Research at ECAP
The field of astroparticle physics is rapidly expanding. Numerous experiments explore different aspects of the fundamental particles, structures and processes that occur in our Universe. ECAP is involved in this research in a variety of fields.
The Erlangen astroparticle groups participate in three Cherenkov neutrino detectors that are or will be located deep in the Mediterranean Sea or the Antarctic ice. The ANTARES (Astronomy with a Neutrino Telescope and Abyss environmental RESearch) off the French coast was finished in 2008, while its successor, the cubic-kilometre Neutrino Telescope KM3NeT, is currently under construction. The IceCube neutrino telescope was completed in 2010 and instruments a volume of 1 cubic-kilometre of clear ice below the geographic South Pole. It opened the window to neutrino astronomy by the first detection of high energetic cosmic neutrinos. Plans for an extention of the detector towards IceCube Gen2 are in preparation.
The H.E.S.S. experiment is an Imaging Air Cherenkov Telescope (IACT) system studying the spectrum of electromagnetic radiation in the TeV-regime. The aim is to explore the production and propagation of high-energy particles in the Universe. The ECAP also takes part in the development of CTA, the next generation ground-based gamma-ray observatory. Furthermore, we are in close contact with FACT.
X-ray and optical astronomy
The Astronomy group of ECAP is located at the Dr. Remeis Observatory in Bamberg. More information can be found on the pages of the Sternwarte.
ECAP is interested in the investigation of fundamental properties of neutrinos. With the detection of atmospheric neutrinos KM3NeT-ORCA aims at the determination of the neutrino mass hierarchy. EXO is searching for the neutrinoless double beta decay, a process which allows to identify the Dirac resp. the Majorana nature of the neutrino. The next generation experiment nEXO is in preparation.
Development of acoustic particle detectors
The Acoustic Detection Group investigates the potential of particle (in particular neutrino) detectors which rely on the acoustical signal of the particle interactions in a detection medium.
The Medical Physics Group works on Phase-contrast and Dark Field X-ray Imaging and the development of detectors for imaging and dosimetry.
The Institute for Quantum Gravity explores the Loop Quantum Gravity approach aiming at a background independent quantisation of space-time.
Mathematical and statistical physics
Research on theoretical aspects of the mathematial methods addressed at ECAP is studied by members of the Institute for Theoretical Physics I.