The Research Areas

EMP Hadronstructure with eletromagnetic Processes

The detailed study of the distribution of charges, magnetization, the varieties of quarks and of the longitudinal and transversal momentum and angular momentum can be summarized/ is summarized as proton tomography. For a long time this structural information has been a productive testing ground for our understanding of the QCD. Moreover it is imperatively required in order to interpret the measurements at the LHC. EMP (ElectroMagnetic Processes) is working on scientific subjects of the PANDA experiment and is particularly researching the possibilities of using the PANDA detector to study proton structures within the framework of the antiproton program. In cooperation with the SPECF section, the electron-nucleon-collider is the subject of a feasibility study as a possible FAIR upgrade. The section is intensively involved in complex research and development work, the design of the PANDA detector as well as its construction.

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SPECF Hadronenspectroscopy and Flavor

The SPECF (SPECtroscopy and Flavor) section is working on the central scientific subjects of the PANDA experiment, particularly on the spectroscopy of so-called Charm mesons. The precise spectroscopy of these particles permits the drawing of conclusions on the underlying nature of the binding and therefore delivers important insights concerning the nature of strong interaction. Due to the unique beam conditions of the accelerator as well as the particular quality of the detector currently being developed, the PANDA experiment provides exceptional opportunities to gain fundamental insight. The section is intensively involved in complex research and development work, in the design of the PANDA detector as well as its construction.

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MAM Symmetry of Matter and Antimatter

Experiments of atomic physics examine central scientific questions of modern physics and have a high potential of discovery due to their sensitivity. In the section MAM (Matter AntiMatter Symmetry) fundamental symmetries and interactions are examined with utmost accuracy. An important field herein is the highly accurate comparison of antimatter with matter, for example via the magnetic moment of the (anti)-proton or the comparison of the hydrogen spectrum with that of anti-hydrogen. In addition a fascinating goal is a first test of the Einstein’s equivalence principle of antimatter with an anti-hydrogen atomic interferometer.

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SHE Superheavy Elements

SHE (SuperHeavy Elements) focuses on the synthesis and the properties of super heavy elements. The nuclear-physical as well as the chemical aspects are being studied in particular. The physics studies do not only focus on the production but are also concerned with the nuclear decay of the nuclear structure and atomic-physical properties of these multi-particle systems. This provides a unique access to the understanding of nuclear matter within the extreme range of high proton or neutron numbers. Chemical studies are examining the influence of relativistic effects on the chemical properties with respect to the heaviest elements. In addition, nuclear-chemical methods of separation present the most efficient approach to neutron-rich isotopes of the heaviest elements and introduce one of a kind opportunity to study their synthesis and nuclear properties.

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ACID Accelerator Design and Integrated Detectors

The ACID (ACcelerator Design and Integrated Detectors) section follows the objective of accelerator research, predominantly in the fields that are connected to future projects at GSI/FAIR. These include the high-energy storage ring (HESR) at FAIR, the SHE-Linac at GSI and last but not least the ambitious ENC@FAIR project.

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THFL Theory Floor

The Theory Floor (THeory FLoor) concentrates on the structure and spectroscopy of hadrons as well as on flavor-physics, especially in the charm sector. An additional focus is on the theoretical preparatory work for the development of an electron-nucleon-collider.

In addition to analytic methods like QCD-factorization and the development and utilization of effective theories, numerical methods like simulations of the quantum gauge theory of strong interactions (QCD) must be applied on a space-time grid in order to be able to research the effects of strong interactions. Simulations with physical values of the QCD-parameters require a large computational effort.

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