Prospectuses 2011-2012
Radboud universityProspectusesFaculty of Science > Master Physics and Astronomy

Astroparticle Physics 

Course ID
first semester
Teaching methods
  • 32 hrs lecture
  • 32 hrs problem session
Bachelor degree in (astro)physics with Observational techniques (e.g. 'Radioastronomy or Observational Astrophysics')
  • The student will master the physics behind ultra-high energy particles from space, especially their acceleration and propagation through interstellar space
  • The student will master the physics behind collisional interactions of ultra-high energy particles, especially with atmospheric atoms and molecules
  • The student will master the electromagnetic radiation properties emitted by accelarated elementary particles, especially low-frequency synchroton radiation
  • The student will master the (astro)physics of possible sources of ultra-high energy particles, including supernova remnants, compact
    binaries and massive black holes
  • The student will understand the observational techniques used to detect ultra-high energy astroparticles and ultra-high energy gamma-rays
  • The student will familiarize him/herself with the newest observatories connected with astroparticle physics
Astroparticle physics is a quickly growing field, where charged particles (cosmic rays), neutrinos, and very high energy gamma-rays (> 100 GeV) are used to probe the Universe. An overview will be given of the current state of the field, on the current views of accelerating particles to energies in excess of 10^19 eV, on the physics of the propagation of these particles through interstellar space and the interactions these particles will have with the Earth's atmosphere and magnetosphere. A particular focus will be put on the observations of ultra-high energy cosmic rays with LOFAR and the Pierre Auger Observatory.
Written examination
  • T. Stanev, High Energy Cosmic Rays, Springer
  • T.K. Gaisser, Cosmic Rays and Particle Physics, Cambridge University Press
  • M.S. Longair, High Energy Astrophysics, (Volume 1+2) , Cambridge University Press
  • V.S. Berezinsky, Astrophysics of Cosmic Rays, Elsevier Science, North-Holland
Extra information
This course will be given odd-biennial in autumn; next time 2011/2012