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Research publications

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Research publications 2017

Sharp x-ray pulses from the atomic nucleus

August 17, 2017

Using a mechanical trick, scientists have succeeded in narrowing the spectrum of the pulses emitted by x-ray lasers [more]


Measuring time in a quantum tunnel

July 26, 2017

In the quantum mechanical tunnelling effect, particles take a few attoseconds to overcome an energy barrier [more]

Research publications 2016

One trace of dark matter vanishes

September 02, 2016

A mysterious X-ray signal most likely originates from sulfur ions which capture electrons [more]


Radiation damage: The dangerous trail of slow electrons

March 30, 2016

Details about the mechanism by which electron collisions explode molecules provide a better understanding of how radioactivity damages biological cells [more]


Extreme energy source at heart of the Milky Way

March 17, 2016

H.E.S.S telescopes observe cosmic rays accelerated by giant black hole [more]

Research publications 2015

Record measurements of matter and antimatter

August 18, 2015

The most precise experiments ever to compare the mass of the proton and antiproton reveal no difference between the particles [more]


Astrochemistry: A racetrack for ultra-cold molecules

June 10, 2015

First experiment in the Cryogenic Storage Ring, which can be used to reproduce the chemical conditions in space in the laboratory [more]


New gamma ray sources in Large Magellanic Cloud

January 26, 2015

The H.E.S.S. telescope system discovers three extremely luminous gamma-ray sources in a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way [more]

Research publications 2014

Choreography of an electron pair

December 17, 2014

The motion of the two electrons in the helium atom can be imaged and controlled with attosecond-timed laser flashes [more]


Sights are set on the Vela pulsar

July 03, 2014

The first data from H.E.S.S. II show the pulsed gamma-ray signal [more]


At the heart of the antimatter mystery

June 02, 2014

An extremely accurate measurement of the proton’s magnetic moment could help to explain the surplus of matter in the Universe [more]


A brake for spinning molecules

March 13, 2014

The precise control of the rotational temperature of molecular ions opens up new possibilities for laboratory-based astrochemistry [more]


Electron on the scale

February 26, 2014

A measurement of electron mass which is more precise by a factor of 13 could have an impact on the fundamental laws of physics [more]

Research publications 2013

Snapshots differentiate molecules from their mirror image

November 28, 2013

Max Planck researchers are able to reveal the spatial structure of chiral molecules [more]


The mirror image of ghost particles

July 17, 2013

The GERDA experiment supplies no new evidence that neutrinos are their own antiparticles [more]


Telling mirror molecules apart

May 24, 2013

A novel technique reliably tells left-handed from right-handed variant of a compound [more]

Research publications 2012

Hot iron in the cosmos

December 16, 2012

A precision experiment has provided details of the X-ray emissions from highly ionised iron, advancing our understanding of black holes and supernovae [more]


Record ionisation of Xenon

November 22, 2012

An X-ray laser removes more than two complete shells from the electron cloud surrounding noble gas atoms [more]


Superheavy, and yet stable

August 23, 2012

Measurements of the shell effect in atomic nuclei contribute to finding out above which mass extremely heavy artificial elements no longer decay [more]


New eye sweeps the gamma sky

July 26, 2012

Largest ever Cherenkov telescope sees first light [more]


Hot molecule explains cold chemistry

January 30, 2012

Researchers shed light on the mystery surrounding energy-rich molecules in interstellar clouds [more]

Research publications 2011

Gamma-ray emission from Terzan 5

June 23, 2011

The discovery of a source in the direction of the globular cluster puzzles astrophysicists [more]


Flash-frozen seawater sprays from Enceladus

June 22, 2011

New measurements confirm a liquid ocean under the icy crust of Saturn's moon [more]


A conversation with Manfred Lindner, Head of Xenon100: “We hope to detect the largest proportion of the matter in space”

April 27, 2011

A conversation with Manfred Lindner on the latest results from the Xenon100 detector [more]


Neutrino detector starts measurement

January 26, 2011

New facility in France to measure fundamental properties with important consequences for particles and astroparticles physics [more]

Research publications 2010

The last cry from the black hole

November 04, 2010

Researchers produce plasmas in the laboratory, like the ones produced in the vicinity of black holes [more]


Atomic nuclei in the balance

October 20, 2010

Weighing atomic nuclei helps to answer far reaching questions in physics. As an example, how stars produce elements. However, to measure the mass of short-lived atomic nuclei scientists need to make use of sophisticated devices. [more]


Snowblower on Enceladus

March 23, 2010

Scientists discover how ice jets on the moon feed Saturn's E ring and cause some slight snowfall to boot [more]

Research publications 2009

Heart of a galaxy emits gamma rays

October 02, 2009

The H.E.S.S. telescope detects high-energy rays from the starburst region of a galactic system outside the Milky Way [more]


A galaxy as particle accelerator

July 03, 2009

Astronomers observe simultaneously the centre of the galaxy M 87 for the first time in gamma and radio frequencies of light [more]


Active galaxy in joint focus

March 19, 2009

Fermi gamma ray satellite and Namibia's HESS telescopes in Namibia explore a blazar [more]

Research publications 2008

Dusty Galaxies

May 15, 2008

Astronomers use a new model of dust in galaxies to remeasure the total energy output of stars in the universe [more]

Research publications 2007

Molecular chords

November 16, 2007

Max Planck researchers have for the first time analyzed the frequency of molecular resonance, in the same way as musicians analyze the notes of a chord. Their results have even been made audible [more]

Research publications 2006

A leading edge camera for molecules

November 08, 2006

Max Planck researchers in Heidelberger film fast molecular motion for the first time [more]


Discovery of Gamma Rays from the Edge of a Black Hole

October 26, 2006

H.E.S.S. discovers drastic variations of very-high-energy gamma rays from the central engine of the giant elliptical galaxy M 87 [more]


The Cosmos Does Not Glimmer As We Thought

May 08, 2006

The H.E.S.S. telescope shows that extragalactic background light hardly dampens the gamma rays of distant quasars [more]


Ice Volcanoes on Saturn’s Moon Enceladus

March 14, 2006

International team of researchers discovers ice volcanoes on Saturn’s moon Enceladus [more]


The World’s Fastest Measurements of Molecular Vibrations

March 06, 2006

British researchers and Max Planck scientists from Heidelberg make the speediest measurement ever of the motion of atomic nuclei in molecules [more]


Gigantic Cosmic Cataclysm in Stephan's Quintet of Galaxies

March 03, 2006

The infrared signature of an enormous intergalactic shock wave revealed by the Spitzer Space Telescope [more]


What is the lifetime of positronium ions?

February 22, 2006

Max Planck researchers precisely examine the characteristics of an exotic ion [more]

Global warming - don't blame the plants

January 18, 2006

International scientific team reacts to misinterpretation of their research results and provides the correct perspective [more]


The forgotten methane source

January 11, 2006

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg make a surprising discovery: plants themselves produce methane and emit it directly into the atmosphere [more]

Research publications 2005

The Cosmos Glows Unevenly

February 15, 2005

Gamma-ray afterglow from galactic centre gas clouds reveals prehistoric particle accelerator [more]

Research publications 2004

Searching the Sources of Mysterious Particles from the Universe

September 23, 2004

The H.E.S.S. Telescope system, a new scout to the high-energy universe, will be opened on September 28, 2004 in the vicinity of the Gamsberg/Namibia [more]

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