School announcement for PhD students

The second edition of the GGI PhD School on:
“Theoretical Aspects of Astroparticle Physics, Cosmology and Gravitation”
The Galileo Galilei Institute of Theoretical Physics
Arcetri, Florence (Italy)
From March 9 to March 20, 2020
is announced. Details can be found at the page:
Applications can be submitted through the same web page and the deadline is January 11, 2020.
The maximum number of attendance is 40 students.
This School aims at providing robust and detailed introductions on the basic theoretical concepts and main tools to work in the field of Astroparticle Physics, Cosmology and Gravitation. The courses are organized as lectures at the blackboard in the morning and are integrated with hands-on and discussion sessions with an instructor in the afternoon.
The program of the 2020 edition is:
“Inflation and primordial black holes” – Lecturer: Chris Byrnes (University of Sussex)
“Sterile neutrinos in physics, astrophysics, cosmology” – Lecturer: Carlo Giunti (INFN and University of Turin)
“Cosmic rays and multimessenger astronomy” – Lecturer: Markus Ahlers (Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen)
“Particle dark matter: WIMPs, axions and axion-like particles” – Lecturer: Laura Covi (University of Goettingen)
The School will profit of the Galileo Galilei Institute facilities. Each student will have office space to study and discuss, with a lot of opportunities to interact with lecturers.
Accommodation in shared apartments will be provided at the cost of about 300 Euros for the whole period. Scholarships to cover this expense are available upon request. Lunch will be provided during the weekdays on the GGI premises for students and lecturers, at no cost. All the dinners and the lunches during the weekends, instead, are to be paid by the participants.
For any inquiry about the school, please write to
Information about the 2019 edition can be found at

Postdoctoral contract for IAXO at CAPA

The IAXO group at CAPA invites excellent young researchers with a recent PhD to apply for a 2(+1) years postdoctoral contract now available in the group, funded by the IAXO+ ERC Advanced Grant. The position is addressed to experimental profiles in astroparticle physics, and the candidate is expected to play an important role in the IAXO experiment. More details on the position can be found here:

Postdoctoral fellowship in CAPA

The High Energy Theory Group at the Center for Astroparticle and High-Energy Physics of the University of Zaragoza (Spain) invites applications for one postdoctoral fellowship in any of the areas of interest of the group (Cosmology and axion physics, lattice gauge theory, physics beyond the standard model, beyond relativistic field theories, quantum gravity phenomenology). Details are given in the attached document.

Inauguración oficial del CAPA, jueves 21 de noviembre de 2019 🗓 🗺


12:00, Sala de Grados de la Facultad de Ciencias

Acto oficial presidido por el Excmo. Sr. Rector de la Universidad de Zaragoza, D. José Antonio Mayoral Murillo. Intervendrán:

  • Dña. María José García Borge, Coordinadora del Área de
    Física de Partículas y Nuclear de la Agencia Estatal de Investigación
  • Luis Alberto Morellón Alquézar, Decano de la Facultad de Ciencias de la Universidad de Zaragoza
  • Manuel Asorey Carballeira, Director del Centro de Astropartículas y Física de Altas Energías (CAPA)

12:45, Aula Magna de la Facultad de Ciencias

Conferencia a cargo del Prof. Antonio Pich Zardoya, Catedrático de Física Teórica de la Universidad de Valencia, IFIC-UV, con el título “El Bosón de Higgs: Una ventana en la frontera del conocimiento

Conferencia de Antonio Pich, “El bosón de Higgs: una ventana en la frontera del conocimiento” 🗓 🗺

El descubrimiento en 2012 del bosón de Higgs, en el “Gran Colisionador de Hadrones” (LHC) del CERN, tiene para la física una relevancia equiparable a la que tuvo el descubrimiento del ADN en biología o la evidencia de la estructura atómica y molecular en química. Desde el punto de vista tecnológico supone un hito comparable a la llegada del hombre a la Luna, pero sus repercusiones científicas son mucho más importantes. Una hipótesis teórica, formulada en 1964 para poder entender las masas de los constituyentes elementales de la materia, se confirmaba 48 años más tarde como un ingrediente tangible del mundo real: un nuevo campo de fuerzas que puede hacer encajar las últimas piezas del llamado “Modelo Estándar” de las interacciones fundamentales y, quizás, abrir una ventana a nuevos fenómenos de naturaleza insospechada. El LHC, una auténtica maravilla tecnológica, sigue explorando las fronteras actuales del conocimiento y, en particular, las propiedades del campo de Higgs. Estamos inmersos en una etapa apasionante de investigación científica que puede deparar grandes sorpresas.

Jan Schütte-Enge, “Axion dark matter direct detection: Present and Future” 🗓 🗺

Axions are hypothetical particles introduced to solve the strong CP problem of the Standard Model. In addition axions can resolve the dark matter mystery. In this talk I will first discuss the interesting axion mass ranges which current and future direct detection experiments are targeting. I will then focus on two different detection techniques for dark matter axions. First I will discuss open axion haloscopes, such as dish antennas and dielectric haloscopes. We developed two calculation techniques to compute the fields in open axion haloscopes explicitly in 3D. These 3D techniques are needed for a reliable sensitivity estimate. I show how one can use our methods to calculate axion velocity effects and the influence of several experimental imperfections. The second part of my talk deals with axions that are realized in condensed matter systems. I will first outline an idea how one can detect them. Finally I discuss how axions, that are realized in condensed matter systems, can be used to detect dark matter axions

Ponente: Jan Schütte-Enge (Universidad de Hamburgo)