Physics Media Library


First-Semester Information from the Student Representative Council

Our students provide a lively glance at physics studies with the first-year student information for mathematics, physics, and computer science on their website for first-year students. The student representative councils represent the students in a subject and happily provide prospective students with information and experience reports from a student perspective.


German Physics Society

The DPG is the largest physical professional society in the world. Its website offers good information about studies and a series of free brochures (pdfs). A membership is very affordable for school or university students and include the monthly member magazine "Physik-Journal", which includes interesting contributions from the world of physicists.

In collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Research, the DFG offers understanding glances into current physics research in the web portal "Welt der Physik“. Here you can find, for example, an article on the topic of “Supersymmetry“, written by Professor Michael Krämer from the Institute of Theoretical Particle Physics and Cosmology at RWTH Aachen University. The porta also maintains its own Youtube channel.


Blog "Life and Physics"

You can also find articles and contributions by and on RWTH professor Michael Krämer on a blog hosted by the British newspaper “The Guardian”:

Are quarks real? A philosophical interlude

The Landscape of New Physics

Searching for supersymmetry: some frustration but no despair

The philosophy of the Higgs

There is no alternative!



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Higgs Particle Discoverd!

RWTH institutes were significantly involved in discovering proof of the new particle. Aachen professors Thomas Hebbeker, Michael Krämer, and Achim Stahl presented the background of the planning, methods, and history of the groundbreaking discovery. Afterwards the experts answer questions from interested students and citizens. WDR journalist Bettina Staubitz moderated the panel discussion. Additional information is available on the page Elementary Particle Physics.

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Space Shuttle Endeavour's final mission STS-134
On 9 November 2011, four of the astronauts who took part in Space Shuttle Endeavour's final mission STS-134 visited RWTH Aachen University. In front of an audience of about 1,300 students, the crew members gave a lively account of their journey to the International Space Station (ISS). In May 2011, the crew had delivered the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) to the ISS.

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Launch of the Perdaix balloon experiment

This experiment for the study of particles from the cosmic radiation was mainly designed and constructed by students of RWTH Aachen University. Additional Informations can be found at the experiment's webpage.

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Graphene, the material of the future
The EU has pledged a billion euros for research into graphene at a consortium of institutions across the continent. The amazing material is strong, flexible, an excellent conductor of electricity and heat. Some say graphene may well revolutionize computing, telecommunications, and engineering.

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Portrait of Prof. DiVincenzo

David Di Vincenco is director of the Institute for Theoretical Nanoelectronics at the Forschungszentrum Jülich and Professor at the Institute for Theoretical Quantum Information at RWTH Aachen University.

Here he explains the prospects and challenges of quantum information as well as its potential realization using solid-states. Additional informations can be found at the institute's webpages.

Interview with Prof. DiVincenzo (in English):

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Portrait of Prof. Bluhm

Hendrik Bluhm is professor at the II. Physics Institute of RWTH Aachen University and Alfried-Krupp laureate. In this video he explains his fascination about the experimental research on nanoelectronics and its potential use for quantum information. More information can be found at the institute's webpages.


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