Astroparticle and cosmology laboratory (APC)


The laboratory AstroParticle and Cosmology (APC) was founded in 2005 by the CNRS, in particular the IN2P3 (Institut National de Physique Nucléaire et Physique des Particules), the University of Paris Denis Diderot, the CEA (Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Renouvelables) and the Observatory of Paris.

11 researchers from the astrophysics department and the particle physics department are assigned to the APC* laboratory




The lab is organised along five science teams, namely 4 thematic: Cosmology; Gravitation; High Energy Astrophysics; Neutrinos; and 1 transversal: Theory:

Cosmology for studies ranging from the study of the Cosmological Microwave Background (CMB) to the determination of the nature of dark energy.

Gravitation for gravitational-wave astronomy using ground-based and spaced-based detectors, and associated fields.

High-Energy Astrophysics, studying violent phenomena in the Universe in a multi-messenger context ranging from X and Gamma rays to high-energy photons, neutrinos and charged cosmic rays.

Neutrino and dark matter for the determination of the nature and mass of neutrinos and dark matter, and their impact on cosmological structure formation.

Theory: APC has a strong theoretical group on all the above themes working in contact with the experimentalists.

A key aspect of APC is the presence of 6 technical departments: Mechanics, Electronics, Microelectronics, Instrumentation, Informatics, and Project Quality Procedures.  Their work develops within and around a data-science platform created in 2010 the François Argo Centre FACe, 4 laboratories (Millimetric, Photodetection, Optics, Integration and Test (AIT/AIV)) and 2 workshops (Mechanics, Assembly Hall).

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