Double Doctoral degree in Astrophysics (DDAp) KIT – UNSAM
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.
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
Partners and Funding
November 2019 – Second Network Meeting CUAA-DAHZ in Buenos Aires
On 7 and 8 November the 2nd Network Meeting of the Centro Universitario Argentino-Alemán (CUAA-DAHZ) took place in Buenos Aires.
During this event Prof. Alberto Etchegoyen (ITeDA, UNSAM) and Marie-Christine Mundt (B5) presented the Double Doctoral degree in Astrophysics (DDAp) and Dr. David Schmidt (IKP) and Johannes Hulsman (ITeDA) reported on their experiences in the double doctoral program.
Three of the young participants gave short interviews published on the Twitter account of the Ministerio de Educación, Cultura, Ciencia y Tecnología (Spanish):
October 2019 – DAHZ Kick-off Meeting in Karlsruhe
On 17 and 18 October, KIT hosted the kick-off event for new German-Argentinean courses of study. Dr. David Schmidt (IKP) and Marie-Christine Mundt (B5) reported on their experiences in the Double Doctoral degree in Astrophysics (DDAp).
Please find further information here.
October 2019 – Series of lectures of Andreas Haungs at UNSAM
From October 28 to 31, 2019 Andreas Haungs, Group leader CR Technologies (IKP), gave a series of lectures on Galactic Cosmic Rays at the Universidad Nacional de San Martín (UNSAM) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This lecture was part of the Double Doctoral degree in Astrophysics (DDAp) between KIT and UNSAM.
January 2019 – DDAp lectures with Jean-Christophe Hamilton
From January 14 to 17, 2019 we offered a series of DDAp lectures on Exploring the inflation era with CMB Polarization with our guest scientist Dr. Jean-Christophe Hamilton (Astroparticule et Cosmologie - IN2P3 - CNRS, Université Paris).
The lectures were part of the Double Doctoral degree in Astrophysics (DDAp) between KIT and UNSAM.
The CMB radiation is an amazing observable that nature offered to cosmologists throughout the Universe. Observed from here and now, its temperature and polarization anisotropies reveal the geometry of the Universe through which the radiation has travelled for 13.6 billion years and therefore allows to put tight constraints on cosmological parameters. Furthermore, specific features in the temperature and even more in the polarisation patterns are directly related to events that happened in the very primordial Universe.
Specifically, polarization B-modes are expected to be produced by primordial gravitational waves, themselves predicted by the inflationary theory. Their detection would not only strongly support inflation as the origin of the fluctuations in the Universe, but also allow to understand the physics of the inflation era.
In order to observe these B-modes a lot of experimental efforts are ongoing throughout the world with various instrumental designs optimized for various important observational aspects. The main challenges to be addressed in order to detect these B-modes are the weakness of the signal itself, the instrumental and analysis systematic effects that may bias the polarization measurement and induce a mixing between the strong E and the weak B-modes and of course the presence of strong polarized foregrounds such as dust polarized emission and lensing-induced B-mode signal.
20. November 2018 – HIRSAP: Inauguraton and Workshop in Buenos Aires
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
From November 22 to 27, 2018 Guido Drexlin, Professor at the Institute of Experimental Particle Physics (ETP), gave a series of lectures on Introduction to Neutrinos and Dark Matter at the Universidad Nacional de San Martín (UNSAM) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which was 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
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 about the event at KIT
Presse Release of the Helmholtz Association
November 2017 – KSETA Seminar with Ricardo Piegaia and Dario Rodrigues
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)
We offered two very interesting KSETA courses with Prof. Gustavo E. Romero (CONICET/UNLP/UNSAM, Buenos Aires, Argentina, KSETA guest scientist):
- Scientific Philosophy
October 4 – 6, 2017, More information
- Particle acceleration in astrophysics
October 9 – 13, 2017, More information
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
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
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
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 (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 (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.
September 1, 2015 – Kick-off Meeting of the Double Doctoral degree in Astrophysics (DDAp) at KIT
On September 1, 2015 the inauguration of the Double Doctoral degree in Astrophysics (DDAp) took place at KIT. It started with welcome talks by KIT Vice President Prof. D. Löhe and by UNSAM Rector Prof. C. Ruta, followed by talks of the coordinators of the DDAp, Prof. J. Blümer (Head of IKP, KIT) and Prof. A. Etchegoyen (Head of ITeDA, Buenos Aires). The symposium ended with a key lecture by Prof. A. Watson (The University of Leeds), one of the founding fathers of the Pierre Auger Observatory.
On the Argentinian side, the festivities already took place on May 11, 2015 at the Universidad Nacional de San Martín (UNSAM).