Image: DESY, Marco Urban | 27 September 2012Chancellor Angela Merkel visited DESY on 19 September for a hall baptism: the experimental hall of DESY's light source PETRA III is now officially named Max von Laue, after the discoverer of diffraction of X-rays. DESY DG Helmut Dosch presents the German chancellor (who was a physicist before she became a politician) with a miniature accelerator cavity. In her speech, Merkel stressed the importance of fundamental research, freedom of science and the importance to communicate results. Check DESY's press release for more links, the chancellor's full speech (in German) and images.
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Barbara Warmbein | 16 August 2012A new stage show based on accelerators and accelerator physics is taking off in Germany this month. Conceived by two ILC scientists at DESY, it shows the basic ingredients of a particle accelerator, complete with all the fun stuff, to schoolchildren ages 12 and up. It even gives a live audience-involving demonstration of the fundamental acceleration principle of the ILC.
Category: Around the World | Tagged: accelerator, DESY, outreach, show
Image: DESY | 16 August 2012The designated Linear Collider Director Lyn Evans, who will take up his new role when the ILC Technical Design Report has been officially delivered next summer, is already touring the labs. On Monday and Tuesday he visited DESY to inspect its cavity production facilities and chat to DESY scientists about the future.
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Barbara Warmbein | 19 July 2012Tracks show the paths of particles passing through the time projection chamber, the tracker prototype for the ILD detector, in a DESY test beam last week. Six brand-new readout modules of the Micromegas type - one possible module type for the final detector - were mounted to the TPC endplate and produced beautiful tracks both from cosmic and beam particles.
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Barbara Warmbein | 28 June 2012A new integration technology that could also be used in the ILC detectors will soon serve as a node point for connecting several German and international institutes and universities in the common goal to develop fast, efficient and reliable detector components in the Helmholtz Detector Technology and Systems Platform. The unusual aspect of the collaboration: these detectors are not only for Higgs- and SUSY-hunting apparatus for particle physics, but also for more compact and more targeted devices for use in light sources.
Category: Around the World | Tagged: 3-D silicon technology, DESY, Helmholtz Association, particle physics, photon science
Image: DESY | 7 June 2012Some 100 cavity and photo enthusiasts came to DESY last Wednesday to hear Karsten Büßer talk about "Cool Runnings" and see the picture story of cavities in the making by science photographer Heiner Müller-Elsner. The exhibition will be on show at DESY for a few more weeks. Read more here.
Category: Image of the week | Tagged: cavity, DESY, European XFEL, FLASH, SCRF
Image: DESY, Lars Berg | 24 May 2012What do huge sailing ships, science and India have in common? They were all present at this year's celebrations for the birthday of Hamburg's harbour. This year's special guest country was India, and as DESY has strong links with India especially in the field of photon science, DESY put up a tent in the harbour and presented itself, its science and its Indian scientists to the more than one million visitors.
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Image: Kröller-Müller Museum | 22 March 2012DESY's synchrotron radiation source DORIS has helped settle a decades-old question of whether van Gogh painted the 1886 Still life with meadow flowers. Using macro scanning X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy, scientists were able to analyse the canvas's layers of paint with greater detail than had been possible previously. Earlier X-ray analyses had shown that a painter - suspected to be van Gogh - had painted a scene of two wrestlers on the canvas before painting the flower still life over it several months later. DESY's work revealed even more, in particular, the color palette the painter used for the two wrestlers and their relative state of dress. Both attributes helped authenticate the work as a van Gogh. A beam of particles (figuratively) painted a picture of greater detail. Read the DESY press release
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