearch 2/2017

Operation Darkness
When, on a clear night, you gaze at twinkling stars, glimmering planets or the cloudy band of the Milky Way, you are actually seeing only half the story – or, to be more precise, a tiny fraction of it. With the telescopes available to us, using all of the possible ranges of the electromagnetic spectrum, we can observe only a mere one percent of the universe. The rest remains hidden, spread between dark energy and dark matter.
Issue 2016

MaxPlanckResearch 1/2016

The Search for the Gentle Tremble
Gravitational waves are some of the most spectacular predictions of the 1915 general theory of relativity. However, it wasn’t until half a century later that physicist Joseph Weber attempted to track them down. In the early 1970s, Max Planck scientists also began working in this research field, and developed second-generation detectors. The groundwork laid by these pioneers meant the waves in space-time ceased to be just figments of the imagination: in September 2015 they were finally detected.
Issue 2015

MaxPlanckResearch - 3/2015

When Computers Learned To Compute
Science without computers? Unthinkable, nowadays! Yet over half a century ago, that was commonplace. Then, in the early 1950s, mathematician and physicist Heinz Billing entered the scene - and introduced the Max Planck Society to electronic computing. It all started with the "Göttingen 1."
Issue 2014


The Particle Hunter
Some enthusiastically call it the “discovery of the century” when they speak of the discovery of the Higgs boson at Europe’s CERN laboratory in the summer of 2012. As a group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Physics in Munich, Sandra Kortner is closely tied to this research – all the while managing her role as the mother of two small children.
Issue 2013

MaxPlanckResearch 1/2013

Hunting Down the Invisible
If cosmologists are correct, there is a form of matter in the universe that is six times more
abundant than the matter we know. It is invisible, which is why it’s called dark matter.
Postulated for the first time 80 years ago, it has yet to be detected directly. Researchers at
the Max Planck Institute for Physics in Munich and the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear
Physics in Heidelberg want to solve this cosmic mystery in the next few years.
Issue 2008

MPR 4 /2008

Tinkering in Uncharted Technological Territory
Many of the instruments and devices physicists need for their research must first be designed – and their manufacture often requires fiddly precision work.
Issue 2007

MPR 2 /2007

240 Elephants in a Tunnel
The Large Hadron Collider at CERN near Geneva will be put into operation in late 2007. Nuclear physicists aim to use this facility to reconstruct the Big Bang and penetrate the world of the most minuscule of particles.
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