08/10/2021 Dr. Lorenzo Tancredi will take up the ORIGINS-supported professorship in Theoretical Particle Physics on September 1, 2021. His main research interest is in theoretical high-energy physics, in particular in relation to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN.

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07/29/2021 The LHCb collaboration at CERN, and instrumentally our new ORIGINS Fellow Mikhail Mikhasenko, previously a Fellow at CERN, has discovered a new class of hadronic matter, double-heavy tetraquarks, labelled as Tcc+, with overwhelming statistical significance. In fact, this is the longest-living exotic particle ever observed, and the first to contain two heavy quarks and two light antiquarks.

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Simulated exoplanetary spectrum of the kind expected from Twinkle’s observations.

07/08/2021 The Excellence Cluster ORIGINS has become a founding member of the Twinkle mission. Lift-off for the new space telescope is planned for 2024. The instrument will give astrophysicists at the LMU the first reliable data on the chemical composition of the atmospheres of exoplanets – and may also shed light on the prospects for life on these worlds.

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06/28/2021 What steers galaxies, or whole ensembles of galaxies - so-called galaxy clusters? Aren’t they surrounded by vast empty space? Could the recently discovered long hot interconnecting gas filaments play a role? Although cosmological models and simulations predicted these structures and the role they may play, the observational confirmation of their existence, using the x-ray space telescope eROSITA, is quite recent. Further snapshots of simulations compared to the observations unveil a galaxy group speeding along such a long gas filament, on a collision course with other…

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06/28/2021 As announced during the 2021 meeting of the European Astronomical Society, the German eROSITA collaboration will release the first set of data taken with the eROSITA X-ray telescope onboard the SRG observatory. For the first time, astronomers throughout the world will have the chance to download and analyse data from this new powerful telescope. The Early Data Release will be accompanied by the publication of 35 eROSITA science papers by the German eROSITA Consortium on the arXiv preprint server, with these and more to be published in a forthcoming special issue of the…

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06/17/2021 For the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, the ORIGINS PhD Days could take place on site – this year from May 30 to June 2 at Ringberg Castle, a conference venue of the Max Planck Society. During the three-day workshop, the 18 PhD students got to know each other and exchanged ideas about their research in stimulating discussions.

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06/09/2021 The moons of planets that have no parent star can possess an atmosphere and retain liquid water. Astrophysicists at LMU have calculated that such systems could harbor sufficient water to make life possible – and sustain it.

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Inside the Borexino detector.

05/31/2021 For their groundbreaking observations of solar neutrinos, with which the fusion reactions inside the sun could be experimentally proofed for the first time, the team of the Borexino collaboration receives the prestigious Giuseppe and Vanna Cocconi Prize. Every two years, the European Physical Society awards it to an outstanding discovery in astro-particle physics and cosmology of the past 15 years. TUM emeritus Prof. Franz von Feilitzsch, Prof. Lothar Oberauer and Prof. Stefan Schönert, all working at the Chair of Experimental Astroparticle Physics of the Technical…

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[Translate to English:] ORIGINS

04/19/2021 For the third time, the Excellence Cluster ORIGINS awards two outstanding dissertations in the field of astro-, nuclear and particle physics as well as biophysics. Interdisciplinary thesis topics addressing one of the important milestones of the cluster and connecting various research disciplines will be preferred.

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[Translate to English:] Das Glashow-Resonanz Ereignis mit einer Energie von 6.3 PeV, welches vom IceCube Neutrino Observatorium gemessen wurde

03/10/2021 For the first time, a resonance at ultra-high energies predicted by the eventual Nobel laureate Sheldon Lee Glashow in 1960 was observed. The scientists of the IceCube collaboration identified a particle shower detected in the IceCube Neutrino Observatory as resulting from an interaction of a cosmic electron anti-neutrino with an atomic electron as a long-sought Glashow resonance. The result was published in Nature.

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