Susanne Mertens

Prof. Dr. rer. nat.

20092024

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Prof. Mertens field of research is the area of Astroparticle Physics. The neutrino is the most abundant known matter particle in the universe. Yet, some of its fundamental properties are still uknown. What is the mass of the neutrino? Is is its own antiparticle? Are there more neutrino types? The answer to these questions will help to better understand our universe and its smallest constituents. Prof. Mertens is working on laboratory-based experiments to discover these neutrino properties. 

Prof. Mertens studied at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, where she also did her PhD. Following her graduation she spend 4 years in the US at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as a postdoc. Since 2016 Prof. Mertens is leading an independent Max Planck Research Group. Since the same time she worked as tenure track professer at TUM and since 2021 she was appointed Assistant Professor at TUM. Prof. Mertens was appointed university professor in May 2022.

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  • Exotic Dark Matter Search with the Majorana Demonstrator

    Arnquist, I. J., Avignone, F. T., Barabash, A. S., Barton, C. J., Bhimani, K. H., Blalock, E., Bos, B., Busch, M., Buuck, M., Caldwell, T. S., Chan, Y. D., Christofferson, C. D., Chu, P. H., Clark, M. L., Cuesta, C., Detwiler, J. A., Efremenko, Y., Ejiri, H., Elliott, S. R., Giovanetti, G. K., & 40 othersGreen, M. P., Gruszko, J., Guinn, I. S., Guiseppe, V. E., Haufe, C. R., Henning, R., Hervas Aguilar, D., Hoppe, E. W., Hostiuc, A., Kidd, M. F., Kim, I., Kouzes, R. T., Lannen V, T. E., Li, A., Lopez, A. M., López-Castaño, J. M., Martin, E. L., Martin, R. D., Massarczyk, R., Meijer, S. J., Mertens, S., Oli, T. K., Othman, G., Paudel, L. S., Pettus, W., Poon, A. W. P., Radford, D. C., Rager, J., Reine, A. L., Rielage, K., Ruof, N. W., Schaper, D. C., Tedeschi, D., Varner, R. L., Vasilyev, S., Wilkerson, J. F., Wiseman, C., Xu, W., Yu, C. H. & Zhu, B. X., 26 Jan 2024, In: Physical Review Letters. 132, 4, 041001.

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  • Calorimeter calibration of the ComPol CubeSat gamma-ray polarimeter

    Cojocari, I., Meier, M., Laurent, P., Laviron, A., Arrigucci, M., Carminati, M., Deda, G., Fiorini, C., Geigenberger, K., Glas, C., Greiner, J., Hindenberger, P., King, P., Lechner, P., Losekamm, M., Mertens, S., Meßmann, D., Rückerl, S., Toscano, L., Walter, U., & 1 othersWillers, M., 11 Jan 2023, In: Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment. 1046, 167662.

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    2 Scopus citations
  • Charge trapping correction and energy performance of the Majorana Demonstrator

    Majorana Collaboration, Apr 2023, In: Physical Review C. 107, 4, 045503.

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    3 Scopus citations
  • Final Result of the Majorana Demonstrator 's Search for Neutrinoless Double- β Decay in Ge 76

    (Majorana Collaboration), 10 Feb 2023, In: Physical Review Letters. 130, 6, 062501.

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    37 Scopus citations
  • Search for keV-scale sterile neutrinos with the first KATRIN data

    Aker, M., Batzler, D., Beglarian, A., Behrens, J., Berlev, A., Besserer, U., Bieringer, B., Block, F., Bobien, S., Bornschein, B., Bornschein, L., Böttcher, M., Brunst, T., Caldwell, T. S., Chilingaryan, S., Choi, W., Debowski, K., Descher, M., Barrero, D. D., Doe, P. J., & 110 othersDragoun, O., Drexlin, G., Edzards, F., Eitel, K., Ellinger, E., Engel, R., Enomoto, S., Felden, A., Formaggio, J. A., Fränkle, F. M., Franklin, G. B., Friedel, F., Fulst, A., Gauda, K., Gavin, A. S., Gil, W., Glück, F., Grössle, R., Gumbsheimer, R., Hannen, V., Haußmann, N., Helbing, K., Hickford, S., Hiller, R., Hillesheimer, D., Hinz, D., Höhn, T., Houdy, T., Huber, A., Jansen, A., Karl, C., Kellerer, J., Kleifges, M., Klein, M., Köhler, C., Köllenberger, L., Kopmann, A., Korzeczek, M., Kovalík, A., Krasch, B., Krause, H., La Cascio, L., Lasserre, T., Le, T. L., Lebeda, O., Lehnert, B., Lokhov, A., Machatschek, M., Malcherek, E., Mark, M., Marsteller, A., Martin, E. L., Melzer, C., Mertens, S., Mostafa, J., Müller, K., Neumann, H., Niemes, S., Oelpmann, P., Parno, D. S., Poon, A. W. P., Poyato, J. M. L., Priester, F., Ráliš, J., Ramachandran, S., Robertson, R. G. H., Rodejohann, W., Rodenbeck, C., Röllig, M., Röttele, C., Ryšavý, M., Sack, R., Saenz, A., Salomon, R., Schäfer, P., Schimpf, L., Schlösser, M., Schlösser, K., Schlüter, L., Schneidewind, S., Schrank, M., Schwemmer, A., Šefǧík, M., Sibille, V., Siegmann, D., Slezák, M., Spanier, F., Steidl, M., Sturm, M., Telle, H. H., Thorne, L. A., Thümmler, T., Titov, N., Tkachev, I., Urban, K., Valerius, K., Vénos, D., Hernández, A. P. V., Weinheimer, C., Welte, S., Wendel, J., Wetter, M., Wiesinger, C., Wilkerson, J. F., Wolf, J., Wüstling, S., Wydra, J., Xu, W., Zadoroghny, S. & Zeller, G., Aug 2023, In: European Physical Journal C. 83, 8, 763.

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    3 Scopus citations