Astroparticle Physics Group

This is an IOP special interest group, which is a community of IOP members focused on a particular discipline, application or area of interest. Special interest groups allow members to connect and share knowledge and ideas. The IOP funds groups to deliver a range of activities including events, prizes and bursaries. All of our groups are driven by members.

About the group

As a special interest, member-driven group, we recognise the need for distinct UK representation in this rapidly expanding field.

Astroparticle physics is multidisciplinary and topics include:

  • direct and indirect detection of dark matter
  • cosmic ray physics
  • neutrinoless double beta decay
  • cosmological neutrinos 
  • nuclear astrophysics
  • neutrino and gamma ray astronomy
  • dark matter

What the group does

Our activities 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
  • producing and circulating 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

Would you like to join this group?

Group prizes and competitions

We have two astrophysics prizes:

  1. Our IOP APP Early Career Prize is awarded on odd years.
  2. Our IOP APP Thesis Prize is awarded on even years.

The prize is £250 and a certificate.

IOP APP Early Career Prize

Nominees are early career researchers who:

  • work in the area of astroparticle physics (both experiment and theory)
  • work in any institution in the UK and Ireland
  • have five years or less postdoctoral experience (allowing for career breaks)

This prize is awarded on odd years. The prize is £250 and a certificate.

Nominations

  • Two nominators are required. At least one should be from an institution that is not the nominee’s current employer.?
  • Nominations must include three papers that the nominee has worked on in the preceding two years. You can send us printed articles or URLs to web pages.
  • The papers must have been published, or accepted for publication, in a peer reviewed or refereed journal.

Make a nomination 

Winners

2019

Theresa Fruth from the University of Oxford for contributions on commissioning work of the LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) experiment.

2017 

Christopher Berry from the University of Birmingham for contributions to understanding the first gravitational-wave observations of binary black holes.

2015

Jonathan Davis from Durham University for contributions to the understanding of the phenomenology and detection of dark matter.

2013

Paul Scovell from the University of Oxford for contributions to astroparticle physics and in particular to the direct search for dark matter.

2011

Christian Aaen Diget from the University of York for contributions to astroparticle physics and in particular to studies of nuclear astrophysics.

2009

Chamkaur Ghag  from the University of Edinburgh for contributions to the ZEPLIN and DRIFT collaboration searches for dark matter that are taking place in the Boulby Mine, as well as other contributions to scientific research.

IOP APP Thesis Prize

  • Nominees will have a PhD in the area of astroparticle physics (both experiment or theory ) from a UK or Irish institution.
  • The PhD needs to have been awarded within two years.

This prize is awarded on even years. The prize is £250 and a certificate. 

Nominations

  • Two nominators are required.
  • One should be either the student’s supervisor or external examiner.
  • At least one nominator should be a member of the IOP Astroparticle Physics Group.
  • Nominations should include an electronic version of the thesis.

Make a nomination 

Winners

2018

Xin Ran Liu from University College London for the thesis, Low background techniques for the SuperNEMO experiment.

2016

Bradley Kavanagh from the University of Nottingham for the thesis, Confronting Astrophysical Uncertainties in the Direct Detection of Dark Matter.

2014

Lea Reichart from the University of Edinburgh for the thesis, The ZEPLIN-III Direct Dark Matter Search: Final Results and Measurements in Support of Next Generation Instruments.

2012

Daniel Hollington from Imperial College London for the thesis, The Charge Management System for LISA and LISA Pathfinder.

2010

Matthew Kauer  from University College London for the thesis, Search for the Double Beta Decay of Zr-96 with NEMO-3 and Calorimeter Development for the SuperNEMO Experiment.

2008

Andrew Taylor from the University of Oxford for the thesis, The Propagation of Ultra High Energy Cosmic Rays.

Resources 

Review of UK Astroparticle Physics Research

Group events

Find group events on the IOP events site.

Newsletter and physics publications

December 2019 (PDF, 6MB)
December 2018
(PDF, 2.2MB)
December 2016 (PDF, 711KB)
January 2014 (PDF, 528KB)

Useful links

Make a nomination for one of our prizes.

Committee and contacts



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