European Particle Astrophysics Plans
APS April Meeting 2010
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Scientists in the field of particle astrophysics—which combines astronomy with particle physics—study some of the most fundamental questions of the universe under the auspices of large, multinational collaborations that pull together hundreds of researchers and rely upon telescopes and other facilities that may cost millions to hundred of millions of dollars to build.
Careful planning is essential for the effective use of these funds, and in the last few years, a group known as ASPERA (Astroparticle European Research Area network) has coordinated efforts to develop a strategic roadmap for the future of particle astrophysics within the European Union (EU).
In Washington D.C., the first ASPERA coordinator Stavros Katsanevas of IN2P3, the Nuclear and Particle Physics National Institute of the Centre National de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) in France, will describe the new roadmap, which settles on advancing seven large "infrastructure" projects identified as priorities for particle astrophysics—from a large array of telescopes to detect high-energy gamma-rays to the building of a new neutrino detector at the bottom of the Mediterranean sea.
Says Katsanevas, these projects would range from 50-million Euros for the smallest to about a billion Euros for the largest, and one of the big goals of the community for the next decade will be to find funding for these projects.
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