HIM-Professor Budker receives EU funding for his search for dark matter and dark energy

Budker is embarking on a systematic search for the particles that make up dark matter and the components that make up dark energy
This metal cylinder is the outermost layer of a four-layer magnetic shield. At its center is a paraffin-coated rubidium gas chamber that acts as a magnetic sensor. Foto: A. Wickenbrock


2.05.2016 - Professor Dmitry Budker has been granted EUR 2.5 million in funding by the European Research Council (ERC) for his new project involving the hunt for dark matter and dark energy. Budker came to Mainz from the University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA, in early 2014. He holds a professorship at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) in Experimental Atomic Physics and is section head at the Helmholtz Institute Mainz (HIM). Using a new approach, Budker is embarking on a systematic search for the particles that make up dark matter and the components that make up dark energy. Dark matter and dark energy are still among the great puzzles of physics. Jointly referred to as the "dark sector," they make up about 95 percent of the universe.

One step closer to the development of an ultra-precise nuclear clock

HIM-Professor Christoph Düllmann measures time using oscillations of atomic nuclei
Press release of JGU Mainz
Source: C. Düllmann


Atomic clocks are currently our most precise timekeepers. The present record is held by a clock that is accurate to within a single second in 20 billion years. Researchers led by physicist PD Dr. Peter Thirolf and his team at LMU Munich and including scientists and engineers from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, the Helmholtz Institute Mainz, and the GSI Helmholtz Center for Heavy Ion Research in Darmstadt have now experimentally identified a long-sought excitation state, a nuclear isomer in an isotope of the element thorium (Th), which could enhance this level of accuracy by a factor of about ten. Their findings are reported in the scientific journal Nature....

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Laboratory searches for the origin of dark matter

Victor Flambaum attains GRC-Fellowship with the Helmholtz-Institute Mainz
Source: private

The Gutenberg Research College (GRC) of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) is designed to sharpen the research profile of JGU and its faculties by attracting excellent scientists to carry out their research in Mainz.

In this context, Prof. Victor Flambaum, Head of the Department of Theoretical Physics of the University of New South Wales, Australia, is granted a fellowship for three years and will establish a small research group in Mainz
Prof. Dmitry Budker, leader of the HIM „Matter-AntiMatter asymmetry“ (MAM) Section, recommended Professor Flambaum’ s expertise to  the GRC: „Victor Flambaum is one of the brightest stars in theoretical physics today and one of the rare theorists closely connected to experiments.“


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