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Double Doctoral degree in Astrophysics (DDAp) KIT – UNSAM

Logo DDApThe Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany and the Universidad Nacional de San Martin (UNSAM) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, jointly offer the Double Doctoral degree in Astrophysics (DDAp).


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 typically 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), which provides additional funding for the exchange, but not the doctoral positions themselves. This means that all doctoral students of KSETA can apply to participate in the DDAp, provided that their research topic fits also to our partner institute ITeDA.

Coordinator of the DDAp at KIT is Prof. Blümer.
Questions regarding the DDAp should be addressed to Dr. Frank Schröder.
Coordinator of the DDAp at ITeDA/UNSAM is Prof. Etchegoyen.


Please see the current announcements for
PhD positions at UNSAM

PhD positions at KIT

 

PhD regulations for physics at KIT:
Original version in German
Spanish translation (not legally binding)

DDAp cooperation agreement


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November 2017 – KSETA Seminar with Ricardo Piegaia and Dario Rodrigues

Statistical Methods for (Astro-)Particle Physics
Course Participants together with Ricardo Piegaia and Dario Rodrigues
Course Participants together 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.


KSETA courses with Prof. Gustavo E. Romero (UNSAM)

Prof. Gustavo Romero
Prof. Gustavo Romero

We offered two very interesting KSETA courses with Prof. Gustavo E. Romero (CONICET/UNLP/UNSAM, Buenos Aires, Argentina, KSETA guest scientist):

Both lectures were part of the Double Doctoral Degree in Astrophysics between UNSAM and KIT.


Ralph Engel hält Vortragsreihe an der UNSAM

Ralph Engel
Dr. Ralph Engel

Ab dem 3. Oktober 2017 wird Ralph Engel, Astroteilchenphysiker vom Institut für Kernphysik und Mitglied von KCETA und der Pierre-Auger-Kollaboration, eine zweiwöchige Vortragsreihe zum Thema “High-energy Astroparticle Physics” an der Universidad Nacional de San Martin (UNSAM) in Buenos Aires, Argentinien, halten. Die Vorträge sind Teil des Doppelpromotionsprogramms DDAp zwischen dem KIT und der UNSAM.


Ulrich Husemann hielt Vorlesungsreihe an der UNSAM

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Prof. Ulrich Husemann

Im August 2017 hielt Ulrich Husemann, Professor für Experimentelle Teilchenphysik und KCETA-Mitglied, an der Universidad Nacional de San Martin (UNSAM) in Buenos Aires, Argentinien, eine zweiwöchige Vorlesungsreihe zum Thema “Detektoren für die Teilchen- und Astroteilchenphysik” halten. Die Vorlesung fand im Rahmen des Doppelpromotionsprogramms DDAp zwischen dem KIT und der UNSAM statt.


Bundeskanzlerin Merkel im Austausch mit DDAp-Doktoranden

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Angela Merkel in Buenos Aires

Am 8. Juni fand im Rahmen der Argentinienreise von Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel ein Austausch mit Studierenden und jungen Wissenschaftlern zum Thema Kooperationen in Buenos Aires statt. An diesem Dialog nahmen auch Doktoranden des Double Doctoral Degree in Astrophysics (DDAp) teil. Mehr ...


KSETA Seminar by Dr. Silvia Mollerach, September 26 – 30, 2016

Dr. Silvia Mollerach
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.


KSETA Seminar by Prof. Esteban Roulet, July 4 - 15, 2016

Prof. Esteban Roulet
Prof. Esteban Roulet (© KIT / Beatrix von Puttkamer)

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.