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Published on Feb 17, 2016
We already know quite a bit about the smallest building blocks of matter and of the forces that shape the universe. However, we also know that there is a lot more to discover. Many questions are yet open, such as that of dark matter: what does it consist of, and what is dark energy? Why does the universe contain more matter than antimatter? And what role do the mysterious ghost particles – or neutrinos – play in the early universe?
The Cluster of Excellence PRISMA – Precision Physics, Fundamental Interactions and Structure of Matter at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) explores these and other puzzles. Answering these fundamental questions will tell us about what matter is made of, how it is structured, and how the universe evolved. Mainz University offers unique local research facilities, and PRISMA researchers employ a wide range of high-precision experimental methods based on state-of-the-art research equipment. Moreover, the PRISMA researchers are involved in a close-knit global network and participate in major international experiments. Leading international scientists regularly come together in Mainz to share their ideas and further explore the mysteries of the universe.
PRISMA is funded within the framework of the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments. Professor Matthias Neubert and Professor Hartmut Wittig are the coordinators of the PRISMA Cluster of Excellence.