The Columbia-DIAS-Yale (CDY) Initiative 2021 is a series of seminars/meetings established by Columbia University (New York), Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (Dublin), and Yale University (New Haven). The initiative will sponsor several activities: a series of introductory lectures on current topics (remotely in 2021), biennial summer schools (for PhD students and early career researchers), focused mini-workshops, and joint research projects. The first summer school is planned for 2022 in Dublin, and subsequently in the New York area. The initiative is aimed at motivated young researchers beginning their careers (in particular PhD students and early career postdocs), with a focus on addressing current topics in astroparticle physics, theory and phenomenology, observations, and interpretations. Other activities are also planned, such as the exchange of visitors between the institutions and the organization of small (in-person) group meetings focused on specialized topics.

Together with Felix Aharonian (DIAS), Paolo Coppi (Yale University) and Yuri Levin (Columbia University & CCA), Reshmi Mukherjee will guide us through the observations, phenomenology and theory of the most extreme and explosive events in our Universe.

Don't miss any of the upcoming events! At this page you can find the next scheduled talks, as well as links to the past ones.

The prototype Schwarzschild-Couder Telescope at the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory the other side of the Atlantic! Together with Dr. Serena Loporchio from INFN and University of Bari, Dr. Capasso will show high school students from Puglia, Italy, the beauty of gamma-ray astronomy and how science brings us closer, no matter how distant the countries or how hard the times! (The seminar will be held in Italian)

In this live appointment of the Nevis Laboratories "Science-on-Hudson" public lectures, Dr. Capasso guided the audience on a journey showing the humbling greatness of the Universe we live in, from the stars to the ground and upwards again.

With observations performed only one year after first light, the prototype Schwarzschild-Couder Telescope, an innovative dual-mirror gamma-ray telescope, detected its first source!
Our group at Barnard and Columbia contributed to this milestone for ground-based gamma-ray astronomy: check this out!

Reshmi Mukherjee, the Helen Goodhart Altschul professor of Physics and Astronomy at Barnard College and spokesperson of the VERITAS Collaboration, is part of a team of leading astrophysicists from across the globe that has released the major scientific finding today that the VERITAS array has confirmed the detection of gamma rays from the vicinity of a supermassive black hole.

Read the full papers on Science and the Astrophysical Journal Letters

The Summer 2016 VERITAS and CTA-US collaboration meetings will be hosted by the Barnard and Columbia groups from July 18th to 23rd.

Barnard VERITAS members measure ancient light from early stars in our Universe using gamma rays.

Columbia Affiliations
VERITAS research at Barnard College & Columbia University is supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation