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Particle Astrophysics

At the fertile interface between particle physics and astronomy, the field of particle astrophysics explores the cosmos using particle physics techniques and the subatomic world using astronomical observations. The particle astrophysics group at Penn State is helping to design, construct and analyze the data from vast detectors spread out on the South America pampas, buried in the South Pole icecap, and flown from enormous balloons in Texas and the Antarctic coast. These far-flung experiments will be used to study ultrahigh energy cosmic-rays, cosmological neutrinos, cosmic antimatter and many other astrophysical and particle physics phenomena.

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Paul Sommers

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