Astroparticle Physics Group
The Astroparticle Physics Group was formed in 2006 in response to a widely recognised need for distinct UK representation in this rapidly expanding field.
By its very nature, astroparticle physics is highly multidisciplinary, and includes topics such as direct and indirect detection of dark matter, high energy cosmic ray studies, neutrinoless double beta decay, cosmological neutrinos and nuclear astrophysics.
To reflect the strong scientific overlaps that exist with high energy particle physics, gravitational waves, astronomy and nuclear physics, the Group sits within the Division of Nuclear and Particle Physics, and has formal links and representation with the High Energy Particle Physics Group of the Institute of Physics, and with the Royal Astronomical Society.
The activities of the Group include:
- Acting as a representative forum for discussion and contact to the astroparticle physics community in the UK and Ireland
- Organisation of an Annual General Meeting for astroparticle physics community
The first such meeting took place in Sheffield in May 2006, and useful links to this meeting, including downloadable talks, may be found at www.ph.ed.ac.uk/APP2006.
- Generation and dissemination of a community newsletter
- Providing support for half-day meetings
- Recognition of outstanding work in astroparticle physics, rewarded with bi-annual early-career and thesis prizes