Main Focus of Research

Experimental Hadron Physics

The work of our institute focuses on basic research:
One of the most essential elements of todays education and research is to gain a better understanding of the structure of matter and the fundamental principles of nature. In this process the basic research of physics plays an important role as it provides a base for technical innovations and development.

What is Hadron Physics about:
Hadron Physics deals with strong interacting particles consisting of quarks and gluons. Among those hadrons also rank the building blocks of the atomic nucleus, the proton and the neutron. There are many other hadrons that can only be created via collisions of high energetic particles in big particle accelerators. The created hadrons are detected by modern and complex detectors to examine their composition and interactions.

Research Groups:
The Institute of Experimental Hadron Physics' (Prof. Wiedner) work focuses on hardware design for particle detectors, data acquisition and analysis of data.
The second group Physics of Hadrons and Nuclei (Prof. Meyer) is specialized in the development of polarized solid state targets.

We are involved in the following experiments:

PANDA - at the future antiproton accelerator FAIR (Darmstadt/GER)
BABAR - at the storage ring PEP-II (SLAC/USA) (Detector decomissioned)
BES-III - at the storage ring BEPC (Beijing/VRC)
CB-ELSA - Sonderforschungsbereich/Transregio 16 (Bonn/GER)
COSY - at the storage ring of the FZ Jülich (Jülich/GER)
CB-LEAR - CERN (Geneva/SUI) (Detector decomissioned)

and therefore we have many contacts to physicists all over the world.

We are funded by:

- the land NRW
- the Government Department for Education and Research (BMBF)
- the German Research Community (DFG)
- the European Union
- the Research Center Jülich
- the GSI in Darmstadt

Of course teachings and mentoring of students cover an important part of our daily work. Our challenges in research allow for mediating the most modern status of physics, especially in topics we are focused on.

Theses (Bachelor, Master, Diploma, PhD)