Astroparticle Physics

Astroparticle physics studies the most powerful objects in the Universe, such as pulsars, gamma ray bursts, supermassive black holes at the center of galaxies a supernovas. Important questions that astroparticle physics helps to answer include the origin of cosmic rays, the acceleration of high-energy particles in astrophysical objects, tests of fundamental physics, the origin of dark matter, neutrino properties, etc. Our faculty, postdocs and students collaborate in several large experiments to detect high-energy gamma rays and neutrinos, with activities ranging from data analysis to instrumentation.

HAWC (Taboada) is very high-uptime (95%), very high field of view (2 sr) gamma ray detector (>300 GeV) in operation in central Mexico.

VERITAS ( Otte) is a gamma ray Air Cherenkov Telescope (>100 GeV) in operation is Arizona. VERITAS has reported the discovery of over 40 gamma ray sources both of galactic and extra-galactic origin.

CTA (Otte) is a planned new generatio gamma ray Air Cherenkov Telescope (>30 GeV) that will improve senisitive over VERITAS by an order of magnitude.

IceCube (Taboada) is a high-energy neutrino (> 1 TeV) operating at the geographic South Pole. In 2013, IceCube reported the discovery of a diffuse flux of neutrinos, potentially closing in on the sources of cosmic rays.

Current Astroparticle Physics group members

Nepomuk Otte (Assistant Professor)
Ignacio Taboada (Associate Professor)
Kevin Meagher (Postdoctoral fellow)

Alec Lindman (Graduate Student)

Daniel Mantical (Graduate Student)

Thanh Nguyen (Graduate Student)

Greg Richards (Graduate Student)

 

Former Astroparticle Physics group members:

Andreas Tepe (Postdoctoral fellow, now at University of Siegen, Germany)

Dirk Lennarz ( Postdoctoral fellow, now at Michigan State University)

James Casey 

Jacob Daughhetee