Transregio 27 - Neutrinos and Beyond
Dr. Joachim Kopp awarded with Otto Hahn Medal
The Max-Planck-Gesellschaft awards every year the Otto Hahn Medal to the few best PhD students for outstanding chievements. Dr. Joachim Kopp receives the 2010 Otto Hahn Medal for research conducted within the SFB-TR27 at Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik, Heidelberg for theoretical studies of new phenomena in neutrino physics.
Martin Winkler awarded with E.ON Future Award 2009
More information are available here.
Universe PhD Award (Experiment)
Michael Wurm received the Universe Cluster award for the best experimental PhD-thesis 2009 Cosmic Background Discrimination for Rare Neutrino Event Search in Borexino and LENA.
Dr. Michael A. Schmidt awarded with Otto Hahn Medal
The Max-Planck-Gesellschaft awards every year the Otto Hahn Medal to the few best PhD students for outstanding achievements. Dr. Michael A. Schmidt received the 2009 Otto Hahn Medal for research conducted within the SFB-TR27 at Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik, Heidelberg for studies of quantum corrections to neutrino masses, mixings and CP-phases.
Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship for Teresa Marrodan
Teresa Marrodan received a Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers.
Czech Physical Society awards the physical medal of the first degree to Prof. Samoil M. Bilenky
Prof. Bilenky introduced together with Bruno Pontecorvo 1967 the mechanism of neutrino flavour oscillation (Phys. Rep. 41 No.4 (1978) pp.225-261; hep-ph/0306239 and references there in). Since then Prof. Bilenky has played an important role in the sector of neutrino physics.
Prof. Bilenky stays for six months at the Physik Department E15 of the Technische Universität München and the Excellence Cluster Universe.
Universe PhD Award (Theory)
The Universe Award 'Theory' goes to Steve Blanchet (MPP), for his dissertation 'A new Era of Leptogenesis'. According to the award committee, the thesis gives a competent, innovative and vivid account of the different aspects of leptogenesis in connection with unsolved puzzles in cosmology and particle physics.
New independent junior research group established
An ERC Starting Independent Researcher Grant has been awarded by the European Research Council to Dr. W. Rodejohann who is a member of the SFB. The new group continues to work within the SFB at Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik, Heidelberg. The project's name is MANITOP, which stands for Massive Neutrinos: Investigating their Theoretical Origin and Phenomenology. For further details see http://www.mpi-hd.mpg.de/manitop/
First direct measurement of solar 7Be neutrinos by BOREXINO
The BOREXINO collaboration announces the first direct measurement of solar 7Be neutrinos. Target is a liquid scintillator with a fiducial volume of 100 t. The observed neutrino rate of about 50 / day is in agreement with the expected number taking into account solar models and neutrino oscillations. This is the first time solar neutrinos with an energy below 1 MeV have been observed directly. The paper can be found under astro-ph/0708.2251.
BOREXINO is online!
The solar neutrino detector of BOREXINO was filled with liquid scintillator from December 19th, 2006 until May 2007 and is taking data in its final configuration (~300t of scintillator and with outer active water Cherenkov detector) since May 16th, 1.15am. Details of the experimental setup can be found e.g. under "borex.infn.it". From our SFB/TR27 the MPIK Heidelberg and the TU München are collaborating in BOREXINO.
The Miniboone collaboration has released recently their first experimental results (hep-ex:07041500v1)!
A search for νμ to νe oscillations in the Δm2 region of ~ 1eV2 was performed in order to probe the positive statement of the LSND experiment (C. Athanassopoulos et al., Phys. Rev. Lett.75, 2650 (1995)). No hint of oscillations was found by Miniboone. This confirms the results of the former KARMEN experiment (see e.g. K. Eitel, Nuclear Physics B (Proc. Suppl.) *91* (2001)) performed by a German-British collaboration at the ISIS spallation facility. From our SFB/TR27 the University of KarlsruheÂ and the FZ Karlsruhe were collaborating in KARMEN. Spokesperson was G. Drexlin.