Gran Sasso Hands-On PhD School on Astroparticle Physics

A new edition of the Gran Sasso Hands-On PhD School on Astroparticle Physics  will be held at the National Gran Sasso Laboratory (L’Aquila, Italy) from the 25th of September till the 6th of October 2023. The School is jointly organized by the National Gran Sasso  Laboratory (LNGS), the Department of Physical and Chemical Sciences of the University of L’Aquila and the Gran Sasso Science Institute and designed for graduate students and early-career researchers who are interested in pursuing research in Experimental Astroparticle Physics.

Topics covered will include: General Relativity, Cosmic-ray physics, Dark matter searches, Neutrino physics, Nuclear astrophysics, Space-based detectors .

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Applications must be received by April 15, 2023.



La División de Física Teórica y de Partículas (DFTP) de la Real Sociedad Española de Física (RSEF), queriendo reconocer el trabajo desarrollado en España por los investigadores jóvenes de su ámbito de conocimiento, convoca el IV Premio DFTP para tesis doctorales presentadas oficialmente durante el año 2021 en cualquiera de las universidades españolas. El premio presenta dos modalidades independientes:  a la mejor tesis doctoral en Física Teórica y a la mejor tesis doctoral en Física Experimental.


Charla de G. Raffelt: «Stars as Particle-Physics Laboratories: Old Ideas and New Developments»

Georg G. Raffelt, Max-Planck-Institut für Physik. His research is in the areas of theoretical astroparticle physics and cosmology. In particular, it revolves around weakly interacting particles (neutrinos, the hypothetical axion, or weakly interacting dark matter candidates), their role in astrophysics and cosmology.


Charla de Miguel A. Pérez Torres: «SKA: the mother of all radio telescopes»


Miguel Á. Pérez Torres, research scientist at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC, Granada, Spain) and collaborator of the DFTUZ

Abstract The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project is an international effort to build the world’s largest radio telescope. The SKA is expected to conduct transformational science to improve our understanding of the Universe and the laws of fundamental physics, monitoring the sky in unprecedented detail and mapping it many times faster than any current facility.
The SKA  will not be a single telescope, but a collection of telescopes spread over long distances in the Southern Hemisphere. In this talk, I will give an overview of the SKA project and its science goals, which range from the cradle of life in exoplanets up to shedding light on the Epoch of Reionization and the Dark Ages of the Universe.


«La física del Universo», cursos extraordinarios de la Universidad de Zaragoza en Jaca


Curso extraordinario organizado por el CAPA del 18/07/2022 al 20/07/2022 y coordinado por  Theopisti Dafni y Eduardo Follana Adín.

El reto con el que se encuentra actualmente la física fundamental, tras el descubrimiento del Higgs, que completa el modelo estándar, es la física más allá de dicho modelo, necesaria para entender y describir la
energía oscura, la materia oscura, y las oscilaciones de neutrinos. Cada vez más la sociedad se interesa por los avances en la física fundamental y la tecnología que apoya sus experimentos. El objetivo del curso es dar una pequeña introducción de temas relacionados con la Física del Universo, proporcionando los conceptos básicos y el estado actual de nuestros conocimientos. Parte de los objetivos consisten en difundir los conceptos fundamentales, para que éstos puedan incorporarse a programas docentes de diferentes niveles educativos preuniversitarios.


Charla de Tomislav Terzić : «Measuring Lorentz invariance violation with Cherenkov telescopes – from observations to setting constraints»

Cherenkov telescopes are instruments optimized for detection of very high energy (VHE, E > 100 GeV) gamma rays from astrophysics sources. They play a crucial role in testing possible consequences of Quantum Gravity (QG), such as violation or deformation of Lorentz symmetry. In both cases, the photon dispersion relation is modified, making the photon group velocity energy dependent, and possibly modifying kinematics and dynamics of electromagnetic interactions. These tiny effects are vastly below the sensitivity of present-day laboratories. However, if real, they could be measured using VHE gamma rays of astrophysical origin. Cosmological distances that they cross serve as a natural amplifier for the QG effects. While no deviations from the special relativistic predictions have been detected, strong constraints have been set on modified photon dispersion relations.
In this session we will explain the process of testing implications of modified photon dispersion relations on VHE gamma rays using Cherenkov telescopes. We will cover different stages from observations, Cherenkov telescopes’ data analysis, statistical methods employed, and finally setting constraints on the QG energy scale.

Jueves 12 mayo, 12 horas, seminario de Física Nuclear, on-line  (Google Meet)


Charla de Diego Blas: «Soundscape of gravitational waves: a new tool to access the fundamental blocks of the Universe»

Diego Blas is a researcher at UAB (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona) and IFAE (Instituto de Física de Altas Energías). His research interests are in theoretical physics, gravitation and cosmology.

Abstract: In this talk, current and future efforts to detect gravitational waves from Earth and space observatories will be reviewed. Diego will also emphasise the physical consequences of these searchers, in particular regarding fundamental physics (primordial cosmology, dark matter, modified gravity…)

Viernes 6 mayo, 12 horas, seminario de Física Nuclear. On-line (Google-meet)

Charla de Diego Blas (cartel)