The identification of novel exotic particles and their interpretation in the framework of the theory of the strong interaction requires highly precise experimental data. These are obtained in the PANDA experiment by the interaction of antiproton beams of unique quality worldwide with specially developed particle detectors.
Central hardware elements for the PANDA core program of "Day-One" physics are in particular the electromagnetic calorimeter, the micro-vertex detector, the Cherenkov detector for particle identification in the forward range, and specialized elements for data acquisition for fast acquisition and analysis of extremely high data streams.
These activities are complementary to the PANDA hardware component program pursued at HI Mainz, but often result in high synergies. This is because, in experimental operation, these detector components will enable the identification and precise investigation of exotic particles in the spectrum of QCD in the range of (multi-)strange systems as well as the investigation of (multi-)strange nucleons and hypernuclei in the first place. Theoretical simulations with methods of lattice QCD, effective field theories and functional approaches will support the planning of the experiments and will contribute significantly to the interpretation of the obtained data.