TÄHT7001 Astroparticle Physics 5 ECTS
Organised by
Person in charge
Elina Lindfors
Preceding studies

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students should be able to:
outline the main mechanisms that produce and accelerate relativistic particles in the Universe,
and affect very high-energy (VHE) photons and particles in the space and in the atmosphere.
outline the main observational techniques used at the different fields of astroparticle physics;
understand and perform simple calculations connected to kinematics of the particle interaction;
compute threshold energies and estimate the cross sections;
outline the Galactic and extragalactic sources of VHE photons and cosmic rays;
outline how astroparticle physics can be used to study fundamental physics questions, in particular the question of Dark Matter;
give a presentation on currently working astroparticle physics experiments and to describe main scientific results that they have produced;
read, understand and be able to answer questions on scientific refereed articles in the field of astroparticle physics.


Cosmic-ray physics. Very High-Energy (VHE) gamma-ray astronomy. Neutrino astronomy.
Air showers. Detection techniques. Galactic and Extragalactic sources of cosmic rays, VHE gamma-rays and neutrinos.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 24 h 0 h
Exercises 12 h 0 h

Presentations 4 h
Homework and computer tasks

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Written exam
  • In English
Participation in classroom work
  • In English

Student presentation, written exam.
Minimum 50% of exercises.

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 0-5.
Home exercises constitute 30%, student presentations 20% and the final exam 50% of the final score. The student has to pass the exam to pass the course.

Recommended year of study

4. year autumn
5. year autumn

MSc-degree students, year 1 or 2

Study materials

Lecture notes
Book: "Astroparticle Physics" by Claus Grupen, available as ebook at university library
Chapters 1-7 (excluding X-ray astronomy), 9.5, 12 and 13
Additional reading: Felix Aharonian, Lars Bergström, Charles Dermer: "Astrophysics at Very High Energies" (Springer)

Further information

May not be organized 2016-2018. More information will be given later.

Belongs to following study modules

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Department of Physics and Astronomy

Incoming examinations

Jan 12, 2018
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Implementation details are unavailable.
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Degree Programme in Physical Sciences
DP in Physics Education Track
Degree Programme in Physical Sciences
DP in Theoretical Physics
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