RWTH Involved in Research in Universe and Matter Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research




Lutz Feld


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Ten million euros’ funding for basic research.


The Federal Ministry of Education and Research, or BMBF for short, is providing funding for basic research in the area of universe and matter with its new program "Exploration of the Universe and Matter”, ErUM for short. Work on particles, matter, and the universe is intended to lay the foundations for the technologies of tomorrow and beyond.

The "ErUM-FSP T03 – Expansion of CMS at the LHC: Elementary Particle Physics With the CMS Experiment" project has now been approved. This coordinates the current CMS projects at RWTH, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Universität Hamburg, the University of Münster, and the DESY research center. The BMBF is providing the current CMS projects at RWTH with funding of more than ten million euros in total.

CMS stands for Compact Muon Solenoid and is one of four large-scale experiments operated at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, which is where the Higgs boson particle was discovered in 2012.

Professor Lutz Feld from the RWTH Institute of Physics I B – Particle Physics is the spokesperson of the ErUM until June 30, 2021. Besides Professor Feld, RWTH professors Kerstin Borras, Martin Erdmann, Thomas Hebbeker, Alexander Schmidt, and Achim Stahl from the Particle Physics Institutes I B, III A, and III B are also all involved in the project, as well as professors Michal Czakon, Robert Harlander, and Michael Krämer from the RWTH Institute for Theoretical Particle Physics and Cosmology.

Source: Press and Communications