Astroparticle physics and Big Data within DISA

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

One of the seven areas within DISA is Astroparticle physics and the research group are mainly focusing on the project ALTO at the moment. ALTO is a project the research group is developing for a wide-field Very High Energy (VHE) gamma-ray detector to be installed at very high altitude in the Southern hemisphere. The main work within the group is focused on:

  • The design of the detection tanks and of the full array.
  • The construction of a prototype detection unit on the Växjö campus, including choice of the photo-multipliers, of the scintillator and Cherenkov units optimization, and of the electronics needed to digitize the photo-multiplier signals.
  • The optimization of the array trigger.
  • The preparation of storage, transport and online and offline analyses of the “Big Data” generated by the experiment which will take data 24h per day with no interruptions.

The ALTO research team at the spot where a prototype one detector element will be built. From left to right: Satyendra Thoudam, Yvonne Becherini, Jean-Pierre Ernenwein, Michael Punch


During the period May- September 2017 the group has an invited Guest Professor from University of Marseille, Jean-Pierre Ernenwein.

For more information on ALTO see the university website or the project website. If you have any questions about the project, please contact the project leader Yvonne Becherini.


5 new PhD students wanted!

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Linnaeus University Center for Data Intensive Science and Applications (DISA) has taken the first steps to build new competencies to the newly established research environment by opening up five positions for PhD students.

  • Physics with specialization in “Big Data in Astroparticle Physics”
  • Computer Science with specialization in Software and Information Quality
  • Computer Science with specialization in Visual Analytics
  • Computer Science with specialization on eHealth
  • Computer Science with specialization on formal methods and Security