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The Multidisciplinar Centre for Astrophysics (CENTRA) is a scientific research centre in IST, with a team in Universidade do Algarve (UAlg) and collaborators at the Universidade da Beira Interior (UBI). The team comprehends a permanent core of more than 15 doctorate researchers, working with portuguese and foreign scientists as visiting or post doctoral research fellows, and also Ph.D., Masters and finalist undergraduate students.

The main scientific areas of CENTRA are Theoretical Physics (Theoretical Astrophysics and Cosmology, Fundamental Physics, High Energy Physics) and Observational Astrophysics (Observational Cosmology and Solar and Stellar evolution). A strong commitment in the development of these areas and the establishment of interchanges and cooperations with international research centres has been CENTRA's strategy. Worth of mention are the collaborations with the Universities of Aveiro, Coimbra, Lisbon and Oporto, Paris VI and VII, Stockholm, Berkeley (California), Columbia (New York), Mississippi, Indiana (USA), Oxford, University of Santiago de Compostela, Rio de Janeiro National Observatory and Moscow State University.

The main objective of CENTRA is to have a solid theoretical understanding of a vast physical phenomena as a means to interpret observations. These observations may refer to the very small, where we try to make sense of data from particle accelerators, cosmic rays and conceptual problems in physics. Interesting observational data concerns the very large, gravitational waves from massive binaries or from the early universe. Still on large scales, supernovae studies allow the determination of the cosmological parameters that control at different stages, the evolution of the Universe. In a curious interplay, theory and experiment often meet, and the physics of the very large need a tight control on the physics of the very small, which is where CENTRA's strength lies: its multi-disciplinarity.

If you want to learn more about us, contact us or show up here, we are glad to give you a tour of CENTRA's facilities.


Last Updated on Friday, 01 August 2008 17:55