Research



PIER concentrates on four pioneering research fields and two areas of expertise that form interdisciplinary networks between the research fields

Research Fields

Particle & Astroparticle Physics

Through the partnership of Universität Hamburg (UHH) and DESY, Hamburg is internationally recognized as one of the most powerful and prestigious locations for High Energy Physics.

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Infection and Structural Biology

Universität Hamburg and the University Hospital (UKE) are currently establishing an interdisciplinary research area whose focus is on “global and newly occurring infections”.

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Photon Science

The research location Hamburg boasts a globally unique constellation of complementary expertise in the closely interrelated fields: laser physics, quantum optics, short-time physics, X-ray physics and atomic, molecular physics. All of these fields are heavily involved in photon research.

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Nanoscience

The research into nanomaterials in Hamburg focuses on both the synthesis and the non-destructive analysis and study of new kinds of functional materials and their molecular processes under conditions of environmental, technological and industrial relevance.

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Competence Fields

Theoretical Physics

The Wolfgang Pauli Centre (WPC) unites the various theoretical physics research groups that are working on particle and astroparticle physics, cosmology, mathematical physics, condensed matter, quantum optics and chemical physics at Universität Hamburg and DESY.

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Accelerators

The DESY research centre is one of the world’s leading institutes when it comes to building and operating large particle accelerators. DESY and Universität Hamburg have been closely collaborating on accelerator research for decades.

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PIER Helmholtz Graduate School

Travel grants, language and soft skill courses, career training, helpdesk and more services for PhD Students of Universität Hamburg and DESY.

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