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Tuesday June 19 , 2012 - 4,00 pm

ICRA Seminar - Aula Conversi (Physics Dept., Old Building - 1st Floor)

Speaker:  Prof. Alessandro De Angelis (Università di Udine, INFN, INAF, IST Lisboa - Portugal; Scientific Coordinator of the Magic Gamma-Ray telescope in La Palma - Canary Islands)

Title: Fundamental physics with cosmic Gamma Rays

Abstract: Gamma-ray astrophysics studies electromagnetic radiation of cosmic origin in the energy range above some 30 MeV and up to some 100 TeV. Observations in this energy band are performed: from space, by the Large Area Telescope onboard the Fermi satellite and from the AGILE detector; from Earth, mostly by the Imaging Air Cherenkov Telescopes MAGIC, H.E.S.S. and VERITAS. These instruments have discovered in the recent years different populations of gamma-ray emitters and studied in detail the non-thermal astrophysical processes producing high-energy radiation, in particular in correlation with the acceleration of cosmic rays. The scientific objectives of gamma-ray astrophysics include also questions related to fundamental physics. By observing the gamma-ray emission from sources at cosmological distances, we learn about the spectral intensity and evolution of the intergalactic background radiation, and perform tests of Lorentz Invariance and of vacuum energy. Moreover, we search for dark matter by looking for possible signatures in final states involving gamma rays or positrons. A new detector, CTA, is in construction, and it will outperform by at least one order of magnitude the present Cherenkov telescopes.



Friday June 22, 2012 - 4,00 pm

ICRA Seminar - Aula Conversi (Physics Dept., Old Building - 1st Floor)

Speaker:  Dr. Aurora Perez Martinez (Instituto de Cibernetica Matematica y Fisica, ICIMAF, Havana - Cuba)

Title:  Magnetized Color Flavor Locked Superconductivity and Compact Stars

Abstract: The magnetized color flavor locked phase in the presence of a strong magnetic field is investigated within the phenomenological MIT bag model. We study the stability of the phase and the EOS. We have explored the possibility of the existence of compact object as well as strangelets with matter in this phase. The study was done for a wide range of parameter of the model. The role of the anisotropic pressures due to the presence of the magnetic field is also analyzed.

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