On 17 January 2013, an event was held to officially mark the foundation of the new JARA-FAME (Forces and Matter Experiments).
JARA-FAME is concerned with basic physical research in the field of nuclear and particle physics, and aims to investigate and improve our understanding of matter-antimatter asymmetry in the universe. This asymmetry ultimately holds the key to our existence.
FAME will initially rest on two pillars: For one, it will host the new JEDI project (Jülich Electric Dipole Moment Investigation), which will be coordinated, planned and implemented by both JARA partners. Its second pillar is the AMS experiment currently in progress on the International Space Station (ISS), in which Aachen is already actively involved. Under JARA, Jülich will play a leading role in strengthening AMS and linking it to the PANDA experiment at FAIR (Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research). As well as theoretical work that will support experiments with model predictions and aid interpretation of the results, the new section will focus on the interdisciplinary topics of detector development and data processing.
The directors of the new section are Prof. Dr. Rudolf Maier from the Nuclear Physics Institute at Forschungszentrum Jülich and Prof. Dr. Achim Stahl from the Institute of Physics (IIIB) at RWTH Aachen University. Dr. Wolfgang Schroeder from Corporate Development at Forschungszentrum Jülich is the managing director.
Nobel Laureate Prof. Samuel C. C. Ting from Massachusetts Institute of Technology was guest speaker at the event, providing the some 250 guests with insights into the AMS experiment on the International Space Station (ISS).
Prof. Ting also announced that JARA-FAME would be more closely involved in the AMS experiment in the future.