Photos and Videos

Finally the photos and videos of PLANCKS 2017 are online – have a look ūüôā

You can find the photos via the following link:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/155587546@N07/sets/72157681905554624/

All three opening lectures about

  • The Higgs boson: Past, Present & Future (Victoria Martin, CERN, Geneva)
  • The “Sound” Of The Universe: First Detection Of Gravitational Waves And Beyond (Reinhard Prix, Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, Albert Einstein Institut ‚Äď AEI, Hannover)
  • Topology, Skyrmions and their dynamics: “Banana kicks in magnetism”¬†(Karin Everschor-Sitte, JGU Mainz)

are online via:
https://tube.tugraz.at/paella/ui/browse.html?category=events&series=7d2e77cb-39a1-435a-bfc1-6440e113fb4a

 

Just one week to go! Check out the abstracts for the symposium below!

Victoria Martin –¬†The Higgs boson: Past, Present & Future

Selfie at ATLAS

In 2012, physicists working on the experiments at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN announced the discovery of the mysterious, but long-searched-for, Higgs boson particle. This subatomic particle had been envisioned almost 50 years before by Brout, Englert, Higgs & others.
After the discovery, Peter Higgs and Fran Őßcois Englert¬†were awarded the Nobel prize in Physics 2013 for their¬†pioneering theoretical work predicting this new particle.¬†She¬†will introduce the Higgs boson and the Large Hadron¬†Collider and explain how and why physicists from all over¬†the world are still working together on understanding more¬†about the Higgs boson and its consequences for the fundamental physics of the universe.
Victoria Martin is a reader in particle physics at the University of Edinburgh, and researcher on the ATLAS experiment at the CERN LHC and the CLIC detector & physics project.

 

Reinhard Prix – The ‚ÄúSound‚ÄĚ of the Universe: First Detection of Gravitational Waves and Beyond¬†

A burst of gravitational waves that was emitted in the final moments of the merger of two black holes 1.3 billion years ago passed through the two LIGO detectors on Sept 14, 2015.
This event resulted in the first direct detection of gravitational waves (announced on Feb 11, 2016), and marked the beginning of the new era of gravitational-wave as-
tronomy.¬†Gravitational waves provide us with a whole new window into the universe, by allowing us to ‚Äúhear‚ÄĚ the motion¬†of massive objects, informing us about events and properties that are inaccessible otherwise. They also allow new¬†and more stringent tests of Einstein‚Äôs theory of gravitation.

In this talk he will describe the first detection, the current status and the bright future prospects of gravitational-wave astronomy.

 

Karin Everschor-Sitte ¬†–¬†Topological Materials
Karin Everschor-Sitte studied Mathematics and Physics at the University of Cologne from 2003 to 2009, and was a member of the Bonn Cologne Graduate School of Physics until 2012. After a scholarship of the German Telekom Foundation
and a stay abroad at the University of Texas, she took her postdoc at the Technical University in Munich as well as at the University of Texas.
She was a postdoctoral researcher at the Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz and has been a member of MAINZ, Graduate School of Excellence as well as the head of Emmy Noether group TWIST since 2016. Additionally Karin Everschor-Sitte is Scientific Coordinator of SPICE.
She will give a keynote lecture at the symposium related to latest Nobel Prizes about Topology, Skyrmions and their dynamics.

Karin Everschor-Sitte as speaker at the symposium!

Karin Everschor-Sitte studied Mathematics and Physics at the University of Cologne from 2003 to 2009, and was a member of the Bonn-Cologne Graduate School of Physics until 2012. After a scholarship of the German Telekom Foundation and a stay abroad at the University of Texas, she took her postdoc at the Technical University in Munich as well as at the University of Texas.
She was a postdoctoral researcher at the Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz and has been a member of MAINZ, Graduate School of Excellence as well as the head of Emmy Noether group TWIST since 2016. Additionally Karin Everschor-Sitte is Scientific Coordinator of SPICE.
She will give a key-note lecture at the symposium related to latest Nobel Prizes about
Topology, Skyrmions and their dynamics.

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Here’s an interesting video explaining their work, check it out: https://youtu.be/iNN1qhjS4J8

 

Preliminaries are nearly over!

On the 16th February three preliminaries spanning three time zones took place to determine which teams will be participating in the PLANCKS competition at the end of May. In Lisbon, Vienna and Bucharest twelve teams  (five from Portugal, three from Austria and four from Romania) simultaneously proofed their suitability by solving the complicated tasks. Teams consisted of four people (just like at PLANCKS) and they had a few hours to solve the problems in order to qualify for PLANCKS. Just a few days afterwards the Netherlands and Italy had their joined preliminary, and also Croatia and the UK have already determined the teams they will be sending to Austria in May. To get an idea of how this went down, check out the photos below:

SAMSUNG CSC

Travel fund for non-European

In order to support those teams who live not next to the competition site (non-europeans) and thanks to the financial support of our sponsors the organizing committee decided to create a travel award.

Registration is open from now on till 9th of April for teams from non European countries (if you don’t know if you live in an European country, just check this definition on Wikipedia or contact us per email ;).

We have four travel awards of 500‚ā¨ each dedicated to those teams (one 500‚ā¨ award per winning team) who send us the best videos.
So all you have to do is gather your team mates and tell us in a short video (e.g. ~ 3 Minutes), who you are, where you are from, why you want to participate in PLANCKS, what do you expect and how do you prepare for it – and be creative ūüôā
Please upload the video (for instance on Facebook) with the hashtag #plancks2017 and send us a link.

We will screen all received videos and will announce the winners presumably on April the 12th.

Just go for it ūüėČ

Reinhard Prix about gravitational waves

Reinhard Prix
Senior scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institut – AEI), Hannover. As an alumni of both universities in Graz he is looking forward to give a talk about gravitational waves at the symposium.

His main research area today is the development and implementation of data-analysis methods for the search for continuous gravitational waves from spinning neutron stars. He is one of the core developers and scientist of the Einstein@Home project to search for gravitational waves and electromagnetic emission from neutron stars.

As a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, Reinhard also contributed to the discovery of the first gravitational wave signal (GW150914), in particular to characterizing the ringdown signal following the merger.