Linnaeus grant: The CosmoParticle Collaboration (CPC)

Project leader


Funding source

Swedish Research Council - Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Project Details

Start date: 01/07/2008
End date: 30/06/2018
Funding: 14000000 SEK


The CosmoParticle Collaboration (CPC) aims at using the combined skills of particle physicists, astrophysicists and cosmologists to adress fundamental questions concerning dark matter, dark energy and extreme objects in the universe. The current collaboration consists of 23 people on tenured positions (11 professors), and some 35 research students. Most of the funds asked for will be used for hiring people at the assistant/postdoc level, critical for a vital research programme. The proposed research concerns three central themes in modern particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology: 1. Identifying theoretically, and probing observationally, measurables related to dark energy to elucidate the nature of what is driving the accelerated expansion of the universe. 2. Searching experimentally for particle candidates of dark matter, which naturally means going beyond the standard model of particle physics, and if found, determining their properties and elucidating the underlying theoretical framework. 3. Investigating the physics of extreme objects, such as supernovae, neutron stars, and black holes. The work packages around these themes are formed by intertwining the applying teams within the AlbaNova University Centre in Stockholm. Strengthening the environment is also NORDITA – recently moved from Copenhagen to AlbaNova. Career planning and other methods will be used to try to improve the present relatively low number of tenured female researchers.

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