Helmholtz Institute Mainz

Currently there are four known fundamental interactions which form the base of the standard model of physics. Gravitation, electrodynamics, strong interaction and weak force. While the precise understanding of gravitational force and electrodynamics influences all areas of our everyday lives and are mostly taken for granted, the effects of strong interaction are much harder to grasp. Yet strong interaction played an important role in the early development of the universe, in forming the stars and in the synthesis of chemical elements in the universe. It holds nuclear matter together and its complexity is responsible for the structural properties of protons and related particles. Almost all visible mass in the universe is generated dynamically by the effects of strong interaction. The achievement of a precise quantitative understanding of strong interaction on all length scales and its role in the standard model of physics, is the shared challenge of the cooperating partner institutions in the Helmholtz-Institute Mainz: the GSI Helmholtz Center for Heavy Ion Research in Darmstadt and the Institute of Nuclear Chemistry, Nuclear Physics and Physics of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.

Research sections:

  • EMP Hadronstructure with Electromagnetic Processes
  • SPECF Hadronspectroscopy and Flavor
  • MAM Symmetry of Matter and Antimatter
  • SHE Superheavy Elements
  • ACID Accelerator Physics and Detector Integration
  • THFL Theory Floor

This link will take you to the research groups.

Links to the cooperating institutions:

Helmholtz Center for Heavy Ion Research GSI

Institute for Nuclear Chemistry, University of Mainz

Institute of Nuclear Physics, University of Mainz

Institute of Physics, University of Mainz

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Helmholtz Institute Mainz
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
55099 Mainz


Prof. Dr. Michael Block


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Prof. Dr. Kurt Aulenbacher

Vice Director

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Sabine Giebenhain

Site Coordination

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Fatma Cal, Tanja Hensel
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