Research unit Astroparticle Physics

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The research in the field of Astroparticle Physics at KVI-CART focuses on the study of the sky map of the high-energy Universe, addressing the unknown origin of cosmic rays at the highest energies. Cosmic rays are a collective name for a variety of subatomic particles that are continuously bombarding the outer layers of the Earth’s atmosphere. While the Sun is a well-known source of low-energy cosmic rays, the origin of particles with energies in excess of 1012 eV is still an open question. Supernovae explosions, for instance, are commonly believed to be the source of cosmic rays with energies up to 1015 eV, but so far it has not been possible to prove this observationally. Beyond this energy domain cosmic-ray particles must originate from unknown extragalactic sources at very large distances. Some of these particles are reaching energies well in excess of the highest energies that can be produced in the most advanced man-made particle accelerators. In fact, cosmic rays are the only observed ultra-high energy (UHE) particles on Earth, i.e. with energies in excess of 1016 eV. Still, the acceleration mechanism(s) leading to such ultra-high energies and their sources remain largely unknown.

  1. A method to stabilise the performance of negatively fed KM3NeT photomultipliers

    K3MNet Collaboration Dec-2016 In : Journal of Instrumentation. 11, 12 p., 12014

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. First measurement of isoscalar giant resonances in a stored-beam experiment

    Zamora, J. C., Aumann, T., Bagchi, S., Boenig, S., Csatlos, M., Dillmann, I., Dimopoulou, C., Egelhof, P., Eremin, V., Furuno, T., Geissel, H., Gernhaeuserg, R., Harakeh, M. N., Hartig, A. -L., Ilieva, S., Kalantar-Nayestanaki, N., Kiselev, O., Kollmus, H., Kozhuharov, C., Krasznahorkay, A., Kroell, T., Kuilman, M., Litvinov, S., Litvinov, Y. A., Mahjour-Shafiei, M., Mutterer, M., Nagae, D., Najafi, M. A., Nociforo, C., Nolden, F., Popp, U., Rigollet, C., Roy, S., Scheidenberger, C., von Schmid, M., Steck, M., Streicher, B., Stuhl, L., Thuerauf, M., Uesaka, T., Weick, H., Winfield, J. S., Winters, D., Woods, P. J., Yamaguchi, T., Yue, K. & Zenihiro, J. 10-Dec-2016 In : Physics letters b. 763, p. 16-19 4 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  3. The Gaia-ESO Public Spectroscopic Survey

    Gilmore, G., Randich, S., Asplund, M., Binney, J., Bonifacio, P., Drew, J., Feltzing, S., Ferguson, A., Jeffries, R., Micela, G., Negueruela, I., Prusti, T., Rix, H. -W., Vallenari, A., Alfaro, E., Allende-Prieto, C., Babusiaux, C., Bensby, T., Blomme, R., Bragaglia, A., Flaccomio, E., François, P., Irwin, M., Koposov, S., Korn, A., Lanzafame, A., Pancino, E., Paunzen, E., Collins, M., Eriksson, K., Fiorentino, G., Gonzalez Hernandez, J., Groenewegen, M., Hansen, C., Helmi, A., de Jong, R., Jonker, P., Koch, A., van Leeuwen, F., Lemasle, B., Ludwig, H., Messina, S., Meyer, M., De Ridder, J., Robin, A., Sharma, S., Smith, M., Steffen, M., Tolstoy, E. & Vink, J. 1-Mar-2012 In : The Messenger. 147, p. 25-31 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  4. Atmospheric electric fields during thunderstorm conditions measured by LOFAR

    Trinh, T. N. G. 2018 [Groningen]: University of Groningen. 162 p.

    Research output: ThesisThesis fully internal (DIV)

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  1. D20160712T173455.100Z LOFAR lightning flash

    Hare, B. (Creator), Scholten, O. (Creator), Bonardi, A. (Creator), Corstanje, A. (Creator), Ebert, U. (Creator), Falcke, H. (Creator), Horandel, J. R. (Creator), Mitra, P. (Creator), Mulrey, K. (Creator), Nelles, A. (Creator), Rachen, J. P. (Creator), Rossetto, L. (Creator), Rujes, C. (Creator), Schellart, P. (Creator), Thoudam, S. (Creator), Trinh, T. N. G. (Creator), ter Veen, S. (Creator), Winchen, T. (Creator), University of Groningen, 23-Dec-2017


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  1. Bijeenkomst amateursterrenvereniging Astra Alteria

    Berg, van den, A. M. (Invited speaker)

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

  2. Kosmische deeltjes: meten van elektrische velden in Donderwolken met LOFAR

    Scholten, O. (Invited speaker)

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

  3. Stichting conferenties en zomerscholen over de kernfysica (External organisation)

    Berg, van den, A. M. (Chair)
    2014 → …

    Activity: ScientificMembership of committee

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