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The subject of the Department's research are cosmic rays in the energy range above 1018 eV. Particles with such high energies - several orders of magnitude higher than the energies achieved in man-made particle accelerators - reach the Earth from space. Their origin is unknown and is one of the most important mysteries of modern astrophysics.

The Pierre Auger Project, in which the employees of our Department participate, is dedicated to explaining this riddle. Within this Project, the Pierre Auger Observatory was built in international cooperation. We expect that the experimental data collected by this Observatory will allow us to understand the most violent processes in the Universe.

Cosmic ray observatories are located in selected regions of the world, occupying small areas compared to the surface of the entire Earth, which limits the analysis of cosmic rays on the global scale (e.g. the possibility of the occurrence of phenomena covering an entire hemisphere, differences depending on the area). To deal with this problem the CREDO project was created - Cosmic-Ray Extremely Distributed Observatory.

The department employees are also involved in neutrino physics research as part of the T2K experiment. This experiment is carried out in Japan, and its main goal is to study neutrino oscillations, i.e. the change of the neutrino type as it propagates through space. Searching for matter-antimatter symmetry breaking in neutrino oscillations may help to solve the mystery of why this symmetry got broken at the beginning of the Universe, which nowadays is made only of matter.

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Department of Cosmic Ray Research
and Neutrino Studies

Prof. Henryk Wilczyński

Head of Division NO1
e-mail: Henryk.Wilczynskiifj.edu.pl

tel: 012 662 8334

Prof. Agnieszka Zalewska

e-mail: Agnieszka.Zalewskaifj.edu.pl

tel: 012 662 8369

Assoc. Prof. Gopal Bhatta

e-mail: Gopal.Bhattaifj.edu.pl

tel: 012 662 8348

Assoc. Prof. Dariusz Góra

Head of Department NZ15
Pierre Auger leader in IFJ
e-mail: Dariusz.Goraifj.edu.pl

tel: 012 662 8406

Assoc. Prof. Piotr Homola

The CREDO Project Coordinator
e-mail: Piotr.Homolaifj.edu.pl

tel: 012 662 8348

Assoc. Prof. Jan Pękala

e-mail: Jan.Pekalaifj.edu.pl

tel: 012 662 8341

Assoc. Prof. Jarosław Stasielak

e-mail: Jaroslaw.Stasielakifj.edu.pl

tel: 012 662 8162

Dr Kevin Almeida-Cheminant

e-mail: Kevin.Almeida-Cheminantifj.edu.pl

tel: 012 662 8053

Dr David Alvarez Castillo

e-mail: dalvarezifj.edu.pl

tel: 012 662 8162

Dr Marcela Batkiewicz-Kwaśniak

e-mail: Marcela.Batkiewiczifj.edu.pl

tel: 012 662 8034

Dr Apoorva Dipak Bhatt

e-mail: Apoorva.bhattifj.edu.pl

Dr Nataliia Borodai

e-mail: nataliia.borodaiifj.edu.pl

tel: 012 662 8348

Dr Oleksandr Sushchov

e-mail: oleksandr.sushchovifj.edu.pl

tel: 012 662 8348

Dr Tomasz Wąchała

e-mail: Tomasz.Wachalaifj.edu.pl

tel: 012 662 8034

Dr Grzegorz Żarnecki

e-mail: grzegorz.zarneckiifj.edu.pl

tel: 012 662 8034

M.Sc. Marta Babicz

PhD student
e-mail: Marta.Babiczifj.edu.pl

tel: 012 662 8034

M.Sc. Eng. Wojciech Noga

PhD student
e-mail: Wojciech.Nogaifj.edu.pl

tel:012 662 8027

M.Sc. Eng. Sławomir Stuglik

web admin
e-mail: Slawomir.Stuglikifj.edu.pl

Konrad Kopański

e-mail: Konrad.Kopanskiifj.edu.pl

tel: 012 662 8027


Research directions

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