Particle astrophysics is a frontier research field that crosses the boundary between particle physics and astrophysics. By detecting various high energy particles (charged particles, photons and neutrinos) and their radiation characteristics, we can study the physical properties of the celestial bodies as well as the processes and laws of the acceleration, radiation and propagation of high energy particles.
The main research themes of the Division are space-based high energy astrophysics experiments and astrophysics research, cosmic ray physics, and reactor-based neutrino physics. Focusing on developing experiments in space, on ground and underground, the Division has strong capacity in experiment design, detector R&D, data processing and physics analysis. Research groups include the Astrophysics Group, Cosmic Rays Group, AMS/CMS Group, Neutrino Group and Theoretical Physics Group.
The Division is currently involved in many large projects, including the Sino-Japanese ASγ Experiment and the Sino-Italian ARGO Experiment in Tibet, the Large High Altitude Air Shower Observatory (LHAASO) Project, neutrino experiments in Daya Bay and Jiangmen, the AMS International Collaboration at CERN, China’s Chang’e series of lunar exploration projects, the Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope (HXMT), the first dedicated high sensitivity Gamma-ray burst polarimetry instrument at TG-2 (POLAR), the low and high energy electron spectrometer, silicon micro-strip detector in China’s first satellite-based dark matter experiment (DAMPE) and the Ali CMB project which aims at search for Inflationary Gravitational Waves.