Astroparticle physics

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Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode WBPH036-05
Vaknaam Astroparticle physics
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II a

Uitgebreide vaknaam Astroparticle physics
Leerdoelen At the end of the course, the student is able to:
1. differentiate the detection techniques used in the field of astroparticle physics;
2. distinguish the possible sources, acceleration and propagation mechanisms of
“high energy messengers”;
3. examine the evidence for the existence of dark matter, and differentiate the
possible candidates for particle dark matter;
4. apply the above mentioned skills to appraise the “high energy messengers” data.
Omschrijving Astroparticle physics is a rapidly growing field at the boundary between astrophysics, cosmology and particle physics. In particular, over the past few years the multi-messenger astrophysics emerged as a tool to study the high energy universe.
The students will be introduced to this field, by learning the theoretical models, the experimental results obtained by key experiments, together with open problems and possible future developments.
The origin of cosmic rays, gamma-rays, neutrinos and gravitational waves will be discussed, together with their detection techniques. In the frame of the recent multi-messenger observations the synergies between the different strategies will be discussed. Possible candidate sources for these extremely high-energy particles will be reviewed. The existence of dark matter, its nature and detection strategy will also be addressed in the frame of the multi-messenger astrophysics.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Hoorcollege (LC), Werkcollege (T)
(32 LC, 16 T, self study 92 hrs)
Toetsvorm Opdracht (AST)
(The assessment consists of four assignments with each their own weighing factor.)
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator PhD. M. Vecchi
Docent(en) PhD. M. Vecchi
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Astroparticle Physics; Springer, December 2005. Claus Grupen 978-3-540-27670-8
Entreevoorwaarden The course unit assumes prior knowledge acquired from.
o Mechanics and Relativity 1 (NAMR1-10, bachelor, prodedeuse),
o Electricity and Magnetism I (NAEM105E, bachelor, prodedeuse),
o Electricity and Magnetism II (NABBEM05E, bachelor) ,
o Quantum Physics 1 (NAKF1-11, bachelor),
o Quantum Physics 2 (NAKF2-11, bachelor),
o Calculus 2 (WPMA13001, bachelor, prodedeuse)
o Calculus 3 (WPMA13002, bachelor, prodedeuse)
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
BSc Astronomy  (Major Sterrenkunde) 3 semester II a verplicht
BSc Courses for Exchange Students: Astronomy - Physics - Energy & Environment - semester II a
BSc Mathematics and Physics (double degree) 3 semester II a keuzegroep
BSc Physics  (Track: Particle Physics) 3 semester II a verplicht