The AlbaNova High Energy Astrophysics and Cosmology (HEAC) Centre

Project leader

Funding source

Swedish Research Council - Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Project Details

Start date: 01/07/2005
End date: 31/12/2010
Funding: 44000000 SEK


One of the most vital fields of modern science concerns the structure and evolution of the Universe. The discovery of the accelerating Universe, which was hailed as the "breakthrough of the year" by Science in 1998 (with one of the applicants involved), has been strikingly verified in the past years. This evolution led to the accolade being repeated in 2003. The picture of the Universe which has emerged is surprising, with only 4-5% ordinary matter, roughly 25% unknown "dark matter", and a puzzling 70% "dark energy". Less than three years ago, physics and astronomy in Stockholm were divided between three geographically separated sites. These groups are now located at AlbaNova, one of Europe's finest creative environments for cosmic research. This application will consolidate this progression by forming a Centre for High Energy Astrophysics and Cosmology (HEAC). The first goal will be to create a joint graduate school structure that will, with a presence of postdoctoral young researchers, give new PhD students an optimal education. The topics will include string and elementary particle theory, supersymmetry, general relativity and cosmology, high energy astrophysics, supernova physics and extragalactic astrophysics, advanced instrument building and data handling methods. In the areas where we currently lack outstanding teachers, prominent foreign scientists will be invited to teach and simultaneously interact with the researchers of the Centre.

Last updated on 2017-24-03 at 12:19