GRK 1675 Particle and Astro-Particle Physics
The research goal of this graduate school is to examine the limits of the standard model of particle physics. With the commissioning of the LHC accelerator, we expect significant new results in this field in the coming years. We hope that they will allow us to contribute to the answers of fundamental questions of basic research such as the origin of mass of elementary particles, the nature of dark matter or the cause of matter-antimatter asymmetry in the universe. The graduate school will participate in the development of these issues by its own research program.
The experimental research groups of the graduate program are participating in the CMS experiment at the LHC accelerator in Geneva, in the AMS experiment on the International Space Station, in the Pierre Auger project in Argentina, in the IceCube experiment at the South Pole and in various experiments of neutrino physics. By combining astro-particle physics and particle physics at one site we have the possibility that these questions can be examined with complementary approaches in the interplay between theory and experiment.
This enables us to provide a first-class international environment for the training of doctoral students in Aachen. The required special skills for the PhD students in experimental and theoretical physics to participate in this research program will be provided by special lectures
and supplemented by compact courses and summer schools.
In addition, the graduate school offers a framework to establish collaborations between the different research groups. New creative approaches to research, particularly when they are located between the themes of the various working groups, can be included as part of doctoral theses. All posts will be advertised internationally and awarded in competition.
Gender aspects are generally particularly promoted at RWTH Aachen University, as the certificate ''family-friendly university" (see our Gender and Diversity Management web pages) demonstrates.
Spokesperson for the Research Training Group is Prof. Dr. Stefan Schael of the I. Physics B Institute at RWTH Aachen University.