Centre for Astro-Particle Physics (CAPP)

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The Centre for Astro-Particle Physics (CAPP)

Scientists and students at the Centre for Astro-Particle Physics focus on research in Gamma-ray Astrophysics, Neutrino Astrophysics, Neutrino Physics, and Gravitational Wave Physics. We perform theoretical studies as well as data analysis and modelling. We are involved in all three experimental facilities, namely the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope; the Cherenkov Telescope Array, and the KM3NeT Neutrino Telescope, to perform cutting-edge research. Thus, working at CAPP can provide students and postdoctoral fellows opportunities to get involved in the science of these state-of-the-art experiments, learn the latest techniques and interpret data collected with various instruments.

Research in Astro-Particle Physics requires a strong background in Physics, Mathematics, and computer programming. Although some theoretical studies are still done on papers with pencils, numerical computations and simulations on computers are the main tools to make theoretical predictions these days. Data analysis and modeling also require significant computer skills and learning specialised software. Students who would like to pursue postgraduate studies in Astroparticle Physics should choose Physics and Mathematics for their BSc degree.

The BSc Honours programme at the Department of Physics offers a wide range of advanced courses, including Astrophysics courses, that can prepare students for future MSc and PhD research in Astro-Particle Physics. Honours students also get a taste of research by doing a project that helps them to prepare for MSc and PhD studies. A limited number of top-up bursaries are available for MSc and PhD students from CAPP.

Interested students should contact Ms. Anna Samara Larmuth (capp@uj.ac.za) with their academic transcripts.

Research at the Centre for Astro-Particle Physics is supported by the National Research Foundation (NRF).