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Non-Thermal Astrophysics

Division Prof. Dr. Jim Hinton

Research in the division covers two main areas: 

  • high-energy astrophysics exploring the sources and acceleration processes of high-energy particles in the Universe, and
  • particle physics probing the Standard Model.

High energy astrophysics employs atmospheric Cherenkov telescopes or dense particle detector arrays to measure gamma rays emitted by high-energy particles in our Galaxy and beyond. The division has contributed major parts of the hardware of the H.E.S.S. Cherenkov telescopes and the HAWC high-energy extension, and plays a significant role in preparing the next generation Cherenkov Telescope Array CTA. Associated research groups cover theory and phenomenology of high energy astrophysics, theoretical astrophysics and infrared astrophysics.

Accelerator-based particle physics projects are primarily aimed at the study of heavy-quark production and decays, with emphasis on the phase space relevant to both particle physics and cosmic-ray physics.

The GERDA experiment at the Gran Sasso underground laboratory investigates neutrinoless double-beta decay of 76Ge, probing mass and nature of neutrinos.

Research Fields

Associated research activities



Closing in on the neutrino mass

The GERDA experiment in the Gran Sasso underground laboratory is searching for a hypothetical nuclear decay called neutrinoless double beta decay…

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FlashCam-Elektronik hilft Ionenstrahltherapie zu verbessern

Bei der Ionenstrahltherapie ist es das Ziel, malignes Gewebe durch die ionisierende Wirkung von Ionenstrahlen zu zerstören. Gleichzeitig soll…

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Das extreme Universum erkunden: Internationale Kollaboration für ein neues Gammastrahlen-Observatorium am Start

Am 1. Juli 2019 haben 36 Forschungsinstitute aus neun Ländern offiziell ein Abkommen unterzeichnet, mit dem sie eine neue internationale Forschungs-…

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