6th. Winter Workshop and School will be held at Bose Institute, Mayapuri, Darjeeling during December 17 - 29, 2011. These events are jointly organized by Bose Institute, Kolkata and Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai. Participation in the workshop is by invitation and in school is by application.


30 - 35 scientists working in the area of theoretical and experimental astroparticle physics within the country as well as from abroad will participate in this workshop. New developments in the field of solar physics, cosmic rays, astrophysics and recent results from direct and indirect measurements from cosmic ray experiments will be discussed in the workshop.

Objective and scope of Winter School:

The philosophy of the winter school is to expose young minds to the excitement in the field of experimental high-energy astroparticle physics. The WAPP program consists of two sessions of total of 7 hours 30 minutes duration every day. The first session in the morning consists of a set of 3 lectures. In the second session in the afternoon the students would have an opportunity to acquire hands-on experience by working with state-of-the-art equipments exposing them to the excitement of original research. The students participating in WAPP would be exposed to the modern concepts in these areas, which could motivate them to take up a career of research in these frontier areas.

Morning Lecture Session:

On the first day of the school, i.e. December 20, the students will participate in an orientation program where basic level lectures will be delivered to make them accustomed with the main topics of the school. During the period 21-29 December, 2011 the school would be conducted on 8 days, December 25 being X-mas holiday. During these 8 days a total of 24 lectures, each of 50+10 minutes duration, would be delivered during the morning sessions covering the following areas :

  • High energy particle and astroparticle physics
  • Acceleration and detection of cosmic rays
  • Solar astrophysics
  • Electronics for signal processing
  • Computational methods for simulation and data analysis
  • Radiometric measurements in millimetre wave
  • Overview of experimental programs across the world

Afternoon Laboratory Session:

A number of laboratory experiments are being setup with five broad themes namely

  • Operation of scintillators
  • Signal processing
  • Measurements using relativistic radiation
  • Experiments with microwaves.
  • Analysis of the observed data
Each participant would have an opportunity to take part in one experiment per day for a total of 8 experiments over the course of the winter school.

Link to WAPP 2009

Who should apply for the school?

Exceptionally bright students in the first year of M.Sc. and final year of B.Sc. in physics, and young research scholars working in Astroparticle Physics and Space Science are encouraged to apply. Students in the final year of B.E./B.Tech. in Electronics and related areas with an outstanding academic record, who have a deep interest in Astroparticle Physics and Space Science may also apply. We also invite applications from a few college lecturers to attend this school to familiarize them with modern techniques of experimental physics.