SFB42 organised an intradisciplinary studygroup and artistic ethnographic trip to the LNGS Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso (the largest underground laboratory in the world) together with Jol Thoms and Physicists from the SFB1258, TUM.

Artists and Physicists produced common epistemic objects (TRANSOBJECTS) and presented them within a performative event at Reaktorhalle Munich in Ferbruary 2019.

The trip included a day in the LNGS with LabVisits to the three experiments BOREXINO, GERDA and CRESST. These experiments are working on the research about dark matter, neutrinos and cosmic messengers. We also organise two hikes to Gran Sasso mountain and a visit to the nearby town of L’Aquila and the medieval village of Assergi. This collective experience was the starting point for the production of joint objects, realised during a production phase from December 2018 to the end of February 2019.


Date: 29-31 Oct 2018
Location: AdBK, Gartenhaus
Participants: AdBK Students, SFB1258/TUM Physicists

Directed by Jol Thoms and supported by SFB42. Collective preparation in a three-day workshop Performative exercises are accompanied by an introduction to the scientific background by Prof. Dr. Stefan Schönert.

Date: 25-29 Nov 2018
Location: LNGS, Gran Sasso, L´Aquila
Participants: Studygroup

Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso (the largest underground laboratory in the world).  Located in the Gran Sasso Mountain.


CRESSTSearching for Dark Matter

With the CRESST experiment – Cyronic Rare Event Search with Superconducting Thermometers, physicists from around Europe are searching for a new form of matter, the Dark Matter. This is believed to be the missing matter of the universe. To search for Dark Matter, detectors operating at very low temperatures have been developed, where particle interactions can heat up the detectors strongly enough in order to be detected.

GERDA Are neutrinos identical to their antiparticles?

Next to photons, neutrinos are the most abundant particles in the universe and therefore influence it sustainably. Still, they are almost undetectable to us since they interact with matter extremely weakly.

Their most remarkable feature is currently only an assumption and still awaits verification: neutrinos could be their own antiparticles. This property would confirm theoretical preconceptions and would significantly change our current understanding of the structure of matter and of the development of the universe. The GERDA experiment (GERmanium Detector Array) should get to the bottom of this hypothesis.

BOREXINOa deep look into the sun

Borexino - BORon solar neutrino EXperiment – is a solar neutrino real time experiment makes use of the neutrino-electron scattering reaction to detect neutrinos emitted from the Sun. Besides the possibility to study the intrinsic properties of neutrinos, they also provide an exceptional way to look deep into the nuclear reactions of our sun. BOREXINO is part of the Super Nova Early Warning System.