São Paulo School of Advanced Science on High Energy and Plasma Astrophysics in the CTA Era (SPSAS-HighAstro)

The São Paulo School of Advanced Science on High Energy and Plasma Astrophysics in the CTA Era (SPSAS-HighAstro) will take place at the Instituto de Astronomia, Geofísica e Ciências Atmosféricas, University of São Paulo, (IAG-USP) from May 21 to 31, 2017.

The main focus of the school is on training new researchers in the field of High Energy Astrophysics and Plasma Astrophysics, with emphasis in Gamma Rays Astronomy. The school will provide the participants skills to work with the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA).

The Scientific Committee has selected outstanding specialists in the addressed themes for lectures, classes and practical activities.

For this School (SPSAS-HighAstro), a hundred places will be offered for students from Brazil and abroad.

  • Institution

    Instituto de Astronomia, Geofísica e Ciências Atmosféricas - IAG/USP

  • Field of Knowledge


  • Academic Director

    Elisabete Maria de Gouveia Dal Pino

  • Grant Number


  • Date

    2017-05-21 to 2017-05-31

  • Registration Deadline


  • Site


  • City

    São Paulo

  • Keywords

    High Energy Astrophisics, Plasma Astrophysics, Cosmic Rays, Gama Rays

  • Program Hide

    Mini-Course Lectures

    The school SPSAS-HighAstro will firstly contain Mini-Courses (Lectures) of 3 hours each that will cover six fundamental topics.

    Lecture I : Non-thermal radiation magneto-hydrodynamics (MHD) in gamma-ray sources (supernova remnants, pulsar winds, black holes, and jets): Alexander Tchekhovskoy (University of California - Berkeley, USA)

    Lecture II : Cosmic ray propagation: Vladimir Ptuskin (IZMIRAN - Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia)

    Lecture III : Very High Energy Gamma-Ray Emission From Celestial Objects measured with Imaging Air Cherenkov Telescopes: Razmik Mirzoyan (Max Planck Institute for Physics - Munich, Germany)

    Lecture IV : Gamma-Ray data analysis with Cherenkov Telescopes: Gernot Maier (DESY Zeuthen, Germany)

    Lecturer V : Radiation processes in high energy astrophysics:Roberto Aloisio ( INAF - Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory, Italy)

    Lecturer VI : Cosmic ray acceleration: Pasquale Blasi ( INAF - Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory, Italy)

    Key Talks

    SPSAS-HighAstro will secondly include Review Lectures (Key Talks) of 1.30 hours each, to complement the fundamental topics discussed in the mini-course lectures.

    Key Talk 1 : Space versus Ground Based Gamma-Ray Astronomy with FERMI and CTA:Julie McEnery ( NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA)

    Key Talk 2 : Unveiling the Gamma-Ray Universe with the CTA: the Key Science Program: Stefano Vercellone ( INAF - IASF Palermo Observatory, Italy)

    Key Talk 3 : Particle Diffusion in Turbulent Media: Huirong Yan (DESY Zeuthen, University of Potsdam, Germany)

    Key Talk 4 : Particle Acceleration by Magnetic Reconnection:Elisabete M. de Gouveia Dal Pino (IAG - USP, Brazil)

    Invited Talks

    SPSAS-HighAstro will thirdly include Invited Talks, each lasting from 45 min to 1 hour. These will focus on the CTA project and the science that will be developed for the CTA, as well as other aspects of high-energy astrophysics, non-thermal processes, and multi-messengers in the Universe.

    Invited Talk 1: ASTRI Mini-Array - a CTA Precursor:Giovanni Pareschi (INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera, Italy)

    Invited Talk 2: Brazilian Participation in the CTA: Vitor de Souza (IFSC - USP, Brazil)

    Invited Talk 3: Active Galactic Nuclei seen with Gamma-Rays:Ulisses Barres de Almeida ( CBPF, LAFEX, Brazil)

    Invited Talk 4: The different ways of searching for Dark Matter: Fabio Iocco (ICTP - SAIFR, Brazil)

    Invited Talk 5: FAPESP: Science in Sao Paulo and Brazil: Carlos H. de Brito Cruz (FAPESP, Brazil)

    Invited Talk 6: High Energy Messengers of the Non-thermal Universe - from X- and gamma-rays to gravitational waves: Ricardo Sturani ( IIP - UFRN, Brazil)

    Invited Talk 7: AUGER Project: Ronald C. Shellard ( CBPF, Brazil)

    Hands-On Activities

    Finally, there will be Hands-On Activities during the afternoon sessions for providing the participants with practical training. Students will perform theoretical exercises, and simulations of the detection and treatment of gamma-ray data using the tools employed in the FERMI and CTA collaborations, as well as numerical simulations of MHD processes in high-energy astrophysical sources. The coordinators of these hands-on activities will be:

    Ulisses Barres de Almeida (CBPF, Brazil)

    Grzegorz Kowal (EACH - USP & UnicSul, Brazil)

    Rodrigo Nemmen (IAG - USP, Brazil)

    Alexander Tchekhovskoy (Uni. Berkeley, USA)



    will include poster sessions with the presentation of the works of the participating students. Poster abstracts can be submitted during Registration.


    There will be technical visits on Saturday (27 May 2017) to the laboratories LNLS (Brazilian Synchrotron Light Laboratoy) and INPE (National Institute of Space Research). Further details will be posted soon.