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Study of cosmic rays of highest energies with the Pierre Auger Observatory

Grant number: 10/07359-6
Support type:Research Projects - Thematic Grants
Duration: October 01, 2010 - September 30, 2016
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Physics
Principal Investigator:Carola Dobrigkeit Chinellato
Grantee:Carola Dobrigkeit Chinellato
Home Institution: Instituto de Física Gleb Wataghin (IFGW). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas, SP, Brazil
Co-Principal Investigators:Ernesto Kemp ; Jose Augusto Chinellato ; Philippe Gouffon
Assoc. researchers:Anderson Campos Fauth ; Carlos Jose Todero Peixoto ; Carlos Ourivio Escobar ; Celio Adrega de Moura Junior ; Edivaldo Moura Santos ; Fernando Catalani ; Ivone Freire da Mota e Albuquerque ; Luiz Vitor de Souza Filho ; Marcelo Augusto Leigui de Oliveira ; Marcio Aparecido Muller ; Rogerio Menezes de Almeida
Associated grant(s):12/51015-5 - Ultra-high energy cosmic rays and the Pierre Auger Observatory, AP.R
Associated scholarship(s):14/10460-1 - Analysis of extensive air showers: particle physics with extraterrestrial accelerators, BP.DR
13/26444-2 - Study of the muonic component and its relation to the nuclear composition of the cosmic rays and the high-energy hadronic models, at the Pierre Auger Observatory, BP.PD
13/23074-0 - Muons in high energy cosmic ray air showers, BP.DR
+ associated scholarships 13/18489-6 - Chemical composition studies of the Ultra-High Energy Cosmic Rays with the surface detector of the Pierre Auger Observatory, BP.PD
12/15476-8 - Development of detectors for the AMIGA experiment of the Pierre Auger Observatory, BP.DR
12/08590-9 - Astrophysical aspects of ultra-high-energy cosmic rays detected by the Pierre Auger Observatory, BP.IC
11/15490-8 - High energy cosmic ray composition, BP.MS
11/21943-5 - Ultra high energy cosmic ray composition, BP.IC - associated scholarships


The Pierre Auger Observatory is the result of an international effort of 17 countries, designed and built to study ultra high energy cosmic rays. Its main goal is to study cosmic rays of the highest energy observed so far, in the region of 1018 eV and above. These cosmic rays are the most energetic particles observed in nature up today. Experimental data obtained in the Observatory allow important steps in order to understand these cosmic rays and get clues about their origin, chemical composition, acceleration processes and propagation from their sources to Earth. The Pierre Auger Observatory is planned to be built at two sites, one in the northern and one in the southern hemisphere, in order to achieve full sky coverage. The southern site is located near the town of Malargüe, Argentina, and its construction was concluded in June 2008. The present project succeeds the previous one already supported by FAPESP (1999/05404-3) and aims to get support for the research activities of scientists from São Paulo in the Auger Collaboration, for their shifts in data taking at the Observatory and participation in international and national Collaboration Meetings, for covering the respective share of the operation costs of the Observatory in the next four years and also to allow the replacement of equipment at the southern site. It will also allow the participation of these scientists in the efforts for the Research and Development Array (RDA) of the northern site of the Observatory, near the town of Lamar, CO, USA. (AU)

Articles published in Agência FAPESP about the research grant
Researchers supported by FAPESP participate in top physics breakthroughs of 2017 
Ultra-high-energy cosmic rays have extragalactic origin 
World's largest cosmic-ray observatory selects upgrade proposal 
New infrastructure for astroparticle physics research in South America  
International experiment drives forward experimental neutrino physics in Brazil 
Articles published in Revista Pesquisa FAPESP about the project
The beginning and the end of cosmic rays 
Cosmic Rays, Still an Enigma