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How clusters approach the temperature of their environment


Using a novel method, physicists of the MPI for Nuclear Physics and the University of Greifswald succeeded to trace the internal energy distribution of stored cluster anions consisting of four cobalt atoms and an additional electron. That way they could observe, how clusters from a hot or a cold ion source cool down or warm up to the trap temperature, and derive a radiation law. (PRL 20 June 2018)

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Images of research at MPIK


  • Artist‘s view of the reaction between protonated water and electrons in the CSR
  • Copper strips distribute the cold to the experimental vacuum chambers of the CSR
  • The atomic mass of a bound electron is balanced by QED contributions in increasing order, playing the role of a precision mass set
  • Electrodes of a Penning trap
  • MOCCA, the microcalorimeter detector for the Cryogenic Storage Ring CSR
  • The emergence of a spectral line (Fano profile)
  • „Chirped mirror“ arrangement for ultrashort Laser pulses
  • 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
  • Schematic representation of interactions in extremely intense laser pulses: pair creation and spin-dependent trajectories
  • Illustration of laser control in atoms and nuclei
  • A laser-induced splitting gradient is used to store the complete frequency spectrum of a broadband pulse in a resonant medium
  • Tunnel ionization of a highly charged ion at relativistic laser intensities
  • Cameras for CTA: CHEC for small telescopes in front of FlashCam for medium-sized telescopes
  • 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 in the centre
  • Image of a particle cascade viewed simultaneously by all five H.E.S.S. telescopes
  • One of the "outrigger" tanks in front of the main detector array of the High Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) observatory
  • A proton-lead collision observed by the LHCb detector
  • Integration of the acrylic vessels in the Double Chooz detector
  • The four germanium detectors of the neutrino experiment CONUS inside their shielding
  • Elementary particles of the Standard Model and their hypothetical supersymmetric and seesaw partners
  • The GERDA detector strings with Nylon shielding and optical fibre
  • The upper photomultiplier array for the XENON1T experiment searching for Dark Matter
  • Annihilation tracks of antiprotons in an emulsion detector
  • Gold-plated mirror for a novel detector module in mid-infrared at the Cryogenic Trap for Fast ion beams (CTF).
  • Illustration of the rotational symmetry of an octahedron, used to construct models for fermion mixing
Max-Planck-Gesellschaft

21.06.18

Doppelte Auszeichnung für Lisa Schmöger

Otto-Hahn-Medaille und Otto Hahn Award


20.06.18

Wie Cluster die Temperatur ihrer Umgebung annehmen

Mit einer neuen Methode gelang es Physikern vom MPI für...


07.06.18

Neue Wege in die „Terra incognita“ der Nuklidkarte

Hochpräzise Massenmessungen an neutronenreichen...