Jyväskylä, Finland

Dark Matter in Astroparticle Physics

when 15 August 2016 - 19 August 2016
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC

Only about one sixth of the total matter in the Universe is composed of known particles. The remaining fraction is unidentified and behaves like a dissipation-less fluid called dark matter. Dark matter alters the motion of stars and clusters in spheroidal halos hosting galaxies. It bends the light emitted by distant luminous sources, and generates the gravitational potential responsible for the formation of all cosmological structures we see in the Universe. Yet, the microscopic constituents of dark matter have so far escaped detection, and even their very nature remains a mystery. The course is organized as follows. I will start with a review of the current experimental evidence for a dark matter component of the Universe. I will then explain how dark matter can be produced in the early Universe, and illustrate the available strategies for dark matter particle detection. Finally, I will conclude with an overview of selected particle physics models for dark matter.

Course leader

Lecturer: Assistant Professor Riccardo Catena (Chalmers University, Sweden)

Coordinators: Prof. Jukka Maalampi and Dr. Sami Nurmi (University of Jyväskylä)

Target group

The course is targeted at the advanced undergraduate and especially at graduate students in physics.

The Summer School annually offers courses for advanced master’s students, graduate students, and post-docs in the various fields of science and information technology.

Course aim

The most important aims of the Summer School are to develop post-graduates scientific readiness and to offer students the possibility to study in a modern, scientific environment and to create connections to the international science community. The Summer School offers an excellent pathway to develop international collaboration in post-graduate research.

Credits info

2 EC
Passing: Obligatory attendance at lectures, and completing the exercises.

Grading: Pass/fail

Fee info

EUR 0: Participating the Summer School is free of charge, but student have to cover the costs of own travel, accommodation and meals at Jyväskylä.


The 26th Jyväskylä Summer School is not able to grant any Summer School students financial support.