Canadian Particle Astrophysics Research Centre

Canadian Astroparticle Physics Summer School 2018

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Applications are now closed, successful candidates will be contacted soon.

The Canadian Astroparticle Physics Summer School (CAPSS) is an intensive week-long undergraduate school that will introduce students to the current topics in the field of astroparticle physics at Queen's University and SNOLAB.

This year marks the launch of this exciting new undergraduate school. CAPSS 2018 will be taking place from May 13 to 19, 2018.

See our full poster here!

To find out how to apply, click here.
The application deadline is February 11th 2018.

Activities will include:

Lectures and hands-on activities in particle physics, detector development, neutrino physics, dark matter astrophysics and cosmology, and more!
An enriched Masterclass on the Nobel Prize winning SNO experiment
A tour of the world-famous SNOLAB underground facility
A banquet and other social events

Topics covered:

Astrophysical evidence for dark Mmatter: rotation curves of galaxies and the "missing mass" problem
Cosmology of dark matter: Big Bang nucleosynthesis, the Cosmic Microwave Background, formation of struction
Models and signals of dark matter: observed correlations in the CMB, the dark matter complementarity diagram, dark matter candidates
Direction detection of dark mark matter: basics (nuclear recoild, backgrounds, etc.), applications (noble liquid/gas detectors, solid state detectors, oddball detectors), current status of research in field
Neutrino oscillations; the SNO experiment
Neutrino mass theory and experiment
Neutrinoless double-beta decay


A more detailed schedule for the CAPSS 2018 program can be found here!


Prof. Joseph Bramante (Queen's/CPARC)
Dr. Erica Caden (SNOLAB)
Prof. Ken Clark (Queen's/CPARC)
Prof. Guillaume Giroux (Queen's/CPARC)
Prof. Ryan Martin (Queen's)
Prof. Tony Noble (Queen's/CPARC)
Prof. Kristine Spekkens (Royal Military College)

Target Audience

This school is targeted towards strong 2nd year and 3rd year undergraduate students. We also welcome students in their 4th year who will not have graduated by the time they attend CPAUSS 2018. Both Canadian and international students are welcomed to apply.

Registration Fee & Funding

There is no registration fee, but successful applicants will need to pay a pre-registration fee of $100, reimbursable upon completion of the school.
We will provide accommodations, meals (breakfast and lunch only), one banquet dinner, and transportation from Queen's University to SNOLAB and back.
At this time, we will not be providing travel funding to our successful applicants, but encourage them to explore sources of funding for travel from their home institutions.

For More Info

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