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Prof. Dr. Safa Shoaee | Photo: Karla Fritze

New Paths to Solar Energy – Looking for the best material for novel solar cells

The solar cells of the future are made of organic material as they can be produced very inexpensively using printing technologies. Physicists at the... more
Prof. Dr. Sascha Oswald. | Foto: Tobias Hopfgarten

Counting Neutrons for Environmental Research – Researchers measure soil moisture with the help of particles from space

They are super-fast, rich in energy and are created when particles from space hit the Earth - neutrons are omnipresent and usually penetrate matter... more
Vittoria Sposini and Samudrajit Thapa in Venice. | Photo: Dr. Fereydoon Taheri

In My Little Chamber – The Difficult Task of Writing a Doctoral Thesis During the Corona Crisis

On the corona pandemic – contributions from the University of Potsdam
Vittoria Sposini from Italy and Samudrajit Thapa from India are PhD students in the Theoretical Physics Group of Prof. Ralf Metzler at the Institute... more
Prof. Dr. Markus Gühr | Foto: Antje Horn-Conrad

Snapshots from the Nano Cosmos – How Markus Gühr uses flashes of light to probe the dynamics of molecules

Perhaps it was a sign: Markus Gühr grew up in Gießen. As a boy he used to play in the town’s old cemetery, very close to the place where Wilhelm... more
Künstlerische Darstellung des aktiven Galaxiekerns. Das supermassive Schwarze Loch im Zentrum der Akkretionsscheibe schickt einen energiereichen, scharf gebündelten Teilchenstrahl senkrecht ins All. Grafik: DESY Science Communication Lab.

Signals Every Second – Astrophysicists Develop Telescope Alarm System for Next-Generation Gamma-Ray Observatory CTA

It is a step into a new dimension. The search for time-dependent phenomena in space is in full swing and, with it, the search for cosmic sources of... more
In der „Molekülsuppe“ von Zellen gehe es zu „wie nach einem Fußballspiel auf dem Bahnsteig: Da stoßen sich alle um“, sagt Prof. Dr. Ralf Metzler. Foto: Adrian Elcock

“Like on a Train Platform after a Football Match” – Researching the inside of cells with statistical mechanics

Beginning where others stop and describing the indescribable indefinable are Ralf Metzler’s passions. Statistical mechanics is his hobbyhorse. The... more
Bild: Christian Stegmann, DESY

Borderless View into the Universe

Professor Christian Stegmann Uses Gamma-Ray Telescopes to Look for Cosmic Accelerators
There is one appointment after the other. Christian Stegmann hurries down the corridor, a hard hat under his arm. There is a lot of construction work... more
Foto: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Rings of Ice and Dust

Cassini Mission brings new knowledge about Saturn
Galileo Galilei was the first to see them. In 1610 he observed Saturn’s rings through a simple telescope. However, he did not recognise them as such... more