Physics of the cosmic radiation

Activities of the P-VII Department are focused on theoretical and experimental studies of cosmic radiation. Cascades of particles produced within the Earth atmosphere by cosmic rays of energies exceeding those obtained in accelerators are registered by wide-area networks of detectors. The main goal of these studies is to find astrophysical sources of such rays and to determine physical processes responsible for accelerating particles to such high energies.

Recently we deployed a network of cosmic ray detectors in 10 Lodz high schools (the Roland Maze project).