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Current CCAPP research interests include large scale structure, GRBs, AGN, the IGM, gravitational lenses, dark energy and dark matter, ultra-high energy cosmic rays and gamma-rays, formation and evolution of elements, and neutrino astrophysics/cosmology.


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On a quarterly basis, CCAPP will accept applications soliciting funding for CCAPP science initiatives. The proposals can be to support ongoing research or for R&D in support of future research and should include a description of the work and required support.

See CCAPP Funding Proposals to apply.



Large Binocular Telescope

In addition to well-equipped laboratories for detector development and construction, facilities at OSU include membership in the AUGER, ANITA, and GLAST collaborations, a 1/6 observing share of the Large Binocular Telescope, a 1/4 share of MDM observatory, membership in the SMARTS consortium, a 48-node Beowulf cluster, and access to the Ohio Supercomputing Center (OSC).


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OSC Ruby Cluster

The Ohio Supercomputer Center's Ruby Cluster is an HP built, Intel Xeon processor-based supercomputer located on Ohio State's West Campus. CCAPP is one of two research groups that co-own Ruby with the OSC. It is named for Ruby Dee, the late Cleveland-born actress, author and social rights advocate. The total peak performance for the HP/Intel Xeon Phi cluster is estimated to reach 144 TeraFLOPS, tech-speak for 145 trillion calculations per second. This facility allows CCAPP researchers to better connect theoretical models to observations of astrophysical processes and objects.

More about CCAPP Condo on Ruby Cluster...

    CCAPP-Dark Energy Strategy

  • In its first year of operation, members of CCAPP will design a Dark Energy Strategy, possibly joining proposed experiments like the Dark Energy Survey and/or Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, optimally leveraging OSU's pre-existing investments in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, the Large Binocular Telescope, and expertise from our high energy experimental and observational and theoretical cosmology groups. Through CCAPP, OSU will play a major role in dark energy science addressing the question ``What is the Dark Energy?'', positioning itself to be a leader in the next generation of Dark Energy Experiments.
  • CCAPP-Identifying Opportunity

  • In addition to initiating a dark energy program, CCAPP will initiate a focused, vigorous visitor program coupled with small workshops (run cooperatively with OCTS) whose goal is to identify additional projects where OSU’s unique Astronomy and Physics connections can make a significant impact. With an eye towards maximizing return from our current investments (e.g., in the LBT, ISL, and the ANITA, AUGER, and GLAST experiments), potential areas for investigation include:
  • The Nature of Dark Matter, as probed by large scale structure, gravitational lensing, deep underground science, and high energy colliders
  • The Birth and Growth of the Universe, as imaged by the cosmic microwave background, optical and infrared observations of the first galaxies and quasars, and as reflected in chemical evolution.
  • The Coming (of) Age of Ultra-High Energy Astronomy: Black Holes, the Creation of the Highest Energy Particles, and Extreme Astrophysical Environments


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