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CODE 109120
ACADEMIC YEAR 2023/2024
CREDITS
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR FIS/01
TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
SEMESTER 1° Semester
TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

OVERVIEW

The lecture offers an introduction to Astroparticle Physics. Elementary particles, together with electromagnetic radiation and gravitational waves, are messengers that can be used to study the nature of many celestial objects, from the Sun to deep space objects.

The course offers an overview of the most important emission mechanisms of astroparticles and the different types of detectors that are used to study astrophysical neutrinos and cosmic rays.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course aims to provide students with the fundamentals of astroparticle physics with a focus on the study of neutrinos and cosmic rays, with in-depth study of emission mechanisms and detection methods

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students will acquire the following skills :

  • knowledge and understanding of the physical mechanisms leading to the production and emission of particles from the Sun and deep space objects.   
  • knowledge and understanding of experimental techniques for the detection of astroparticles and of the different types of measurements in the astroparticle field
  • ability to implement statistical methods useful for data analysis in the astroparticle field

 

PREREQUISITES

The contents of the course of Nuclear and Particle Physics 2 can be considered as prerequisites.

TEACHING METHODS

Lectures - 48 hours

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

First module:
Stellar evolution and nucleosynthesis: nuclear reactions in stars, nucleosynthesis in the Big Bang and in stars, direct and indirect measurements
Neutrinos beyond the Standard Model: solar neutrinos and oscillations, mass hierarchy, sterile neutrinos, detection of medium-low energy neutrinos (keV-100 MeV)

Second module:
Supernova neutrinos: introduction to models, detection methods
High-energy cosmic neutrinos: hadronic accelerators and production mechanisms, neutrino telescopes

Third module:
Cosmic rays: direct measurements in space and on Earth, indirect measurements (neutrinos and atmospheric muons)
Indirect measurements of Dark Matter by neutrinos
Statistical methods for astroparticle physics, low-number statistics.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Maurizio Spurio - Probes of Multimessenger Astrophysics
Maurizio Spurio - Particles and Astrophysics, A multimessenger approach
Alessandro De Angelis, Mário João Martins Pimenta - Introduction to Particle and Astroparticle Physics

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Exam Board

MATTEO SANGUINETI (President)

VLADIMIR KULIKOVSKIY

SANDRA ZAVATARELLI (President Substitute)

LESSONS

LESSONS START

See the calendar at the link:

https://corsi.unige.it/corsi/9012/studenti-orario

Class schedule

L'orario di tutti gli insegnamenti è consultabile all'indirizzo EasyAcademy.

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

Presentation/thesis on a scientific article relating to the topics of the teaching, oral discussion of the paper.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

The discussion of the essay is aimed at verifying the student's level of understanding of the most important concepts covered in the course and underlying astroparticle physics.

Exam schedule

Data Ora Luogo Degree type Note
16/02/2024 09:00 GENOVA Esame su appuntamento
30/07/2024 09:00 GENOVA Esame su appuntamento
20/09/2024 09:00 GENOVA Esame su appuntamento

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