The electron accelerator MAMI (MAinz MIcrotron) is one of the 5 european infrastructures for hadron physics research supported by the European Commission in the Transnational  Access program of the 7th framework  HadronPhysics3.

Scientifically exciting aspects of our research project

The most challenging task of physics is to study and understand, how matter is composed from the elementary building blocks, the quarks and gluons, and what their structure and the acting strong forces are. Since quarks and gluons are never observed in isolation, the hadrons (2 or 3 quarks bound together by gluons) are the basic observable objects in nature. Therefore, they are of utmost importance for the basic research and our understanding of more complex systems like atomic nuclei.  So far we only have a fragmentary understanding of the strong force and the emerging hadronic systems, which after all constitute more than 99,9% of the visible mass of the universe. An elegant way to study structure and properties of hadrons and nuclei is by scattering energetic electrons or photons off them and observe the details of the scattering process by sophisticated particle detectors. This is exactly what we do at MAMI.  MAMI is distinguished by its outstanding beam quality and reliability of operation and is one of the largest experimental facilities in the field of hadron and nuclear physics in Europe operated by a university.

Who is participating?

The scientific research at MAMI is organized in large international collaborations with participating scientists from all over the world and an efficient crew of technicians and scientists to operate the accelerator.  At present we have collaborators from institutions of many European countries, United States, Canada, Russia, China, and others.

With the help of the Transnational  Access program (TA MAMI) we are able to offer and facilitate access to our research infrastructure to scientists and technicians from European and associated countries.

What do you want to achieve with this activity?

We want to attract new collaborators from the European Union and other associated countries who are interested in hadron and nuclear physics with the electromagnetic probe and who want to join in the effort of unravelling the structure and properties of hadrons and nuclei.

In which way will TA MAMI eventually benefit society?

Fundamental research of today is the seed for revolutionary technical applications of tomorrow with tremendous benefit, as is impressively documented in numerous examples, e.g. in nuclear physics applications in medicine, biology, material science, archaeology and other fields.
But there is more to fundamental research than future revenue. Knowledge, education and rationality are pillars of any modern society. They are a prerequisite for exchanging ideas, understanding each other and working together. The TA program in particular is an ideal tool to support and foster this aspect. In this sense our society benefits already right now.

Why should a young person choose to study science and why should they do so in  Europe?

Occupation with science is the basic prerequisite for economic and cultural evolution and progress of our society. It is mandatory that many young persons take the chance to carry on and expand our scientific knowledge.

Especially in Europe students will find an intense accumulation of universities, scientific institutions, laboratories, and scientists working on the frontier of science. The European science funding program strengthens the collaboration between the institutions and scientists and creates a stimulating working atmosphere for young students.
In the special case of experimental facilities like MAMI, a student has the chance of learning hands-on about all the aspects of large-scale experiments in hadron and nuclear physics, from accelerator physics to detector design and construction, data acquisition, computer simulation and data analysis. Due to the complex experimental setups, training in this field is very broad, and the students learn international teamwork and communication skills. Usually, the students have excellent career and job opportunities.


The HadronPhysics3 project is supported by the European Union
under the 7th Framework Capacities Programme in the area of Research Infrastructures (RI).