IRAP PhD Winter School, Nice, France

The International Relativistic Astrophysics PhD (IRAP PhD) School in Nice will take place from the 23 of February to 2nd of March. It is specially devoted to frontier topics in relativistic astrophysics and to the students of the IRAP PhD Program. Students from the EMJD, CAPES, FAPERJ Programs will participate. The meeting is open to all interested scientists and graduate students.

The members of IOC are the following:
Giovanni Amelino-Camelia (“Sapienza” Università di Roma)
Vladimir Belinski (“Sapienza” Università di Roma and ICRANet)
Carlo Luciano Bianco(“Sapienza” Università di Roma and ICRANet)
Donato Bini (CNR – Ist. per Applicaz. del Calcolo “M. Picone”)
Sandip Kumar Chakrabarti (Indian Centre For Space Physics, India)
Pascal Chardonnet (Université de Savoie ) CO-CHAIRMAN
Christian Cherubini (Università “Campus Biomedico” di Roma)
Thibault Damour (Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques)
Jann Einasto (Tartu Observatory)
Simonetta Filippi (Università di Roma “Campus Biomedico” and ICRANet)
Sergio Frasca (“Sapienza” Università di Roma)
Filippo Frontera (Università di Ferrara)
Jean-Marc Gambaudo (Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis)
Yipeng Jing (Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, China)
Hagen Kleinert (Freie Universitat Berlin)
Olivier Legrand (Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis)
Francois Mignard (Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur)
Hermann Nicolai (Max Plank Institute for Gravitational Physics, Postdam)
Mario Novello (Brazilian Centre For Physics Research, Brazil)
Elène Politano (Ecole Doctorale Nice)
Kjell Rosquist (Stockolm University)
Jorge Rueda (SAPIENZA Università di Roma and ICRANet)
Remo Ruffini (“Sapienza” Università di Roma and ICRANet) CHAIRMAN
Felix Ryde (Stockholm University)
Farrokh Vakili (Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur)
Gregory Vereshchagin (SAPIENZA Università di Roma and ICRANet)
She-Sheng Xue (SAPIENZA Università di Roma and ICRANet)
Shuangnan Zhang (Institute of High Energy Physics – Chinese Academy of Science)

The web site of the School is on http://www.icranet.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=794. The major topics to be discussed are Neutron Stars and Black Holes, Gamma Ray Bursts, Supernovae, close binary systems, Active Galactic Nuclei, Cosmology, Dark Matter, strong fields in experiments on Earth and from space. Ample time for discussions will be granted.

In the period of the meeting many social events, including the famous carnival of Nice, will take place; therefore an early registration will be necessary for the accommodation.
Registration fees of 100 euros will be requested.

Supernovae, Gamma-ray bursts and the induced gravitational collapse

Ecole de Physique de Les Houches
IRAP PhD and Erasmus Mundus Workshop

Supernovae, Gamma-ray bursts and the induced gravitational collapse

The workshop is promoted by ICRANet within the International Relativistic Astrophysics Ph.D. Program (IRAP PhD) and the ERASMUS MUNDUS activities. The recent astrophysical data observed by the satellites Swift, Fermi, Agile as well as the observations of the largest telescopes: VLT, Canari Island and KEK in Hawaii give a clear evidence for a new scenario of understanding between Supernovae and the GRBs. The induced gravitational concept initially proposed in 2001 and then in 2006 revisited appear to give a complete explanation of the main observational data. The new concept of cosmic matrix has been recently proposed and will be discussed with special attention to GRBs 970828, 060218, 060614, 060729, 061007, 080319B, 090227B, 090510A, 090618, 091127, 101023, 110709B, 111228A, 130427A, 130925A.

Invited lecturers include: Boer Michel, Della Valle Massimo, Izzo Luca, Meynet George, Muccino Marco, Nomoto Ken’ichi t.b.c., Penacchioni Ana Virginia, Pisani Giovanni Battista, Soderberg Alicia t.b.c., Xang-Yu Wang et al.

Les Houches Physics School is affiliated with Universite’ Joseph Fourier Grenoble I (UJF). The school is a joint interuniversity facility of UJF and Grenoble-INP, and the Direction des Sciences de la Matiere du Commissariat a l’Energie Atomique (CEA/DSM).

Please download the poster from http://www.icranet.org/images/stories/Meetings/les_houches_2014/poster.pdf

The International Relativistic Astrophysics Ph.D. (IRAP PhD) – Joint Doctorate Program sponsored by ICRANet and Erasmus Mundus, CAPES, FAPERJ

We call attention to the deadline of the 20th of August 2013

5 fellowships for Brazilian Students within the CAPES-ICRANet agreement

Following the successful scientific space missions by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Chile, as well as the high energy particle activities at CERN in Genève, we have initiated a Ph.D. programme dedicated to create a pool of scientists in the field of relativistic astrophysics. After taking full advantage of the observational and experimental facilities mentioned above, the students of our programme are expected to lead the theoretical developments of one of the most active fields of research: relativistic astrophysics.
This program provides expertise in the most advanced topics of mathematical and theoretical physics, and in relativistic field theories, in the context of astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology. It provides the ability to analyse and model the observational data received from the above laboratories. This activity is necessarily international as no single university can have a scientific expertise in such a broad range of fields.
At ICRANet-Rio the ICRANet Brazilian Science Data Centre (BSDC) has been started in 2012 and will be fully developed in 2013, bringing a novel multiwavelength data facility from the X-ray and gamma-ray telescopes all the way to the other bands and astroparticle domain. All this will be in line with the paradigms of the Virtual Observatory. The expertise of the BSDC will be available to all the students and the scientists of the program.
We announce different calls: one with a deadline on 16 February 2013, sponsored by Erasmus Mundus, an additional one with a deadline on 20 August 2013 sponsored by CAPES, reserved to Brazilian students, and a last one with a deadline on 30 September 2013. The Erasmus Mundus program has a very competitive salary as well as comprehensive benefits.
The Institutions participating in the IRAP PhD are: the international organization ICRANet (Pescara, Rio de Janeiro and Rome) as coordinating institution and the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis as the host Institution; the Albert Einstein Institute, Potsdam (Germany); the Brazilian Center for Physics Research (CBPF); the Free University of Berlin (Germany); Indian Centre for Space Physics, Kolkata (India); Observatoire de la Cote D’Azur, Nice (France); Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, China; University of Ferrara (Italy); University of Rome, la Sapienza (Italy); University of Savoie, Annecy (France); University of Stockolm (Sweden); Tartu Observatory (Estonia). The Final Ph.D. degree will be jointly delivered by the Academic Institutions participating in the program.
We encourage applications from the best candidates worldwide, independent of nationality, gender or background.
The Courses: Each student will have to follow 180 hours of courses during the three years of the Ph.D. program. There is also a possibility to follow courses from other Physics, Mathematics, Astronomy and Astrophysics Ph.D. programs in each participating institution, after approval by the Faculty.
Courses can be chosen from the following list:
COSMOLOGY WITH GAMMA RAY BURSTS-Lorenzo AMATI; VERY HIGH ENERGY PHENOMENA IN ASTROPHYSICS-Felix AHARONIAN; COSMOLOGICAL SINGULARITY-Vladimir BELINSKI; RELATIVISTIC EFFECTS IN ASTROPHYSICS-Carlo Luciano BIANCO; OBSERVERS AND OBSERVABLES IN BLACK HOLE SPACETIMES-Donato BINI; FEYNMAN DIAGRAMS IN RELATIVISTIC QUANTUM FIELD THEORIES-Johannes BLUEMLEIN; ACCRETIONS ON BLACK HOLES-Sandip Kumar CHAKRABARTI; PARTICLE PHYSICS APPLIED TO ASTROPHYSICS-Pascal CHARDONNET; GENERAL RELATIVITY-Thibault DAMOUR; SUPERNOVAE AND GRBS-Massimo DELLA VALLE; LARGE SCALE STRUCTURE-Jaan EINASTO; X/GAMMA-RAY INSTRUMENTATION-Filippo FRONTERA; MULTIWAVELENGTH DATA ANALYSIS IN ASTROPHYSICS-Paolo GIOMMI; ON THE KERR SOLUTION-Roy KERR; RELATIVISTIC QUANTUM FIELD THEORY-Hagen KLEINERT; BOUNCING COSMOLOGY-Mario NOVELLO; BKL COSMOLOGY AND HIDDEN SYMMETRIES IN GRAVITY-Hermann NICOLAI; TIMING ANALYSIS TECHNIQUES OF ASTROPHYSICAL DATA-Mauro ORLANDINI; GRB THEORIES-Tsvi PIRAN; SINGULARITIES AND GENERAL RELATIVITY-Kjell ROSQUIST; BLACKHOLES AND FUNDAMENTAL PHYSICS-Remo RUFFINI; PHOTOSPHERIC EMISSION IN GRBs-Felix RYDE; SOLAR ASTROMETRY-Costantino SIGISMONDI; THE HIGH-ENERGY GAMMA-RAY UNIVERSE-Marco TAVANI; BLACK HOLE AND NEUTRONS STARS: OBSERVATIONS VS. THEORY-Lev TITARCHUK; RELATIVISTIC KINETIC THEORY-Gregory VERESHCHAGIN; STRONG COUPLING QED AND ELECTRON-POSITRON PLASMA-She-Sheng XUE; THEORIES ON GAMMA-RAY BURSTS-Bing ZHANG; X-RAY ASTROPHYSICS
Shuangnan ZHANG.
THE FACULTY: Giovanni Amelino-Camelia (SAPIENZA Università di Roma)- Vladimir Belinski (SAPIENZA Università di Roma and ICRANet)- Carlo Luciano Bianco (SAPIENZA Università di Roma and ICRANet) – Donato Bini (CNR – Istit. per Applicaz. del Calcolo “M. Picone”) – Sandip Kumar Chakrabarti (Indian Centre For Space Physics, India) – Pascal Chardonnet (Erasmus Mundus Coordinator)Université de Savoie – Christian Cherubini (Università “Campus Biomedico” di Roma) – Thibault Damour (IHES, Bures-sur-Yvette) – Jaan Einasto (Tartu Observatory) – Simonetta Filippi (Univ.“Campus Biomedico” di Roma and ICRANet) – Sergio Frasca (SAPIENZA Università di Roma) – Filippo Frontera (Università di Ferrara) – Jean-Marc Gambaudo (Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis) – Yipeng Jing (Shanghai Astronomical Observatory) – Hagen Kleinert (Freie Universitat Berlin) – Olivier Legrand (Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis) – Francois Mignard (Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur) – Hermann Nicolai (Max Planck Inst. for Gravitational Physics, Potsdam) – Mario Novello (Brazilian Centre For Physics Research, Brazil) – Elène Politano (Ecole Doctorale Nice) – Kjell Rosquist (Stockholm University) – Jorge Rueda (CAPES – ICRANet coordinator) (SAPIENZA Università di Roma and ICRANet) – Remo Ruffini (Director)(SAPIENZA Università di Roma and ICRANet) – Felix Ryde (Stockholm University) – Farrokh Vakili (Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur) – Gregory Vereshchagin (SAPIENZA Università di Roma and ICRANet) – She Sheng Xue (SAPIENZA Università di Roma and ICRANet) – Shuangnan Zhang (Institute of High Energy Physics – Chinese Academy of Science)

Applications and Fellowships: In the call of February 16th, 2013, nine fellowships will be available within the Erasmus Mundus Program, with a full and specially attractive economical support. See http://www.icranet.org/irap-phd or http://www.irap-phd.eu. In the additional call of August 20th, 2013, five additional fellowships will be available for Brazilian students within the CAPES-ICRANet agreement. In the call of September 30, 2013 four additional fellowships will be available: two with full financial support. See http://www.icranet.org/irap-phd.

International Relativistic Astrophysics Ph.D. Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate Program

Following the successful scientific space missions by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Chile, as well as the high energy particle activities at CERN in Genève, we have initiated a Ph.D. programme dedicated to create a pool of scientists in the field of relativistic astrophysics. After taking full advantage of the observational and experimental facilities mentioned above, the students of our programme are expected to lead the theoretical developments of one of the most active fields of research: relativistic astrophysics.

This program provides expertise in the most advanced topics of mathematical and theoretical physics, and in relativistic field theories, in the context of astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology. It provides the ability to model the observational data received from the above laboratories. This activity is necessarily international as no single university can have a scientific expertise in such a broad range of fields.

We announce two calls: one with a deadline on 19 February 2012, sponsored by Erasmus Mundus, and the other with a deadline on 30 September 2012. The Erasmus Mundus program has a very competitive salary as well as comprehensive benefits.

The Institutions participating in the IRAP PhD are: the international organization ICRANet as coordinating institution and the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis as the host Institution; the Albert Einstein Institute, Potsdam; the Brazilian Center for Physics Research (CBPF) and ICRA Brasil; the Free University of Berlin; Indian Centre for Space Physics, Kolkata; Observatoire de la Cote D’Azur, Nice; Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, China; University of Ferrara, Italy; University of Rome, la Sapienza, Italy; University of Savoie, Annecy, France; University of Stockolm, Sweden, Tartu Observatory, Estonia. The Final Ph.D. degree will be jointly delivered by the Academic Institutions participating in the program.

We encourage applications from the best candidates worldwide, independent of nationality, gender or background. The Courses: Each student will have to follow 180 hours of courses during the three years of the Ph.D. program. There is also a possibility to follow courses from other Physics, Mathematics, Astronomy and Astrophysics Ph.D. programs in each participating institution, after approval by the Faculty. Courses can be chosen from the following list:
VERY HIGH ENERGY PHENOMENA IN ASTROPHYSICS – Felix AHARONIAN; COSMOLOGICAL SINGULARITY – Vladimir BELINSKI; RELATIVISTIC EFFECTS IN ASTROPHYSICS – Carlo Luciano BIANCO; OBSERVERS AND OBSERVABLES IN BLACK HOLE SPACETIMES – Donato BINI; ACCRETIONS ON BLACK HOLES – Sandip Kumar CHAKRABARTI; PARTICLE PHYSICS APPLIED TO ASTROPHYSICS – Pascal CHARDONNET; GENERAL RELATIVITY – Thibault DAMOUR; SUPERNOVAE AND GRBS – Massimo DELLA VALLE; LARGE SCALE STRUCTURE – Jaan EINASTO; TOPICS IN COSMOLOGY AND PARTICLE ASTROPHYSICS – Li Zhi FANG; X/GAMMA-RAY INSTRUMENTATION – Filippo FRONTERA; HIGH ENERGY ASTROPHYSICS: X-RAYS CLUSTERS – Riccardo GIACCONI; ON THE KERR SOLUTION – Roy KERR; RELATIVISTIC FIELD THEORY – Hagen KLEINERT; BOUNCING COSMOLOGY – Mario NOVELLO; BKL COSMOLOGY AND HIDDEN SYMMETRIES IN GRAVITY – Hermann NICOLAI; THE HIGH-ENERGY GAMMA-RAY UNIVERSE – Marco TAVANI; SPECTRAL TIMING FROM BLACK HOLE SOURCES – Lev TITARCHUK; SINGULARITIES AND GENERAL RELATIVITY – Kjell ROSQUIST; BLACK HOLES AND FUNDAMENTAL PHYSICS – Remo RUFFINI; RELATIVISTIC KINETIC THEORY – Gregory VERESHCHAGIN; STRONG COUPLING QED AND ELECTRON-POSITRON PLASMA – She-Sheng XUE; THEORIES ON GAMMA-RAY BURSTS – Bing ZHANG; X-RAY ASTROPHYSICS – Shuangnan ZHANG

The Faculty: Giovanni Amelino-Camelia (SAPIENZA Università di Roma) – Vladimir Belinski (SAPIENZA Università di Roma and ICRANet) – Carlo Luciano Bianco (SAPIENZA Università di Roma and ICRANet) – Donato Bini (CNR – Istit. per Applicaz. del Calcolo “M. Picone”) – Sandip Kumar Chakrabarti (Indian Centre For Space Physics, India) – Pascal Chardonnet (Erasmus Mundus Coordinator) – Université de Savoie; Christian Cherubini – Università “Campus Biomedico” di Roma; Pierre Coullet – Université de Nice – Sophie Antipolis; Thibault Damour – IHES, Bures-sur-Yvette; Jaan Einasto – Tartu Observatory; Simonetta Filippi – Univ.“Campus Biomedico” di Roma and ICRANet; Sergio Frasca – SAPIENZA Università di Roma; Filippo Frontera – Università di Ferrara; Yipeng Jing – Shanghai Astronomical Observatory; Hagen Kleinert – Freie Universitat Berlin; Gian Luca Lippi – Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis; Francois Mignard – Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur; Hermann Nicolai – Max Planck Inst. for Gravitational Physics, Potsdam; Mario Novello – Brazilian Centre For Physics Research, Brazil; José Pacheco – Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur; Kjell Rosquist – Stockolm University; Remo Ruffini (Director) – SAPIENZA Università di Roma and ICRANet; FarrokhVakili – Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur; Gregory Vereshchagin – SAPIENZA Università di Roma and ICRANet; She Sheng Xue – SAPIENZA Università di Roma and ICRANet; Shuangnan Zhang – Institute of High Energy Physics – Chinese Academy of Science

The Host Institution for the call of 2012-2015 is the Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis; Grand Château 28 Avenue Valrose 21 – B.P. 2135 – 06103 NICE CEDEX 2

International Relativistic Astrophysics PhD: 2nd call for 2011-2012

9 Erasmus Mundus funded positions available (3 for European students, 5 for non-European students, 1 for “Western Balkans and Turkey Window” candidates)

Deadlines: 30 September 2011

Additional Information: http://www.irap-phd.org – http://www.icranet.org – http://www.icra.it

Following the successful scientific space missions by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Chile, as well as the high energy particle activities at CERN in Genève, we have initiated a Ph.D. programme dedicated to create a pool of scientists in the field of relativistic astrophysics. After taking full advantage of the observational and experimental facilities mentioned above, the students of our programme are expected to lead the theoretical developments of one of the most active fields of research: relativistic astrophysics. This program provides expertise in the most advanced topics of mathematical and theoretical physics, and in relativistic field theories, in the context of astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology. It provides the ability to model the observational data received from the above laboratories. This activity is necessarily international as no single university can have a scientific expertise in such a broad range of fields.

The Erasmus Mundus program has a very competitive salary as well as comprehensive benefits.

The Institutions participating in the IRAP PhD are: the international organization ICRANet as coordinating institution and the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis as the host Institution; the Albert Einstein Institute, Potsdam; the Brazilian Center for Physics Research (CBPF) and ICRA Brasil; the Free University of Berlin; Indian Centre for Space Physics, Kolkata; Observatoire de la Cote D’Azur, Nice; Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, China; University of Ferrara, Italy; University of Rome, la Sapienza, Italy; University of Savoie, Annecy, France; University of Stockolm, Sweden, Tartu Observatory , Estonia. The Final Ph.D. degree will be jointly delivered by the Academic Institutions participating in the program. We encourage applications from the most qualified and motivated candidates worldwide, independent of nationality, gender or background. Special attention will be given to applicants originating from or planning to move to countries where ICRANet activities are in action or being planned.

The Courses: Each student will have to follow 180 hours of courses during the three years of the Ph.D. program. There is also a possibility to follow courses from other Physics, Mathematics, Astronomy and Astrophysics Ph.D. programs in each participating institution, after approval by the Faculty. Courses can be chosen from the following list:

VERY HIGH ENERGY PHENOMENA IN ASTROPHYSICS Felix AHARONIAN
COSMOLOGICAL SINGULARITY Vladimir BELINSKI
RELATIVISTIC EFFECTS IN ASTROPHYSICS Carlo Luciano BIANCO
OBSERVERS AND OBSERVABLES IN BLACK HOLES SPACETIME Donato BINI
ACCRETIONS ON BLACK HOLES Sandip Kumar CHAKRABARTI
PARTICLE PHYSICS APPLIED TO ASTROPHYSICS Pascal CHARDONNET
GENERAL RELATIVITY Thibault DAMOUR
SUPERNOVAE AND GRBS Massimo DELLA VALLE
LARGE SCALE STRUCTURE Jaan EINASTO
TOPICS IN COSMOLOGY AND PARTICLE ASTROPHYSICS Li Zhi FANG
X/GAMMA-RAY INSTRUMENTATION Filippo FRONTERA
HIGH ENERGY ASTROPHYSICS: X-RAYS CLUSTERS Riccardo GIACCONI
OBSERVATIONS OF GAMMA-RAY BURSTS Cristiano GUIDORZI
FORMATION OF GALAXIES Yipeng JING
ON THE KERR SOLUTION Roy KERR
RELATIVISTIC FIELD THEORIES Hagen KLEINERT
HOLOGRAPHY, ENTROPIC GRAVITY AND COSMOLOGY Li MIAO
BOUNCING COSMOLOGY Mario NOVELLO
BKL COSMOLOGY AND HIDDEN SYMMETRIES Hermann NICOLAI
THE HIGH-ENERGY GAMMA-RAY UNIVERSE Marco TAVANI
SPECTRAL TIMING FROM BLACK HOLE SOURCES Lev TITARCHUK
SINGULARITIES AND GENERAL RELATIVITY – Kjell ROSQUIST
BLACK HOLES AND FUNDAMENTAL PHYSICS Remo RUFFINI
RELATIVISTIC KINETIC THEORY Gregory VERESHCHAGIN
QED AND ELECTRON-POSITRON PLASMA She-Sheng XUE

The Host Institution for the call of 2011-2012 is the Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis; Grand Château 28 Avenue Valrose 21 – B.P. 2135 – 06103 NICE CEDEX 2

Applications and Fellowships:
In the call of September 30, 2011 nine additional fellowships will be available: six with full financial support. See http://www.icra.it and http://www.icranet.org. For further Information please contact: Dr. Carlo Luciano Bianco tel. + 39 06 4991 4 397, secretariat-irapphd[at]icra.it; Dr. Pina Barbaro Université de Nice- Parc Valrose 06108 Nice Cedex, Pina.Barbaro[at]unice.fr

The Faculty

Giovanni Amelino-Camelia – SAPIENZA Università di Roma
Vladimir Belinski – SAPIENZA Università di Roma and ICRANet
Carlo Luciano Bianco – SAPIENZA Università di Roma and ICRANet
Donato Bini – CNR – Istit. per Applicaz. del Calcolo “M. Picone”
Sandip Kumar Chakrabarti – Indian Centre For Space Physics, India
Pascal Chardonnet (Erasmus Mundus Coordinator) – Université de Savoie
Christian Cherubini – Università “Campus Biomedico” di Roma
Pierre Coullet – Université de Nice – Sophie Antipolis
Thibault Damour – IHES, Bures-sur-Yvette
Jaan Einasto – Tartu Observatory
Simonetta Filippi – Univ.“Campus Biomedico” di Roma and ICRANet
Sergio Frasca – SAPIENZA Università di Roma
Filippo Frontera – Università di Ferrara
Yipeng Jing – Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, China
Hagen Kleinert – Freie Universitat Berlin
Gian Luca Lippi – Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis
Francois Mignard – Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur
Hermann Nicolai – Max Planck Inst. for Gravitational Physics, Potsdam
Mario Novello – Brazilian Centre For Physics Research, Brazil
José Pacheco – Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur
Kjell Rosquist – Stockolm University
Remo Ruffini (Director) – SAPIENZA Università di Roma and ICRANet
Farrokh Vakili – Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur
Gregory Vereshchagin – SAPIENZA Università di Roma and ICRANet
Xue She Sheng – SAPIENZA Università di Roma and ICRANet

IRAP PhD and Erasmus Mundus Workshop – Gamma Ray Bursts, their progenitors and the role of thermal emission

The workshop is promoted by ICRANet within the International Relativistic Astrophysics Ph. D. Program (IRAP Ph D) and the ERASMUS MUNDUS activities. Lectures will be presented by leading Physicists and Astrophysicists working in the theory and observations of Gamma Ray Bursts, Supernovae as well as in the interface of Nuclear Physics, White Dwarfs, Neutron Star Physics and Black Holes Physics. Special attention is being devoted to the Gamma Ray Bursts and their progenitors and to the role of the thermal emission.

Invited lecturers include: Amati Lorenzo, Antonelli Angelo, Baranov Andrey, Beloborodov Andrei, Berger Edo, Bianco Carlo L., Boer Michel, Campana Sergio, Chakrabarti Sandip, Costa Enrico, Covino Stefano, Dai Zigao, D’Avanzo Paolo, Della Valle Massimo, Frontera Filippo, Ghirlanda Giancarlo, Giannios Dimitrios, Giommi Paolo, Guidorzi Cristiano, Guiriec Sylvain, Ioka Kunihito, Lou Yuqing, Malesani Daniele, Mazzali Paolo A., Pe’er Asaf, Pian Elena, Piran Tsvi, Popov Mikhail, Poutanen Juri, Rueda Jorge A., Ryde Felix, Salvaterra Ruben, Tagliaferri Gianpiero, Tavani Marco, Valenti Stefano, Vereshchagin Gregory, Vurm Indrek, Wang Xiang-Yu, Xue She-Sheng, Zhang Bing

The registration fee is 350€ and it includes accommodation, lunches, dinners, coffee breaks and the proceedings publication. Proceedings will be published by World Scientific Pub. in their Astrophysical Series.

You can find information on how to reach Les Houches on the website: the nearest airport is the Geneva one, that is 1 hour drive, then there are many public and private shuttle services from the airport to the conference location. As regards accommodation, there are 70 chalets in the school: they are single-rooms with toilet facilities. If you are interested in booking one of them, please send an email to annapia.delbeato[at]icranet.org with information on your name, surname, age and sex. You can settle into your room from 6pm on Sunday evening; you should leave your room on Friday morning, after breakfast.

IRAP PhD and Erasmus Mundus Workshop on: Recent News from the GeV and TeV Gamma-Ray Domains: Results and Interpretations

This workshop is jointly organized by ICRANet, the Universities of Rome “Sapienza” and “Tor Vergata” and the Max-Planck-Institut fuer Kernphysik (Heidelberg), within the Erasmus Mundus Doctorate Program. The main topics discussed will be UHE, Extreme Astrophysical Accelerators, AGN, Galactic Center, Black Holes, Blazars, Gamma-Ray and Neutrino Signatures, Supermassive Black Holes, FERMI LAT data, SNRs, Cyg X-3 and Cyg X-1, Big Surprises from the Crab Nebula, AGILE data on SNRs, SNR Gamma-Cygni.

Lecturers include:
Aharonian Felix – The Nature’s perfectly designed Extreme Accelerators, Barkov Maxim – Particle acceleration and gamma-ray production in AGN initiated by the jet-star interactions, Jones Dave – Multiwavelength studies of the Galactic Center, Kafexhiu Ervin – Excitation and destruction of nuclei in hot astrophysical plasmas around black holes, Lefa Eva – Time-dependent modeling of the energy spectra of gamma-ray blazars, Prosekin Anton – Gamma-ray and neutrino signatures of sources of 1020 eV cosmic rays, Rieger Frank – Particle acceleration and gamma-ray production in the vicinity of supermassive black holes. The case of M87, Ruizhi Yang – The study of extended gamma-ray sources based on the FERMI LAT data

Ruffini Remo – GRBs and Supernovae: common conceptual issues, Benedetti Alberto – On the frequency of plasma oscillations in the pair plasma generated by a strong electric field, Bianco Carlo Luciano – The canonical GRB scenario, Caito Letizia – The case of disguised short GRBs, De Barros Gustavo – The case of GRB 050509B, Fraga Machado De Oliveira Bernardo – Cosmological Constraints on inos masses and quantum statistic, Han Wenbiao – Electron-positron pair oscillation in spatially inhomogeneous electric fields and radiation, Izzo Luca – on a Nova undergoing outburst, Malheiro Manuel – Magnetized White Dwarfs, Penacchioni Ana V. – The case of Multiple GRBs, Rueda Jorge A. – Thomas Fermi in Relativistic Field Theories, Siutsou Ivan – Self Gravitating inos and constant surface density, Vereshchagin Gregory – Transparency of an extended relativistic shell along the line of sight and application to GRBs, Xue She-Sheng – Space-time evolution of electric fields in compact stars

Tavani Marco – On SNR RX 1713.7, Discussion of particle acceleration in SNRs, Overview of galactic microquasars and focus on Cyg X-3 and Cyg X-1, Big surprises from the Crab Nebula: variability and theory, Cardillo Martina – on SNR W44, Giuliani Andrea – Overview of AGILE data on SNRs, On SNR W28, Piano Giovanni – On SNR Gamma-Cygni, Striani Edoardo – The mysterious Galactic gamma-ray sources, Vercellone Stefano – The brightest gamma-ray blazar: 3C 454.3 (“Crazy Diamond”), Vittorini Valerio – Theoretical models of 3C 454.3 and similar monsters

All interested scientists and students are invited to register themselves using the form that can be found on the website:

http://www.icranet.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=574

The registration fee is 300€.

IRAP PhD and Erasmus Mundus Workshop: From Nuclei to White Dwarfs and Neutron Stars (2nd announcement)

The workshop is promoted by ICRANet within the International Relativistic Astrophysics Ph. D. Program (IRAP Ph D) and the ERASMUS MUNDUS activities. Lectures will be presented by leading Physicists and Astrophysicists working in the interface of Nuclear Physics, White Dwarfs, Neutron Star Physics and Black Holes Physics. Special attention is being devoted to the new scenarios presented by the observations of X-ray bursters, Gamma Ray Bursts and Supernovae.

Lecturers include: Aksenov Aleksey, Arnett David, Baym Gordon, Bianco Carlo Luciano, Bisnovaty-Kogan Gennady, Casey Meakin (TBC), Chardonnet Pascal, Chechetkin Valery, Della Valle Massimo, Fuller George (TBC), Izzo Luca, Lattimer Jim, Meynet George, Mezzacappa Anthony, Nadyozhin Dmitrij K., Ott Christian, Pelletier Guy, Pethick Chris, Psaltis Dimitrios(TBC), Rotondo Michael, Rueda Jorge A., Ruffini Remo, Vereshchagin Gregory, Xue She-Sheng

All interested scientists and students can register themselves using the form on the webpages:

http://astro-les-houches.in2p3.fr/index.html

or

http://www.icranet.org

The registration fee is 350€ and it includes accommodation, lunches, coffee breaks and the proceedings publication.

You can find information on how to reach Les Houches on the website: the nearest airport is the Geneva one, that is 1 hour drive, then there are many public and private shuttle services from the airport to the conference location. As regards accommodation, there are 70 chalets in the school: they are single-rooms with toilet facilities. If you are interested in booking one of them, please send a mail to annapia.delbeato[AT]icranet.org with information on your name, surname, age and sex. You can settle into your room from 6pm on Sunday evening; you should leave your room on Friday morning, after the breakfast.

9 PhD positions in Relativistic Astrophysics – International Relativistic Astrophysics PhD Program

PhD Admissions and Funding at the International Relativistic Astrophysics PhD Program Consortium (IRAP PhD). The coordinating Institution is the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis located in the French Riviera. The IRAP PhD program intends to create the condition of high level education in Relativistic Astrophysics to create a new generation of leading scientists. Each student admitted to the Ph.D. program will be part of a team inside one of the laboratories of the consortium. They will have the opportunity to work in the laboratories of the consortium and be introduced to new topics in the forefront research by internationally recognized experts. In this way the students will come in direct contact with some of the leading scientists in the world working in the theoretical fields of general relativity, relativistic astrophysics, cosmology and in quantum field theories. They will also have access to observations from the leading observatories in space missions in infrared, x and gamma rays wavelengths, as well as to the new generation of large optical telescopes on the ground and ino’s underground observatories. This research is by its nature international and we have identified for this collaborative effort some of the leading European Universities in these fields linked to a vast international collaboration worldwide. The Degree will be a joint one of all the participating Academic institutions.

Students strongly motivated in the study of relativistic astrophysics and fundamental physics and mathematics are encouraged to apply.

The Partners of the Consortium are:
UNIVERSITE DE NICE – SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS, France (Co-ordinating institution) – SHANGHAI ASTRONOMICAL OBSERVATORY, China – FREE UNIVERSITY OF BERLIN, Germany – AEI – POTSDAM, Germany – TARTU OBSERVATORY, Estonia – STOCKHOLM UNIVERSITY, Sweden – UNIVERSITY OF FERRARA, Italy – UNIVERSITY OF ROME – LA SAPIENZA, Italy – BRAZILIAN CENTRE FOR PHYSICS RESEARCH, Brazil – OBSERVATORY OF THE CÔTE D’AZUR, France – INDIAN CENTRE FOR SPACE PHYSICS, India – ICRA and ICRANet – UNIVERSITY OF SAVOIE, France
Director of the course: Prof. Remo Ruffini

PhD students will receive a very competitive salary (gross salary 2800 Euros per month and a 7500 Euro installation grant for non-European students), computing facilities and support for travel, and comprehensive benefits including paid vacation, health care insurance and retirement benefits. To be eligible, applicants should have obtained a Masters degree in astronomy, astrophysics, theoretical physics or a related field. We encourage applications from the best candidates irrespective of nationality, gender or background. Student research will be carried out in the framework of the IRAP PhD Consortium. They will obtain a joint PhD diploma.

Consult the web page: http://www.irap-phd.org for details and application instructions. All inquiries should be directed to Prof. Pascal Chardonnet: chardonnet[at]lapp.in2p3.fr.

Applicants are requested send a curriculum vitae, an application form, a list of all university courses taken and transcripts of grades obtained, brief statements of research interests and experience, and the contact information for at least two referees. Applications received by the deadline of February 28, 2011 will receive full consideration.

From Nuclei to White Dwarfs and Neutron Stars

The meeting is directed by David Arnett and Remo Ruffini within the ERASMUS MUNDUS and ICRANet activities in the International Relativistic Astrophysics Ph. D. Program. Lectures will be presented by leading Physicists and Astrophysicists working in the interface of Nuclear Physics, White Dwarfs, Neutron Star Physics and Black Holes Physics. Special attention is being devoted to the new scenarios presented by the observations of Gamma Ray Bursts.

International Relativistic Astrophysics PhD: 2011 Announcement

9 Erasmus Mundus funded positions available (3 for European students, 5 for non-European students, 1 for “Western Balkans and Turkey Window” candidates)

Deadlines:
28 February 2011- Erasmus Mundus program full economical support is provided
30 September 2011- nine additional fellowships

Additional Information: http://www.irap-phd.org – http://www.icranet.org – http://www.icra.it

Following the successful scientific space missions by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Chile, as well as the high energy particle activities at CERN in Genève, we have initiated a Ph.D. programme dedicated to create a pool of scientists in the field of relativistic astrophysics. After taking full advantage of the observational and experimental facilities mentioned above, the students of our programme are expected to lead the theoretical developments of one of the most active fields of research: relativistic astrophysics. This program provides expertise in the most advanced topics of mathematical and theoretical physics, and in relativistic field theories, in the context of astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology. It provides the ability to model the observational data received from the above laboratories. This activity is necessarily international as no single university can have a scientific expertise in such a broad range of fields.

We announce two calls: one with a deadline on 28 February 2011, sponsored by Erasmus Mundus, and the other with a deadline on 30 September 2011. The Erasmus Mundus program has a very competitive salary as well as comprehensive benefits.

The Institutions participating in the IRAP PhD are: the international organization ICRANet as coordinating institution and the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis as the host Institution; the Albert Einstein Institute, Potsdam; the Brazilian Center for Physics Research (CBPF) and ICRA Brasil; the Free University of Berlin; Indian Centre for Space Physics, Kolkata; Observatoire de la Cote D’Azur, Nice; Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, China; University of Ferrara, Italy; University of Rome, la Sapienza, Italy; University of Savoie, Annecy, France; University of Stockolm, Sweden, Tartu Observatory , Estonia. The Final Ph.D. degree will be jointly delivered by the Academic Institutions participating in the program. We encourage applications from the most qualified and motivated candidates worldwide, independent of nationality, gender or background. Special attention will be given to applicants originating from or planning to move to countries where ICRANet activities are in action or being planned.

The Courses: Each student will have to follow 180 hours of courses during the three years of the Ph.D. program. There is also a possibility to follow courses from other Physics, Mathematics, Astronomy and Astrophysics Ph.D. programs in each participating institution, after approval by the Faculty. Courses can be chosen from the following list:

VERY HIGH ENERGY PHENOMENA IN ASTROPHYSICS Felix AHARONIAN
COSMOLOGICAL SINGULARITY Vladimir BELINSKI
RELATIVISTIC EFFECTS IN ASTROPHYSICS Carlo Luciano BIANCO
OBSERVERS AND OBSERVABLES IN BLACK HOLES SPACETIME Donato BINI
ACCRETIONS ON BLACK HOLES Sandip Kumar CHAKRABARTI
PARTICLE PHYSICS APPLIED TO ASTROPHYSICS Pascal CHARDONNET
GENERAL RELATIVITY Thibault DAMOUR
SUPERNOVAE AND GRBS Massimo DELLA VALLE
LARGE SCALE STRUCTURE Jaan EINASTO
TOPICS IN COSMOLOGY AND PARTICLE ASTROPHYSICS Li Zhi FANG
X/GAMMA-RAY INSTRUMENTATION Filippo FRONTERA
HIGH ENERGY ASTROPHYSICS: X-RAYS CLUSTERS Riccardo GIACCONI
OBSERVATIONS OF GAMMA-RAY BURSTS Cristiano GUIDORZI
FORMATION OF GALAXIES Yipeng JING
ON THE KERR SOLUTION Roy KERR
RELATIVISTIC FIELD THEORIES Hagen KLEINERT
HOLOGRAPHY, ENTROPIC GRAVITY AND COSMOLOGY Li MIAO
BOUNCING COSMOLOGY Mario NOVELLO
BKL COSMOLOGY AND HIDDEN SYMMETRIES Hermann NICOLAI
THE HIGH-ENERGY GAMMA-RAY UNIVERSE Marco TAVANI
SPECTRAL TIMING FROM BLACK HOLE SOURCES Lev TITARCHUK
SINGULARITIES AND GENERAL RELATIVITY – Kjell ROSQUIST
BLACK HOLES AND FUNDAMENTAL PHYSICS Remo RUFFINI
RELATIVISTIC KINETIC THEORY Gregory VERESHCHAGIN
QED AND ELECTRON-POSITRON PLASMA She-Sheng XUE

The Host Institution for the call of 2011-2012 is the Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis; Grand Château 28 Avenue Valrose 21 – B.P. 2135 – 06103 NICE CEDEX 2

Applications and Fellowships:

In 2011-2012, nine positions will be available. In the call of February 28, 2011, within the ERASMUS MUNDUS program, full economical support is provided. See http://www.irap-phd.org. In the call of September 30, 2011 nine additional fellowships will be available: six with full financial support. See http://www.icra.it and http://www.icranet.org. For further Information please contact: Dr. Carlo Luciano Bianco tel. + 39 06 4991 4 397, secretariat-irapphd[at]icra.it; Dr. Pina Barbaro Université de Nice- Parc Valrose 06108 Nice Cedex, Pina.Barbaro[at]unice.fr

The Faculty

Giovanni Amelino-Camelia – SAPIENZA Università di Roma
Vladimir Belinski – SAPIENZA Università di Roma and ICRANet
Carlo Luciano Bianco – SAPIENZA Università di Roma and ICRANet
Donato Bini – CNR – Istit. per Applicaz. del Calcolo “M. Picone”
Sandip Kumar Chakrabarti – Indian Centre For Space Physics, India
Pascal Chardonnet (Erasmus Mundus Coordinator) – Université de Savoie
Christian Cherubini – Università “Campus Biomedico” di Roma
Pierre Coullet – Université de Nice – Sophie Antipolis
Thibault Damour – IHES, Bures-sur-Yvette
Jaan Einasto – Tartu Observatory
Simonetta Filippi – Univ.“Campus Biomedico” di Roma and ICRANet
Sergio Frasca – SAPIENZA Università di Roma
Filippo Frontera – Università di Ferrara
Yipeng Jing – Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, China
Hagen Kleinert – Freie Universitat Berlin
Gian Luca Lippi – Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis
Francois Mignard – Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur
Hermann Nicolai – Max Planck Inst. for Gravitational Physics, Potsdam
Mario Novello – Brazilian Centre For Physics Research, Brazil
José Pacheco – Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur
Kjell Rosquist – Stockolm University
Remo Ruffini (Director) – SAPIENZA Università di Roma and ICRANet
Farrokh Vakili – Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur
Gregory Vereshchagin – SAPIENZA Università di Roma and ICRANet
Xue She Sheng – SAPIENZA Università di Roma and ICRANet

International Relativistic Astrophysics PhD Program 2010-2011

In 2010-2011 ten positions will be available, six with fellowship support.

The application deadline is September 30th, 2010.

Application Forms:
http://www.icra.it and http://www.icranet.org

Information:
Dr. Carlo Luciano Bianco
tel. + 39 06 4991 4 397
e-mail: bianco[AT]icra.it

Following the successful scientific space missions by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Southern observatory (ESO) in Chile, as well as the high-energy particle activities at CERN in Genève, we have created a Ph.D. program dedicated to the formation of scientists in the field of relativistic astrophysics. The students of such a program will lead the theoretical developments of one of the most active fields of research, based on the above observational and experimental facilities. This program provides expertise in the most advanced topics of mathematical and theoretical physics, and in relativistic field theories, in the context of astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology.It provides the ability to model the observational data received from the above facilities. This activity is necessarily international, no single university can cover the broad expertises.

The proposed program of the IRAP Ph.D. enjoys the collaboration of some of the most famous European Universities with one of the youngest and most dynamical French universities, the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis. Also it benefits from the presence of the Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur and the presence of the ICRANet Center at Villa Ratti in Nice, where the coordination of the IRAP Ph.D. will take place. The astronomical aspects of the large scale of the Universe will be illustrated by the teaching by the Tartu Observatory. The activities at ICRANet Centers, at the ETH of Zurich, at the University of Rome, at Stockholm University offer teaching programs in all the fields of relativistic astrophysics, including cosmology, the physics of gravitational collapse, gamma-ray bursts, and black hole physics.

The participation of the Freie Universität Berlin and of the Einstein Institute in Potsdam offers the possibility of teaching in relativistic field theories at the highest level. The University of Savoie offers the link to the particle physics at CERN. The University of Ferrara will be present with lectures and researches in the topics they have pioneered such as instrumentations developments and data analysis for X and Gamma ray astrophysics and observational cosmology.Through ICRANet the extra-European connections with Brazil, China and India will be guaranteed: in China, with the Shanghai Observatory of the Chinese Academy of Science, studying the formation and evolution of large-scale structure and galaxies; in India, with the Indian Centre for Space Physics (ICSP), renowned for its research on compact objects as well as on solar physics and astrochemistry; in Brazil, with ICRABR at CBPF and the Rio de Janeiro brach of ICRANet, where a successful program of research and teaching in relativistic astrophysics has been established in recent years.

The Courses: Each student will have to follow 180 hours of courses during the three years of the Ph.D. program. There is also the possibility to follow courses from the other Physics, Mathematics, Astronomy and Astrophysics Ph.D. programs in each participating institution, after approval by the faculty.

A list of courses and faculty is available at http://www.icra.it/IRAPPhD/2010/

The Host Institution for the call of 2010-2011
is the Université de Nice
Sophia Antipolis Grand Château
28 Avenue Valrose 21 – B.P. 2135
06103 NICE CEDEX 2

Erasmus Mundus Relativistic Astrophysics Ph.D. Deadline Postponed to March 15, 2010

The International Relativistic Astrophysics PhD is a newly established international doctorate program in astrophysics that has been selected by the European Commission as an Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate
http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus_mundus/results_compendia/selected_projects_action_1_joint_doctorates_en.php .

This PhD program has a duration of 3 years and is developed within a consortium:
- UNIVERSITE DE NICE – SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS, France (Coordinating institution)
- SHANGHAI ASTRONOMICAL OBSERVATORY, China
- FREE UNIVERSITY OF BERLIN, Germany
- AEI – POTSDAM, Germany
- TARTU OBSERVATORY, Estonia
- STOCKHOLM UNIVERSTIY, Sweden
- UNIVERSITY OF FERRARA, Italy
- UNIVERSITY OF ROME – LA SAPIENZA, Italy
- BRAZILIAN CENTRE FOR PHYSICS RESEARCH, Brazil
- OBSERVATORY OF THE CÔTE D’AZUR, France
- INDIAN CENTRE FOR SPACE PHYSICS, India
- INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR RELATIVISTIC ASTROPHYSICS NETWORK, Italy
- UNIVERSITY OF SAVOIE, France

Applications are now solicited for the course starting in September 2010.

*Deadline for Application: March 15, 2010*

We invite applications from top-ranked students that either hold or are expected to obtain before August 2010 a Masters Degree or the equivalent in Theoretical Physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Mathematics or closely related fields. A certified good knowledge of the English language is required. The selection of students is primarily based on excellence.

10 Erasmus Mundus Doctorate Fellowships will be made available by the European Commission, with a monthly stipend of 2800 € plus travel allowance*

Full information about the IRAP PhD program, the application form, the current poster, and detailed instructions on how to apply can be found at the web-site:

http://www.irap-phd.org/

The contact e-mail for inquiries is Pascal Chardonnet: chardonnet[AT]lapp.in2p3.fr

Please bring this announcement to the attention of interested and capable candidates.

Prof. Remo Ruffini
Director of Erasmus Mundus IRAP PhD
ICRANet and University of ROMA La Sapienza
ruffini[AT]icra.it

IRAP Ph.D. lectures – Nice

Lectures in Nice – February 2010
Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur

We announce a 3-weeks course of the IRAP Ph D at the University of Nice – Sophia Antipolis. The lectures will be held at the Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur starting on February 1st at 9 a.m. Interested graduate students can participate and register free of charge.

If you need further information please contact: Pina Barbaro (Pina.BARBARO[AT]unice.fr) in Nice and/or Annapia Del Beato (annapia.delbeato[AT]icranet.org) Federica Di Berardino (federica.diberardino[AT]icranet.org)

The preliminary program and the list of speakers, together with their CVs, title and abstract of each lecture, can be found at http://www.icranet.org/nice.

The lecturers include:
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**** 1-7 February

Einasto Jaan
Tartu Observatory and ICRANet
Large Scale Structure of the Universe

Chakrabarti Sandip
S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences and ICRANet
Black holes accretion

Vereshchagin Gregory
ICRANet
Relativistic kinetic theory

Morbidelli Alessandro
Cote D’Azur Observatory
Planetary systems

Manchester Richard
CSIRO
Pulsars and Gravitational Wave Detection

Melchiorri Alessandro
University of Rome
New Results on Cosmic Microwave Anisotropies

Regimbau Tania
Cote D’Azur Observatory
The astrophysical SB: source and detection

Boer Michael
Haute Provence Observatory
Observations of GRBs

Pandolfi Stefania
University of Rome
Inflationary Constraints and reionization

Menegoni Eloisa
University of Rome
Cosmological constraints on variations of fundamental constants

Rabbia Yves
Cote d’Azur Observatory
Stellar interferometry

**** 8-13 February

Mignard Francois
Cote d’Azur Observatory
GAIA mission

Rabbia Yves
Cote d’Azur Observatory
Stellar interferometry

Guillot Tristan
Cote d’Azur Observatory
Exoplanets

Damour Thibault
IHES and ICRANet
Two-body problem in General Relativity

Vinet Jean-Yves
Cote d’Azur Observatory
GR ground based and space missions

Chaibi Oualid
Cote d’Azur Observatory
The Art of GW Detection: Instrumentation & Practice

Benoît Cristophe
Cote d’Azur Observatory
Dark energy and Cosmology

**** 15-19 February

Della Valle Massimo
INAF and ICRANet
Observational properties

Rosati Piero
ESO and ICRANet
Baryonic and Dark matter in clusters ofgalaxies

Minazzoli Olivier
Cote d’Azur Observatory
Laser ranging and time transfer experimentsin the solar system

Ferrari Chiara
Cote d’Azur Observatory
Non-thermal component of galaxy clusters

Frontera Filippo
University of Ferrara
GRBs observations

Caito Letizia
University of Rome “La Sapienza”

Izzo Luca
University of Rome “La Sapienza”
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The Program will end with a 2 day-night stay at the Telescopes of Calern with a program of observations.

Remo Ruffini
Director of the IRAP Ph.D. program

ERASMUS Mundus relativistic astrophysics Ph.D. fellowships

The International Relativistic Astrophysics PhD is a newly established international doctorate program in astrophysics that has been selected by the European Commission as an Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate
http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus_mundus/results_compendia/selected_projects_action_1_joint_doctorates_en.php .

This PhD program has a duration of 3 years and is developed within a consortium:
- UNIVERSITE DE NICE – SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS, France
(Coordinating institution)
- SHANGHAI ASTRONOMICAL OBSERVATORY, China
- FREE UNIVERSITY OF BERLIN, Germany
- AEI – POTSDAM, Germany
- TARTU OBSERVATORY, Estonia
- STOCKHOLM UNIVERSTIY, Sweden
- UNIVERSITY OF FERRARA, Italy
- UNIVERSITY OF ROME – LA SAPIENZA, Italy
- BRAZILIAN CENTRE FOR PHYSICS RESEARCH, Brazil
- OBSERVATORY OF THE CÔTE D’AZUR, France
- INDIAN CENTRE FOR SPACE PHYSICS, India
- INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR RELATIVISTIC ASTROPHYSICS NETWORK, Italy
- UNIVERSITY OF SAVOIE, France

Applications are now solicited for the course starting in September 2010.

*Deadline for Application: February 28, 2010*

We invite applications from top-ranked students that either hold or are expected to obtain before August 2010 a Masters Degree or the equivalent in Theoretical Physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Mathematics or closely related fields. A certified good knowledge of the English language is required. The selection of students is primarily based on excellence.

10 Erasmus Mundus Doctorate Fellowships will be made available by the European Commission, with a monthly stipend of 2800 € plus travel allowance*

Full information about the IRAP PhD program, the application form, the current poster, and detailed instructions on how to apply can be found at the web-site:

http://www.irap-phd.org/

The contact e-mail for inquiries is Pascal Chardonnet:
chardonnet[AT]lapp.in2p3.fr

Please bring this announcement to the attention of interested and capable candidates.

Prof. Remo Ruffini
Director of Erasmus Mundus IRAP PhD
ICRANet and University of ROMA La Sapienza
ruffini[AT]icra.it

IRAP PhD Program 2009 – Ten positions

The applications (http://www.icra.it/IRAPPhD/2009/Application_frame.htm) for the 2009 call of the International Relativistic Astrophysics Ph.D. (http://www.icra.it/IRAPPhD/2009/Welcome.htm) are now open until the 30th of September 2009. Ten 3-years positions will be available, six with fellowship support at the University of Rome La Sapienza.

The proposed program of the IRAP Ph.D. enjoys the collaboration of some of the most famous European Universities with one of the youngest and most dynamical French universities, pole of research and teaching in the Euro-Mediterranean region (PRES): the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis. It benefits from the presence of the Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur, involved in relativistic and non-photonic astrophysics, and the presence of the ICRANet Center at Villa Ratti in Nice. The coordination of the IRAP Ph.D. will take place at ICRANet in Villa Ratti. The astronomical aspects of the large scale of the Universe will be illustrated by the teaching by the Tartu Observatory. The activities at ICRANet Centers, at the ETH of Zurich, at the University of Rome, at Stockholm University offer teaching programs in all the fields of relativistic astrophysics, including cosmology, the physics of gravitational collapse, gamma-ray bursts, and black hole physics. The participation of the Freie Universität of Berlin and of the Einstein Institute in Potsdam (Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics) offers the possibility of teaching in relativistic field theories at the highest level. The University of Savoy offers the link to the particle physics at CERN. The University of Ferrara will be present with lectures and researches in the topics they have pioneered such as instrumentations developments and data analysis for X and Gamma ray astrophysics and observational cosmology.

Through ICRANet the extra-European connections with Brazil, China and India will be guaranteed: in China, with the Shanghai Observatory of the Chinese Academy of Science, studying the formation and evolution of large-scale structure and galaxies; in India, with the Indian Centre for Space Physics (ICSP), renowned for its research on compact objects as well as on solar physics and astrochemistry; in Brazil, with ICRA-Br at CBPF, where a successful program of research and teaching in relativistic astrophysics has been established in recent years.

The courses will be the following:
Ultra high energy gamma ray sources (F. Aharonian);
The approach to the singularity (V. Belinski);
Relativistic effects in GRBs (C.L. Bianco);
Accretions on black holes and neutrons stars (S. Chakrabarti);
Particle physics applied to astrophysics (P. Chardonnet);
Exobiology (S. Chakrabarti);
General relativity (T. Damour);
Large scale structure of the universe (J. Einasto);
Signal treatment (A. Ferrari);
X-Rays and gamma rays astronomy (F. Frontera);
X-Rays clusters (R. Giacconi);
Planetology (T. Guillot);
Formation of galaxies (Y. Jing);
On the Kerr solution (R. Kerr);
Relativistic field theory (H. Kleinert);
Planetology (A. Morbidelli);
Development on BKL work (H. Nicolai);
Non singular cosmology (M. Novello);
Extragalatic astrophysics (J. Pacheco);
Gravitational waves (T. Regimbau);
Singularities and general relativity (K. Rosquist);
Black holes and fundamental physics (R. Ruffini);
Thermalization and collective effects (G. Vereshchagin);
Gravitational waves (J.Y. Vinet);
Ultra relativistic electron positron plasma (S.S. Xue).

Applications: http://www.icra.it/IRAPPhD/2009/Application_frame.htm