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Welcome to the Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik (MPIK, Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics) in Heidelberg, one of 84 institutes and research establishments of the  Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (Max Planck Society). The MPIK does experimental and theoretical basic research in the fields of Astroparticle Physics (crossroads of particle physics and astrophysics) and Quantum Dynamics (many-body dynamics of atoms and molecules).


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The birth of multi-messenger astrophysics

On August 17, 2017, the gravitational wave interferometers Advanced Ligo and Advanced Virgo recorded a signal from the merger of a binary neutron star system, a type of signal that had never been seen before. Complementing this exciting discovery, a large variety of electromagnetic observations were able to record signals from the same event.

The H.E.S.S. target selection identified regions of high probability to find a counterpart of the gravitational wave event. The first of these regions contained the counterpart SSS17a that has been identified in the optical domain several hours after our observations. We can therefore present the first data obtained by a ground-based pointing instrument on this object.


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
  • A liquid-nitrogen-cooled GaAs photocathode producing cold electron beams
  • 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 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
  • 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


Beginn der Multi-Messenger-Astrophysik

Am 17. August 2017 haben die Gravitationswellen-Detektoren...


Mit FlashCam bestücktes Teleskop sieht erstmals Tscherenkow-Licht aus der Atmosphäre

Premiere in Berlin-Adlershof: Ende September hat der...


Ruf für Farinaldo da Silva Queiroz

Dr. Farinaldo da Silva Queiroz erhielt einen Ruf auf eine...


Till Kirsten erhält den Enrico-Fermi-Preis der Italienischen Physikalischen Gesellschaft

Die Italienische Physikalische Gesellschaft (SIF) hat den...