Berlin, November 10, 2016 -- Leveraging the petascale computing power of GCS HPC (High Performance Computing) systems Hazel Hen of HLRS (High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart), SuperMUC of LRZ (Leibniz Supercomputing Centre, Garching/Munich) and JUQUEEN, hosted at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC), an international team of researchers under leadership of Professor Zoltán Fodor of the Bergische Universität Wuppertal achieved a major break-through in the ongoing quest of profiling dark matter. The spectacular findings, which were published on November 2, 2016 in the highly regarded NATURE magazine, were given additional honour by the Editorial Board of NATURE by adding the paper to the prestigious "News and Views" section of the magazine. This resulted in a stir of interest throughout the community of international scientific and general media.
The international team of physicists representing the University of Wuppertal, the Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ) and the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest had applied extensive and highly demanding calculations on the GCS HPC systems in their pursuit of describing a layout of the particles of the mysterious dark matter. Applying extensions to the Standard Model of particle physics enabled the scientists, among other things, to predict the likely mass of the axion, the hypothetical elementary particle to resolve the strong charge parity problem in quantum chromodynamics (QCD).
The participants representing the FZJ in this spectacular science project comprised JSC based physicists: Prof. Dr. Kalman Szabo and his Helmholtz research group "Nuclear and particle physics" were core members of the team achieving this major findings in the field of Elementary Particle Physics.