In this issue:
  • Astroparticle Physics in times of Corona
  • APPEC welcomes Poland as new member
  • Interview with Federico Sanchez
  • The MVM Project, from Dark Matter Research to Mechanical Ventilator
  • Snowmass 2021 process
  • Baikal-GVD Deep Underwater Neutrino Telescope
  • QUBIC – a Q&U Bolometric Interferometer for Cosmology
  • Upcoming events
Astroparticle Physics in times of Covid-19
For several weeks now our everyday life has been quite disrupted by the novel corona virus. We all have to master difficult situations in this unusual time, facing conditions we never experienced before. Although everybody has to deal with a different situation some things are common for almost all of us and our institutions.
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APPEC welcomes Poland as new member
In April 2020 the previous observer Poland became an official member of APPEC. In the General Assembly they are represented by Leszek Roszkowski from CAMK, who is director of AstroCeNT - the Particle Astrophysics Science and Technology Centre. Leszek Roszkowski also chairs the APPEC SAC sub-committee preparing a strategy report on direct detection of dark matter.
Interview with Federico Sanchez on the recent T2K results
Recently the T2K experiment published in Nature their results on the constraint of leptonic CP violation. Although there is no one-to-one link between the matter antimatter asymmetry and the value of delta from the T2K measurement, these results are a major step forward in the study of difference between matter and antimatter. Federico Sanchez will explain how T2K measures CP violation and what they can conclude.
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The MVM Project, from Dark Matter Research to Mechanical Ventilator
The rapid spread of COVID-19 has shown a scarcity of ventilators compared to the number of patients. Thus, on the initiative of Cristian Galbiati (GSSI and Princeton University) with Art McDonald (Queen’s University), the MVM Milano Mechanical Ventilator project has been launched. MVM is an innovative device for assisted breathing, based on an open access design, and widely available components for its easy large-scale production.
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Snowmass 2021 process
In the U.S., the Snowmass 2021 process will take place over the next year. Organized by the Division of Particles and Fields of the American Physical Society, this process is intended to define the most important questions for the particle physics community and to identify the most promising ways to address these questions in a global context. Berrie Giebels joins the process as representative for APPEC. Not only the entire HEP community is invited to contribute with Letters of Interest, but also those from related fields like Astroparticle Physics
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The Cubic Kilometer Baikal-GVD Deep Underwater Neutrino Telescope
From February 17 to April 10, two new clusters of optical modules were installed, the sixth and the seventh, at Baikal-GVD Deep Underwater Neutrino Telescope. The effective volume of the facility, corresponding to the detection of hadronic showers produced by neutrinos, reached 0.35 km3.
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QUBIC - a Q&U Bolometric Interferometer for Cosmology
The quest for B-mode polarization of the Cosmic Microwave Background is one of the major challenges of observational cosmology. This is one of the most difficult measurements to make because the expected signal is very small and requires highly sensitive instruments with little systematic bias and with wide frequency coverage in order to separate the primordial signal from the foreground. QUBIC is an instrument based on a new concept called bolometric interferometry.
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LIGO-Virgo Detect the Merger of Two Black Holes with Unequal Masses
On April 12, 2019, the twin LIGO detectors and the Virgo detector observed gravitational-waves from the merger of two black holes. While nearly all previous detections originated from binary black holes with almost equal masses, this event displayed clear signatures of an unequal mass binary. A detailed analysis of the gravitational-wave signal indicates that the two black holes had masses of about 30 and 8 times the mass of the sun.
Upcoming events
Due to the Covid-19 situation most schools and conferences are cancelled or postponed. Some of them will take place as virtual meetings. All information given below is without guarantee. Please check the websites of the events for further information.
Also the APPEC Town Meeting, which was planned for October 2020, is postponed to autumn 2021.
Conferences & other events
You can also find schools and events on
 APPEC meetings
  • General Assembly Meeting, 5 June, online

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