PANDA at Uppsala University
The strong interaction is the force that binds quarks into hadrons and the residuals of this force hold nuclei and thus matter together. Although the theory of the strong force, Quantum ChromoDynamics (QCD), has been around for several decades, fundamental questions about the nature of this force are still open, such as the trapping of the quarks into the hadrons and the generation of hadron mass. The PANDA detector at the high-energy-storage ring (HESR) at the upcoming accelerator facility FAIR at GSI in Darmstadt, Germany, is being built to adress these questions.
We at the Division of Nuclear Physics at Uppsala University play an active role in the development of PANDA. Our work is both detector oriented towards the development of a pellet target and the electromagnetic calorimeter as well as physics simulations to investigate the possibilities for studying antihyperon–hyperon physics and search for exotic states. If you want to learn more about what we do, or if you would even like to work with us, please do not hesitate to contact any of us!