DESY is one of the world’s leading accelerator centres. Founded in Hamburg in 1959, and named for its first project (the Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron), DESY hosted the PETRA storage ring, where the gluon was discovered, and the HERA collider, where the structure of the proton was studied with unprecedented precision. Research at DESY now focuses on four areas: accelerators, photon science, particle physics, and astroparticle physics.
CERN Courier laboratory correspondent: Till Mundzeck
Beate Heinemann describes the latest activities at DESY and the importance of demonstrating the wider benefits of particle physics.
DESY's first female director will lead the lab's high-energy physics division from 1 February.
The workshop explored new perturbative results and methods in quantum field theory, collider physics and gravity.
The FIPs 2020 workshop was structured around portals that may link the Standard Model to a rich dark sector: axions, dark photons, dark scalars and heavy neutral leptons.
DESY physicists reimagined a socially distanced event with virtues that may merit consideration after the pandemic too.
Ulrich Becker created instruments that led to major contributions to particle physics, including the Nobel Prize-winning discovery of the J/Ψ particle.
Christian Stegmann, director of DESY’s newly established research division for astroparticle physics, describes the ambitious plans ahead in this vibrant field.
The conference brought together more than 100 researchers from 18 countries to discuss the latest results in precision calculations for particle physics at colliders.
The laboratory’s plans for the 2020s include building the world’s most powerful X-ray microscope and constructing a new centre for data and computing science.