Academic Year 2022/2023 - Teacher: GIORGIO MARIA RICCOBENE

Expected Learning Outcomes

The course is aimed at introducing the students to the fundamental concepts of astroparticle physics. Both experimental and
phenomenological aspects will be treated. The link between particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology will be critically
analysed. The student will understand the importance to investigate different messengers (neutrinos, cosmic rays, gamma rays)
to achieve a global view of our universe and to understand its evolution. The student will acquire a critical knowledge about the
most important and up-to-date topics in the field like the origin of dark matter and dark energy, the properties of neutrinos and
cosmic rays, as well as the most innovative detection techniques.

Course Structure

Lectures are provided in presence

Simple exercises are discussed and requested as homework or classwork.

In case of force majeur issues, the course will be held using videoconferencing tools in remote (consult the Academic Regulations of the Course of Studies)

Required Prerequisites

No compulsory prerequisites are required but the courses "Advanced Quantum Mechanics", "Nuclear and Particle Physics",
"General Relativity" are recommended.

Attendance of Lessons

Attendance to the course is usually compulsory, consult the Academic Regulations of the Course of Studies

Detailed Course Content

Cosmic Ray Physicsi: CR properties, spectrum, composition, acceleration, propagation

CR sources

Multimessenger Astrophysics: Neutrinos, cosmc rays, gamma and gravitational waves, phenomenology and detection techniques

Textbook Information

T. Stanev, High Energy Cosmic Rays (2nd Edition), Springer
M Longair – High Energy Astrophysics (3rd edition), Cambridge
C. Grupen, Astroparticle Physics, Springer

GrupenAstroparticle PhysicsSpringer
LongairHigh Energy Astrophysics (3rd edition)Cambridge
StanevHigh Energy Cosmic Rays (2nd Edition),Springer

Course Planning

 SubjectsText References
1Cosmic Ray Spectrum and composition
2CR propagation
3Leaky Box model
4CR Acceleration Mechanisms
5CR sources
6Introduction to Black Holes
7GZK Cutoff
8Multi Messenger Astrophysics
9Gamma Detection
10Neutrino Detection
11CR detection
12GW detection


Learning Assessment Procedures

Learning evaluation methods and criteria: the exam will focus on an oral test aimed at verifying the student's critical abilities to
deal with the phenomenological and experimental problems of astroparticle physics. The ability and clarity of presentation, the
ability to frame the required topic in a general context and the ability to use the physical and calculation tools learned will be
Verification of learning can also be carried out electronically, should the conditions require it.
Criteria for awarding the final grade: the final grade will arise from the outcome of the oral exam in which the greatest weight will
be given to the critical skills shown by the student.

Examples of frequently asked questions and / or exercises

The cosmic ray spectrum features

The Fermi Acceleration Mechanism

CR accelation in Supernovae

Leaky Box Model

Hillas Plot and  CR sources

GZK Cutoff