Welcome to ECAP!

In 2007 the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg founded the Erlangen Centre for Astroparticle Physics (ECAP).

ECAP encompasses the working groups of eleven professors with over 150 scientists.
The ECAP has within the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg an outstanding position, assigned as one out of three Emerging Field Centres of the university. This initative advances forward-looking and promising science centres.
In 2014 the University Erlangen-Nuremberg and University Würzburg founded the Bavarian research cluster Astroparticle Physics. This cluster complements the strong experimental expertise in ECAP with strong expertise in theoretical astrophysics in Würzburg.
The Helmholtz Alliance Astroparticle Physics was founded in July 2011 by Helmholtz institutes, Max-Planck institutes and universities and the ECAP is not only part of it but also the largest university partner within.

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The Erlangen Centre for Astroparticle Physics combines expertise in the fields of neutrino, X-ray and very-high-energy gamma-ray astronomy. With the ECAP, the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg has created an outstanding framework for scientists to participate in major projects of astroparticle physics. ECAP also integrates the research in neutrino physics, in optical astronomy and the development of new detectors. Theory groups work in the fields of quantum gravity and statistical physics.
The research at the ECAP covers the following astroparticle physics projects: the field of neutrino astronomy is the focus of the projects ANTARES, KM3NeT and IceCube; the experiments H.E.S.S. and CTA work in the field of very-high-energy gamma-ray astronomy; the satellite experiments eROSITA and ATHENA belong to a new generation of X-ray telescopes; EXO/nEXO and ORCA investigate neutrino properties. In all of these experiments, scientists of the ECAP are deeply involved in the manifold challenges of constructing and running detectors in such extreme conditions as the deep sea/ice, deep underground or space. Detector development at ECAP is not restricted to fundamental research but is successfully transferred to medical applications.

School for astroparticle physics

Since the year 2004, the University of Erlangen hosts the School for astroparticle physics (SAT), addressing students from all over Germany. Starting 2015 the school is held in English and is open to international participants. The yearly school, running for 10 days in October, allows the participants to deepen their understanding of the fundamental concepts of astroparticle physics, and to gain insight on up-to-date research topics and to get to know each other.

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