Matthias Schott receives ERC Consolidator Grant for searches for axions

Data from the Large Hadron Collider at CERN can help to find axions

University Press release

Axions are hypothetical elementary particles that physicists initially postulated to solve a theoretical inadequacy of the strong interaction, the so-called strong CP problem. In recent years, however, it has emerged that axions or axion-like particles (ALPs) could also solve other puzzles of modern physics: They are considered promising candidates for dark matter and could also cause the theory-experiment discrepancy for the value of the abnormal magnetic moments of the muon.

This search can now begin: The European Research Council (ERC) supports the project "Search for Axion-Like-Particles at the LHC - Light @ LHC" with an ERC Consolidator Grant for Prof. Dr. Matthias Schott in the amount of more than 1.5 million euros. The project will be realized over the next five years at the PRISMA+ Cluster of Excellence at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.

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