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17.09.2014 ... and Einstein is still right


Relativistic time dilation precisely confirmed by absolute method

Exploiting the optical Doppler effect, a team of physicists achieved the most precise direct measurement of the relativistic time dilation and thus a further confirmation of Special Relativity. Lithium ions were used as precise atomic clocks. Accelerated to nearly 34% of the speed of light, they were "read out" by laser beams propagating parallel and antiparallel to their flight direction. (PRL, 16.09.2014)

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Images of research at MPIK


  • Profile of the first beam of argon ions in the not yet cooled CSR on March 17, 2014
  • View onto the CSR in November 2013
  • An ion with only one electron stored in a cylindrical Penning trap
  • 7 T superconducting magnet for PENTATRAP
  • A liquid-nitrogen-cooled GaAs photocathode producing cold electron beams
  • Momentum distribution of the electrons emitted in double ionization of argon
  • A view inside a femtosecond laser
  • Crystal of laser-cooled ions in a cryogenic Paul trap
  • A reaction microscope
  • Wave function for two electrons in doubly excited helium
  • Principle of the generation of an X-ray frequency comb by means of a laser-controlled gas
  • A matterless double slit consisting of two ultra-intense focused laser beams
  • Acceleration of ions (blue) by a radially polarized ultra-intensive laser beam (red)
  • Scheme of the QED contributions to the magnetic moment of a bound electron
  • Tunnel ionization of a highly charged ion at relativistic laser intensities
  • Prospected arrangement of telescopes in the CTA arrays
  • View of the full H.E.S.S. array with the four 12 m telescopes and the new 28 m H.E.S.S. II telescope
  • Image of a particle cascade viewed simultaneously by all five H.E.S.S. telescopes
  • A proton-lead collision observed by the LHCb detector
  • Predictions of the turbulent magnetic field excited ahead of a shock front
  • Integration of the acrylic vessels in the Double Chooz detector
  • Construction principle of the Nucifer detector
  • Elementary particles of the Standard Model and their hypothetical supersymmetric and seesaw partners
  • View into the GERDA cryostat with veto system partially immersed into the liquid argon
  • Photomultipliers for XENON1T in a support structure for cooling tests
  • Annihilation tracks of antiprotons in an emulsion detector
  • CAD drawing of the laser photodetachment line (ASTROLAB project)
  • Geometrical realization of solar neutrino mixing through the golden ratio
Max-Planck-Gesellschaft

19.11.14

Jörg Evers erhält Röntgenpreis

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21.10.14

Viktor Ambartsumian International Prize für Felix Aharonian

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13.10.14

H.E.S.S.-Preis für Petter Hofverberg

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08.10.14

Heisenberg-Stipendium für zwei Wissenschaftler des MPIK

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