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Johannes Blümer
Head of Division
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Johannes Blümer

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Marie-Christine Kauffmann
Administrative Assistant
Marie-Christine Kauffmann

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Nicole Keller-Rau
Head of Division Office
Nicole Keller-Rau

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C. Pulch
Division Office
Personnel and Resources
Christian Pulch

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S. Bekavac
Division Office
Science and Communication
Dr. Stefan Bekavac

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Campus North:

Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1

76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen

Bldg. 436 , Room 157


Campus South:

Kaiserstraße 12

76131 Karlsruhe

Bldg. 10.11, Room 118 

Division V - Physics and Mathematics

Division V - Physics and Mathematics - comprises  21 institutes, the KIT-Department of Physics and the KIT-Department of  Mathematics as well as four Helmholtz programmes:  “From Matter to Materials and Life (MML)”, “Matter and Technology (MT)”,  “Matter and the Universe (MU)” and  "Science and Technology of Nanosystems (STN)".

Since October 1, 2015, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Johannes Blümer has been Head of Division V.    


Kathrin Valerius und ihr Team am Experiment KATRIN wurden mit „außerordentlichem Erfolg“ bewertet.
Best grade for Young Investigator Group

Council for Research and Promotion of Young Scientists (CRYS) confirms extraordinary success of the Helmholtz Young Investigator Group "Analysis of KATRIN Data to Measure the Neutrino Mass and Search for New Physics“.

Inside the vessel of the main spectrometer of the Karlsruhe Tritium Neutrino Experiment KATRIN (photo: Michael Zacher)
Neutrinos Weighed by the World´s Most Precise Scale

Karlsruhe Tritium Neutrino Experiment KATRIN starts its data taking phase.

The extremely water-repellent surface of the floating fern (Salvinia) serves as a model for AIRCOAT technology. (Figure: Research Group Prof. Schimmel, KIT)
Air Coating for Ships

The coating reduces the frictional resistance of ships and makes them glide more easily through the water.

Particle accelerator experiment Belle II (photo: Felix Metzner, KIT)
Secrets of the Big Bang and Dark Matter

With Belle II, a globally unique particle accelerator experiment goes into operation in Japan.

Julius Wess Prize Winner 2017: Belgian Francis Halzen researches and teaches in the USA (Photo: EL PAIS/Bernardo Pérez)
Julius Wess Prize 2017 Goes to Francis Halzen

He received the award for his achievements in astroparticle physics and in the international experiment IceCube.

Kick-off event of the new Helmholtz International Research School

On April 17, 2018 the kick-off event for the Helmholtz International Research School for Astroparticle Physics and Enabling Technologies (HIRSAP) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the Universidad Nacional de San Martín (UNSAM) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, took place at KIT.

KIT receives Best Teaching Award from Deutsche Geophysikalische Gesellschaft (DGG)

Ellen Gottschämmer from the Geophysical Institute has been honoured for excellent teaching.

DPG Prize for Superprecise 3D Laser Printing
DPG Prize for Superprecise 3D Laser Printing

The German Physical Society grants a prize to the Institute of Nanotechnology and the Innovation Management Service Unit.

Physics World Top Ten Breakthrough
Pierre Auger Collaboration Receives Award

The Pierre Auger Collaboration receives the award Physics World Top Ten Breakthrough of 2017 for their proof of extra-
galactic origin of high-energy cosmic rays. 

Dr. Ralph Engel Has Been Elected as Spokesperson of the Pierre Auger Collaboration

At the November meeting of the members of the Pierre Auger Collaboration in Malargüe, Argentina, Dr. Ralph Engel (IKP) has been elected as spokesperson of the international collaboration which consists of 89 institutes in 17 countries. The Pierre Auger Observatory is the world's largest and most famous project to study ultra-high energy cosmic rays. 

Grafische Darstellung eines Quanten-Algorithmus
Quantum Computing Enables Fast Database Searches

KIT scientists have implemented Grover’s quantum algorithm for search in unsorted databases.

Kabel und Aufbauten des Elektronenmikroskops in rötlichem Licht
Microscopy: A Keen Eye on Sensitive Samples

A new multifunctional electron microscope of KIT can detect structures in sensitive materials.

Support of the Helmholtz International Research School on Astroparticle Physics and Enabling Technologies

The Helmholtz Association supports three international research schools, among them the International Research School on Astroparticle Physics and Enabling Technologies, applied by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) together with Universidad Nacional de San Martín (UNSAM), Buenos Aires. The spokespersons of the Research School, that is expected to start on April 1, 2018, are Dr. Ralph Engel from the German side and Dr. Alberto Etchegoyen from the Argentinian side.

Sternenhimmel mit grünen Lichtphänomenen (Foto: Pierre-Auger-Observatorium/KIT)
Ambassadors From Distant Galaxies

Scientists of the Pierre Auger Collaboration prove extragalactic origin of high-energy cosmic rays.

German-Russian Research Group Receives 3 Years of Funding

The Helmholtz Association and the Russian Science Foundation (RSF) have selected the first six joint research groups for their "Helmholtz-RSF Joint Research Groups" funding program, including the Karlsruhe-Russian Astroparticle Data Life Cycle Initiative. The aim of this project is to make publicly available a broad spectrum of data on high-energy cosmic rays. The participating researchers from KIT are Dr. A. Haungs, IKP, and Prof. A. Streit, SCC, and from the Russian side Prof. A Kryukov, MSU. 


Wie die Grafik zeigt, übersteigen durch Hurrikan Harvey die jährlichen Kosten von Naturkatastrophen weltweit nun schon das achte Jahr in Folge die 100-Milliarden-Dollar-Grenze (Abbildung: James Daniell, KIT)
Harvey Is One of the Top 10 Most Costly Natural Disasters

Texas suffers direct losses of $58 billion, further increases in costs may be expected. Only Sandy and Katrina were more expensive.

Kompakte Beschleuniger: Mit Terahertz-Licht in die Materie blicken

Am 13. Juli fanden die Feierlichkeiten anlässlich der Einweihung des Linear-
beschleunigers FLUTE statt. Am Linearbeschleuniger FLUTE (Ferninfrarot Linac- Und Test Experiment) erforscht das KIT Technologien für die Beschleuniger von morgen und die Anwendung von Terahertzstrahlung in Wissenschaft, Industrie und Medizin.

Marlis Hochbruck
Professor Marlis Hochbruck Has Been Confirmed as Vice President of DFG

Prof. Marlis Hochbruck has been elected as vice president for further 4 years by the Joint Committee of Deutsche Forschungs-
gemeinschaft (DFG). Since 2014, Marlis Hochbruck from the Institute of Applied and Numerical Analysis at KIT has worked honorarily as vice president for the DFG. 

Angela Merkel und Lino Barañao u.r.; Lino Barañao, DDAp-Studenten und Johannes Blümer
Chancellor Merkel in Dialogue with Doctoral Students of the Double Doctoral Degree in Astrophysics (DDAp)

During the travel of Chancellor Angela Merkel to Argentina on June 8 an exchange with students and young scientists took place concerning cooperations. Doctoral students of the Double Doctoral Degree in Astrophysics (DDAp) - a program between KIT and the Universidad Nacional de San Martín (UNSAM) in Buenos Aires - participated in the dialogue.

KASCADE Infotafel
Information Board of the KASCADE/KASCADE-Grande Experiment

Just in time for the upcoming open day the KASCADE/ KASCADE-Grande information board has been mounted in the southwesterly corner of the former KASCADE detector array at Campus North. The extensive air shower experiment Karlsruhe Shower Core and Array Detector (KASCADE) studied successfully the characteristics of cosmic radiation from February 1994 to January 2013. The KASCADE data are made available for public usage at the KASCADE Cosmic Ray Data Centre (KCDC).



LHC Pixeldetektor
Neuer Silizium-Pixeldetektor für das CMS Experiment

Der Teilchenbeschleuniger LHC am europäischen Teilchenphysiklabor CERN bei Genf hat wieder seinen Betrieb aufgenommen. Am CMS-Experiment wurde in der Winterpause ein neuer Silizium-Pixeldetektor eingebaut. Physiker, Ingenieure und Techniker vom Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) haben dazu an vielen Stellen wichtige Beiträge geleistet.

Frank Herrlich
KIT-Fakultätslehrpreis für Prof. Dr. Frank Herrlich Herausragende Leistungen in der Lehre würdigt das Präsidium jährlich mit dem KIT-Fakultätslehrpreis. Der Preis ist mir 10.000 Euro dotiert. Bei der Jahresfeier 2017 zeichnete Prof. Alexander Wanner, Vizepräsident für Lehre und akademische Angelegenheiten, Dozentinnen und Dozenten in den elf KIT-Fakultäten aus, darunter Prof. Dr. Frank Herrlich vom Institut für Algebra und Geometrie.
Hr. Wernsdorfer ERC
Two Researchers of KIT Receive ERC Advanced Grants

European Research Council (ERC) selects Wolfgang Wernsdorfer for funding through an ERC Advanced Grant.

Netzwerk Neutrinomasse
Network for Neutrino Research and Sensors

The international network Neutrino mass develops more precise detectors for particle physics experiments like KATRIN.

Robert Klanner
Robert Klanner Was Chosen to Receive the Julius Wess Award 2016

Robert Klanner was nominated for the 2016 Julius Wess Award in recognition of his fundamental contributions to  the development of silicon microstrip detectors.

Horst Hahn Was Elected as a Member of the National Academy of Engineering

Die United States National Academy of Engineering (NAE) hat Professor Horst Hahn zu einem ihrer 249 „foreign members“ gewählt.

KATRIN first light
Karlsruhe Tritium Neutrino Experiment (KATRIN): "First Light"

KATRIN experiment has reached the next major milestone: For the first time, electrons flew through the whole facility to the detector.

Erwin Schrödinger Award for Specifically Designed Petri Dishes

Three KIT scientists receive the award worth EUR 50,000 for their interdisciplinary reasearch on three-dimensional cell culturing.

Verladung der Eisenplatten am KIT (Foto: Jürgen Wochele, KIT)
4000 Tonnen KASCADE-Eisenplatten ziehen um zu FAIR

Die 900 Eisenplatten dienen in Zukunft als "Bremsklotz" für das FAIR-Experiment in Darmstadt.


James W. Cronin (@ University of Chicago)
Nobel Laureate James W. Cronin Died

James W. Cronin, American physicist and nobel laureate, died August 25, 2016 in Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA, at the age of 84.

Die Gewinnerin des Julius Wess-Preises 2015, Lisa Randall. (Bild: Rose Lincoln)
Lisa Randall Receives the 2015 Julius Wess Prize

The Prize will be handed over to the the theoretical physicist of Harvard University on July 8.

Brasilianische Delegation
Brazilian State Minister at KIT

In the focus of the visit was a cooperation project with universities in the South of Brazil.

Phänomen der optischen Täuschung
Research Training Group in Asymptotic Geometry

New Research Training Group of KIT and the University of Heidelberg will begin its work by October.

Preisverleihung in Berlin
KIT Brings Outstanding Experimental Physicist Back to Germany

Alexander von Humboldt Professorship awarded to Wolfgang Wernsdorfer, who will conduct research at KIT from June.

Das sanierte Mathematik-Gebäude am KIT-Campus Süd (Foto: Manuel Balzer, KIT)
KIT Receives "Deutscher Hochschulbaupreis"

The restored building on KIT Campus South is an example of sustainable campus architecture.

Shanghai Jiao Tong University visits KIT

The further development of new and ongoing cooperations where being discussed.

Wolfgang Wernsdorfer (Fotoquelle: Eric Lichtenscheidt)
KIT Receives Humboldt Professorship for Physicist

The internationally acknowledged physicist Wolfgang Wernsdorfer will come to KIT.

KIT-Simulation: Kosmische Strahlen
Simulations at KIT Analyze Cosmic Rays

Developed at the KIT, the simulation code CoREAS leads to new insights about cosmic rays.

Ein Prototyp von AugerPrime: Jeder existierende Wasser-Cherenkov-Detektor mit 12 000 Litern Wasser wird um einen vier Quadratmeter großen Szintillator erweitert (Foto: Pierre Auger Collaboration)
AugerPrime: Looking for Cosmic Rays

Pierre Auger Observatory with KIT participating will be continued and expanded.