Graduate School – Particle Detectors

With the graduate school “Particle Detectors for future Experiments – from Concept to Operation”, we aim to educate a new generation of experimental physicists, that are not only experts in one particular technology, but also have a broad experience in detector physics and a good overview over modern technologies, standards and methods required today.

The University of Mainz is known worldwide not only for the availability of local research infrastructure, but also for its leading role in a wide range of experiments in the fields of particle, astro-particle, and nuclear physics. The Cluster of Excellence PRISMA+ in Mainz enables the design and construction of new detector components for numerous future experiments. In particular, gas-based microstructure detectors, scintillators and calorimeter systems as well as FPGA-based trigger and readout systems are developed and constructed in Mainz and have been an essential part in various experiments. With the PRISMA Detector Laboratory, the Cluster features a central hub of engineers, physicists, and technicians providing and collecting expertise as well as sharing advanced facilities for development, testing, and production of particle detectors and electronics.

The Research Training Group (RTG) or short - the graduate school -  aims at a balance between the individual research project and a training and lecture program. This training concept includes the construction of a new experiment at the MAMI accelerator, a specialized workshop program on modern detector technologies, a summer-school with special theory lectures for experimental physicists as well as a long-term research stay at a foreign research institution. This concept shapes a new generation of experimental hadron, particle and astro-particle physicists, who are not only specialists in their own field of research, but generalists that have basic skills in several aspects of modern detector technologies.