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Wolfgang Pauli Centre

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The Wolfgang Pauli Centre (WPC) unites the various theory groups of Hamburg University and DESY in the areas of particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology, mathematical physics, condensed matter, quantum optics and chemical physics.

The WPC is named after the theoretical physicist Wolfgang Pauli. From 1923 to 1928 he taught physics at the University of Hamburg. During Pauli's years in Hamburg, quantum mechanics was invented, and Pauli was one of the key players in this process, in close contact and collaboration with Bohr, Born, Heisenberg and others.

This period was scientifically very fruitful, with pioneering work on the anomalous Zeeman effect, electron spin and Pauli equation, and the electron gas in metals. In 1925 Pauli published his work on the "exclusion principle" for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize 20 years later. In addition to research, the training of graduate students is a key goal of the WPC. The WPC supports new ideas at the intersection of the present research fields with workshops and special lectures by visiting professors. An annual Wolfgang-Pauli-Lecture by a non-tenured researcher promotes distinguished young theorists.

Research Groups

Jennifer Popp
Particle and Astroparticle Physics
Leonardo Ranasinghe
Linda Vanessa Thesing
Photon Science
Ángel Ferran Pousa
Event Calendar
08 Sep. 2022 to 27 Oct. 2022
Chaired by: Stefanie Tepass (PIER (PIER))
Location: DESY Campus Bahrenfeld
Room: Building 3, Room SRBAH2
04 Oct. 2022 - 13:15
Speaker: David Canelo (Helmholtz-Zentrum hereon GmbH)
Location: Online
04 Oct. 2022 - 16:00
Chaired by: Carl Mikael Berggren (FLC (FTX Fachgruppe SLB)) ; Juergen Reuter (T (Phenomenology))
Location: DESY Hamburg
Room: Seminar Room 2, Bldg. 2a
05 Oct. 2022 to 07 Oct. 2022
Speaker: Carl Mikael Berggren (FLC (FTX Fachgruppe SLB)) ; Daniel Jeans (KEK) et al.
Location: DESY Hamburg
Room: Auditorium
05 Oct. 2022 to 07 Oct. 2022
Location: Maritim Hotel, Timmendorfer Strand
Room: ball room
05 Oct. 2022 to 07 Oct. 2022
Location: DESY
Room: Auditorium
05 Oct. 2022 - 09:00
Chaired by: Mirko Siemssen (PIER (PIER))
Location: link will follow
Room: online
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