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Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1
76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen

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Institute for Nuclear Physics
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Postfach 3640
D - 76021 Karlsruhe

Secretary's Office:
Anna Friedrich
Phone: +49/721/608-23546
Fax: +49/721/608-23548

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www.ikp.kit.edu

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Helmholtz International Research School for Astroparticle Physics and Enabling Technologies (HIRSAP)

www.hirsap.org

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Double Doctoral degree in Astrophysics (DDAp) KIT – UNSAM

Logo DDApThe Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany and the Universidad Nacional de San Martin (UNSAM) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, jointly offer the Double Doctoral degree in Astrophysics (DDAp).
 

Doctoral students participating in the DDAp will work on joint research projects in astroparticle physics, e.g., related to the Pierre Auger Observatory, and spend at least one year in the other country. The doctoral students have to follow the rules of both universities and a specific cooperation agreement. The research project is complemented by a lecture program covering astrophysics, astroparticle and particle physics as well as language courses. At the conclusion of a project after about three years, KIT and UNSAM, will conduct a joint examination and both issue their doctoral degree.
 

The DDAp is supported by the German Argentinean University Center (CUAA-DAHZ) and by the Helmholtz International Research School for Astroparticle Physics and Enabling Technologies (HIRSAP), a graduate school of KIT and UNSAM. Doctoral students of HIRSAP and KSETA can apply to participate in the DDAp, provided that their research topic fits to our partner institute ITeDA.
 


Coordinator of the DDAp at KIT is Prof. Blümer.
Questions regarding the DDAp should be addressed to Marie-Christine Mundt.
Coordinator of the DDAp at ITeDA/UNSAM is Prof. Etchegoyen.

 

Please see the current announcements for
PhD positions at UNSAM
PhD positions at KIT

 

Important regulations and agreements at KIT

Promotionsordnung der Universität Karlsruhe (TH) für die Fakultät für Physik
Spanish translation (not legally binding)

Promotionsordnung des Karlsruher Instituts für Technologie für die KIT-Fakultät für Physik

Specific Cooperation Agreement on Joint Supervision of Doctoral Theses in Astrophysics


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20. November 2018 – HIRSAP: Inauguraton and Workshop in Buenos Aires

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The PhD students
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Prof. Ralph Engel, Spokesperson of HIRSAP (KIT)
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Prof. Alberto Etchegoyen, Spokesperson of HIRSAP (UNSAM), all pictures: Leandro Martinez/UNSAM

On 20 November 2018, the inauguration of the Helmholtz International Research School for Astroparticle Physics and Enabling Technologies (HIRSAP) took place at the Universidad Nacional de San Martín (UNSAM) in Buenos Aires. At Campus Miguelete, guests and representatives of the two participating universities UNSAM and KIT came together to officially start off the graduate school in a festive event.

From Germany Dr. Ilja Bohnet (Research Fellow Matter of the Helmholtz Association), Prof. Thomas Hirth (Vice President for Innovation and International Affairs at KIT), Prof. Johannes Blümer (Head of Division 5 at KIT), Prof. Ralph Engel (Spokesperson of HIRSAP at KIT), and scientists from KIT participated in the event.

From Argentina the participants were Jorge Tezón (Manager of Scientific and Technological Development at CONICET), Prof. Carlos Greco (Rector of UNSAM), Prof. Alberto Carlos Frasch (Vice Rector of UNSAM), Prof. Alberto Etchegoyen (Spokesperson of HIRSAP at UNSAM/ITeDA) and scientists from UNSAM.

The first PhD students of the school were also on site to present themselves and their research topics in a PhD workshop. In this way, all participants were given the opportunity to gain an overview of the diversity and complementarity of the topics of the doctoral theses and to get to know the doctoral students better.

On the German side, the opening ceremony of the HIRSAP already took place in April 2018 at KIT.


November 2018 – Series of lectures with Guido Drexlin at UNSAM

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Prof. Guido Drexlin

From November 22 to 27, 2018 Guido Drexlin, Professor at the Institute of Experimental Particle Physics (ETP), will give a series of lectures on Introduction to Neutrinos and Dark Matter at the Universidad Nacional de San Martín (UNSAM) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This lecture is part of the Double Doctoral degree in Astrophysics (DDAp) between KIT and UNSAM.


April 17, 2018 – Kick-off event of the new Helmholtz International Research School

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Representatives of the universities UNSAM and KIT (© Sandra Göttisheim/KIT)

On April 17, 2018 the first kick-off event for the Helmholtz International Research School for Astroparticle Physics and Enabling Technologies (HIRSAP) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the Universidad Nacional de San Martín (UNSAM) in Buenos Aires (Argentina) took place at KIT.

It started with welcome talks by KIT Vice President Research Prof. Oliver Kraft and by UNSAM Vice Rector Prof. Alberto Carlos Frasch followed by introductory talks by the KIT head of division 5, Prof. Johannes Blümer, by Spokesperson of HIRSAP at KIT Prof. Ralph Engel, and by Spokesperson of HIRSAP at UNSAM/ITeDA Prof. Alberto Etchegoyen from Argentina. Two PhD students of the existing program Double Doctoral degree in Astrophysics (DDAp), Isabel Astrid Goos (CNEA/IB, Bariloche), and David Schmidt (KIT), presented some special insights in their impressions and experiences in the cotutelle program. Finally the keynote speaker Dr. Walter Winter from DESY gave a very interesting talk on “Multi-Messenger Astroparticle Physics”.

More information External Link about the event at KIT

Presse Release External Link of the Helmholtz Association


November 2017 – KSETA Seminar with Ricardo Piegaia and Dario Rodrigues

Course Participants together with Ricardo Piegaia and Dario Rodrigues (© KIT / Beatrix von Puttkamer)
Course Participants together with Ricardo Piegaia and Dario Rodrigues (© KIT / Beatrix von Puttkamer)

From November 2 – 10, 2017 we offered a KSETA course with our guest scientists Prof. Dr. Ricardo Piegaia and Dr. Dario Rodrigues from CONICET/UBA/UNSAM in Buenos Aires (Argentina).

Thes course offered a practical approach to those principles and practices of statistics that are most relevant for data analysis in particle and astroparticle physics. The lectures covered parameter estimation, confidence intervals and limits, profile likelihoods, statistical tests for goodness-of-fit, application of hypothesis testing to searches for new phenomena, treatment of systematic uncertainties, and a critical discussion and comparison between the frequentist and the Bayesian approaches to these subjects. Throughout, real-world examples were used to illustrate the practical application of the ideas.

Each session consisted of a 1-hour lecture followed by one hour of practical computing, with exercises based on that day's lecture. In order to follow the hands-on sessions, participants needed to bring their own laptops and have a basic prior knowledge of ROOT and C++. No previous experience with more recent ROOT-based statistics tools like RooFit and RooStats was assumed.

This course was part of the Double Doctoral Degree in Astrophysics between UNSAM and KIT.


October 2017 – KSETA courses with Prof. Gustavo E. Romero (UNSAM)

Prof. Gustavo Romero
Prof. Gustavo Romero

We offered two very interesting KSETA courses with Prof. Gustavo E. Romero (CONICET/UNLP/UNSAM, Buenos Aires, Argentina, KSETA guest scientist):

Both lectures were part of the Double Doctoral Degree in Astrophysics between UNSAM and KIT.


October 2017 – Series of lectures with Ralph Engel at UNSAM

Dr. Ralph Engel
Dr. Ralph Engel

In October 2017, Ralph Engel, astroparticle physicist from the Institute of Nuclear Physics and member of KCETA and the Pierre Auger Collaboration, gave a two-week lecture series on High-energy Astroparticle Physics at the Universidad Nacional de San Martin (UNSAM) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The lectures were part of the double doctoral program DDAp between KIT and UNSAM.


August 2017 – Series of lectures with Ulrich Husemann at UNSAM

Prof. Ulrich Husemann
Prof. Ulrich Husemann

In August 2017, Ulrich Husemann, Professor of Experimental Particle Physics and KCETA member, gave a two-week lecture series on Detectors for Particle and Astroparticle Physics at the Universidad Nacional de San Martin (UNSAM) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The series was part of the double doctoral program DDAp between KIT and UNSAM.


June 8, 2017 – Chancellor Merkel in exchange with DDAp PhD students

DDAp doctoral students together with Dr. Lino Barañao and Prof. Johannes Blümer
DDAp doctoral students together with Dr. Lino Barañao and Prof. Johannes Blümer

On 8 June, as part of Chancellor Angela Merkel's trip to Argentina, an exchange took place with students and young scientists in Buenos Aires on the subject of cooperation. Doctoral students from the Double Doctoral Degree in Astrophysics (DDAp) also took part in this dialogue.


September 26 - 30, 2016 – KSETA Seminar with Dr. Silvia Mollerach

Dr. Silvia Mollerach
Dr. Silvia Mollerach

Dr. Silvia Mollerach (CONICET, Centro Atómico Bariloche, and Universidad Nacional de San Martín, UNSAM, Argentina)  gave a KSETA Seminar on Statistical Methods for Astroparticle Physics.

The course covered different statistical methods used to analyse data in astroparticle physics, including the simulation and comparison of measurements to theoretical models.

Some basic statistical topics like the concept of probabilities, probability distributions, the calculation of expectation values and higher moments, and the determination of uncertainties as well as correlations were reviewed.

More advanced topics relevant to data analyses and statistical inference were discussed. Among these were fitting appropriate models to data, estimating the goodness of fit, testing hypotheses and the construction of confidence intervals. This also included a discussion of the look-elsewhere-effect and the cosmic variance.

To better explore these topics, the study of anisotropies in the cosmic rays distribution was used as examples, including large scale anisotropies, clustering studies, and correlation with possible source populations.

This seminar was part of the KSETA Topical Courses as well as of the Double Doctoral Degree in Astrophysics between UNSAM and KIT.


July 4 - 15, 2016 – KSETA Seminar with Prof. Esteban Roulet

Prof. Esteban Roulet (© KIT / Beatrix von Puttkamer)
Prof. Esteban Roulet (© KIT / Beatrix von Puttkamer)

Prof. Esteban Roulet (CONICET, Centro Atómico Bariloche, and Universidad Nacional de San Martín, UNSAM, Argentina) gave a KSETA Seminar on Neutrino Astrophysics from July 4 – 15, 2016.

The following topics were covered in his lectures:

  • Neutrinos: from the Fermi theory to the Standard Model
  • Neutrino interactions and detection techniques
  • Neutrino masses and oscillations
  • Geoneutrinos, Solar neutrinos, Supernova neutrinos, Atmospheric neutrinos
  • High energy astrophysical neutrinos. Galactic and extragalactic sources. Icecube results.
  • Cosmogenic neutrinos.
  • Neutrinos and cosmology: relic neutrinos, nucleosynthesis and neutrinos. Leptogenesis.

This seminar was part of the Double Doctoral Degree in Astrophysics between UNSAM and KIT.