Prof. Dr Miriam Fritsch

Prof. Dr Miriam Fritsch

Experimental physics, especially physics of hadrons and nuclei

NB 2/131
Tel.: +49 234 32 23541



One of the central questions of physics is the composition of matter. Especially in the field of hadrons, which includes protons and neutrons, some phenomena are still unexplained. Quantum chromodynamics (QCD), the theoretical description of the strong interaction, is in good agreement with most of the measurement results. However, neither QCD itself nor effective theories or calculations within the framework of lattice QCD are able to assign all the states found so far and to elucidate their internal structure.

Besides the improvement of the theoretical description on the part of theoretical physics, it is important, on the one hand, to search for new predicted or non-predicted states. On the other hand, in order to confirm or exclude theoretical descriptions, it is necessary to precisely measure the states that are found. Energy scan measurements allow the precise determination of the mass and width of states, while partial wave analysis enables the extraction of additional properties such as spin and parity.

In order to improve the database, I have joined forces with colleagues worldwide to set up the PANDA experiment in Darmstadt and, in parallel, to analyse the data from the BESIII experiment in Beijing.

The person



Doctorate (Dr. rer. nat.) (hadron physics)
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Dissertation: Associated strandedness production in the reactions pp ® K+Λpand
® K+Σ0pat the COSY time-of-flight spectrometer.


Diploma in Biology (Zoology, Minors: Biochemistry, Radiation Biology and Physics),
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Diploma thesis: Selective phonotaxis in Tettigonia cantans: characterisation
of temporal pattern recognition


Diploma in Physics (Experimental Nuclear and Particle Physics)
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Diploma thesis: Physical and radiobiological measurements for radiation therapy
with protons

Professional career

Since 2016 W2 Professor at the Institute for Experimental Physics,
AG Hadrons and Nuclei, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
2011 - 2016 Head of the Helmholtz Young Investigators Group PALUMA, Institute of Nuclear Physics
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and Helmholtz Institute Mainz
2008 - 2010 Institute of Nuclear Physics, member of Achim Denig's group,
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
2006 - 2008 Institute for Experimental Physics, member of Achim Denig's Emmy Noether Group, University of Karlsruhe
2004 - 2008 Visiting Scientist at SLAC, Stanford, California
2002 - 2006 Institute of Experimental Physics I, member of the group of
Helmut Koch, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
1997 - 2002 Institute of Physics IV, member of the group of
Wolfgang Eyrich, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Projects of my working group

PANDA experiment at FAIR, Darmstadt

  • Design and construction of the luminosity detector
  • Determination of luminosity
  • Data recording system
  • Detector control system
  • Simulation studies for charmonium spectroscopy

BESIII Experiment at IHEP, Beijing, China

  • Search for Charmonia and exotic states
  • Interpretation of baryonic final states
  • Measurement of open charm decays
  • Particle identification

Development of a Common Partial Wave Analysis Framework (ComPWA)

Development of monolithic silicon pixel sensors (HV-MAPS)

  • Characterisations
  • Implementation of a dE/dx measurement
  • Improving the time resolution

Polarised targets for COMPASS, CB@ELSA and A2@MAMI

Collaborations, functions and projects

Since 2018 PANDA Management Board
Since 2017 Reviewer Helmholtz Association
Since 2016 Reviewer DFG
Since 2015 Referee Physics Letters B
Since 2014 PANDA Collaboration Board
Since 2013 Member of the BESIII Collaboration
Since 2011 HV MAPS development
Since 2011 Project Management Development ComPWA
Since 2009 PANDA Technical Board
Since 2009 System Manager PANDA Luminosity Detector
Since 2008 Member of the PANDA Collaboration
Since 2002 Member of the BaBar Collaboration
2017 - 2018 PANDA Speakers Committee Deputy Chair/Chair
2013 Organisation of the Summer School School on Concepts of Modern Amplitude Analysis Techniques, Flecken-Zechlin
2010 - 2016 Deputy SPECF Section Leader at the Helmholtz Institute Mainz
2007 - 2009 Project Manager BaBar@GridKa
2008 - 2009 Member of the ENC Study Group
1996 - 2003 Member of the COSY-TOF Collaboration
1996 - 1998 Member of the COSY 11 Collaboration
1995 - 2005 Radiobiological experiments on radiation therapy with protons
1994 - 1996 Member of the COSY-MED Collaboration
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