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February 23, 2016    INTEGRAL upper limits on gamma-ray emission associated with the gravitational wave event GW150914

Recent direct detection of gravitational waves opens a new window to space with the help of gravitational wave astronomy. Can other more developed branches of astronomy tell us more about the source of gravitational waves GW150914? See recent paper of one of our participants, Volodymyr Savchenko, with his colleagues which sheds more light on this question. http://arxiv.org/abs/1602.04180

June 18, 2012    Lectures, presentations and problem sets for student practice "Introduction to Standard Model of particle physics" are now in VIRGO presentation webpage.

See VIRGO presentation webpage for this and other information.

June 12, 2012    On-line seminar of Fedor Bezrukov next Tuesday.

We have a pleasure to announce the on-line seminar of Dr. Fedor Bezrukov, one of the members of our common SCOPES project. The title of the seminar is "Standard Model and the Higgs mass - what can be learned about Standard Model?". The seminar will be on-line (because he is in Switzerland right now) through EVO translation. It starts next Tuesday, at 11:00 a.m. Kiev time. Video recording of the seminar is available here.

June 01, 2012    Summer practice for students "Introduction to Standard Model of particle physics" is starting next Monday.

This practice is devoted for students of Department of Quantum Field Theory (as well as interested students from Nuclear Phycis Department) of Physical Faculty of Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University and holds yearly (sin 2009) under general supervision of Dr. Alexey Boyarsky, one of VIRGO coordinators. This year, the local organizer of the practice is Artem Ivashko.

First lecture is hold on Monday, June 4, in room 347 (VIRGO-class) of Bogolyubov Institute for Theoretical Physics, at 11.00. Place and time of next classes will be specified further.

The aim of the practice is to study Standard Model of particle physics (SM) drawing special attention to problems of science since formulation of quantum mechanics and special relativity. We will show how, by requiring complete (including all known processes), consistent (having no internal contradictions) and closed (all predicted particles are discovered) description of fundamental components of matter scientists have assumed existence of new particles and have raised the energies of accelerators to find assumed particles. We will demontrate that this process has closed with definition of SM, with the only missing component -- Higgs boson, with some hints on its existence found in LHC at 2011 and stated that in 2012 LHC either discover or exclude this particle. Our goal is not in a deep systematic study of all questions necessary to work in a wide field of particle physics in SM and beyond, but rather obtaining the overall picture and understanding of its processes. Therefore, during this practice we proceed with detailed study of some theoretical aspects necessary to understanding of key aspects of the theory, including those not covered by standard QFT courses; some historical questions; experimental search for theoretical predictions. The study will be organized not only in lectures but also in common discussions (with the prepaer speaker for each topic), as well as solving problems. To reach these goals we need full concentration and lots of self-sufficient work during 10 working days (2 weeks by 5 working days each) of pure time.

Prerequisites: relativistic quantum mechanics, introduction to quantum field theory (at the level of spring intensive).

Questions to study during the practice:
1. Problems with high-energy unitarity in Fermi theory, adding massive vector bosons as solutions of these problems.
2. New problems with unitarity in theory with massive vector bosons, adding new particles and reqiurement of Yang-Mills symmetry from unitarity conditions.
3. Problems with description of massive gauge theories, solving them with Higgs mechanism of spontaneous symmetry breaking.
4. Theory of strong interactions and its connection with theory of electroweak interactions. General structure of SM.
5. Observational tests of SM including prospects of Higgs boson detection at LHC.

May 01, 2012    3 grade diploma from Ukrainian MAN competition awarded to Evgeniya Cheypesh.

According to results of Ukrainian MAN competition, Evgeniya Cheypesh, the last-year schoolchild of Kiev Natural and Scientific Lyceum No. 145, has been awarded by 3 grade diploma for work
"Studies of dark matter and analysis of rescription for mass of its particles" (scientific advisor - Dmytro Iakubovskyi).

Our greetings to Evgeniya!

Other MAN works of schoolchildren made with scientific supervision of VIRGO participants are located here.

April 18, 2012    19th Open Young Scientists' Conference on Astronomy and Space Physics in Kiev will take place next week.

During the next week, the 19th Open Young Scientists' Conference on Astronomy and Space Physics (see the YSC website for details) will take place in Kiev National Taras Shevchenko University. Among the Local Organizing Committee of the conference are VIRGO participants Ganna Ivashchenko, Iurii Babyk and Ievgen Vovk.

March 21, 2012    First part of the student practice "Introduction to Standard Model of particle physics" is starting next Monday.

Next Monday, March 26, the introductory intensive to student summer practice "Introduction to Standard Model of particle physics" will start.
This practice is devoted mainly for 3rd year students of the Department of Quantum Field Theory, Physics Faculty of Kyivv National Taras Shevchenko University. It is held yearly since 2010 by supervision of Dr. Alexey Boyarsky, one of the VIRGO coordinators. This intensive will be lead by active VIRGO participants, Artem Ivashko and Dr. Dmytro Iakubovskyi. This practice is very important for understanding the structure of Standard Model of particle physics and serves as a prerequisite for scientific work in the fields of physics of the early Universe and extensions of the Standard Model of particle physics, both of them are among VIRGO priorities.

The intensive will take place during the next week, after the ordinary classes. Place, time and number of room will be announced further.

Short annotation of the intensive's topics:

1. Motivation and overview of the intensive. Short historical overview of particle physics. First attempts to describe the relativistic quantum particles.

2. Quantum field theory as necessary product of self-consistent unification of special relavivity and quantum mechanics.

3. Feynmann diagrams, their role in describing particle interaction. Quantum and (quasi)classical processes.

4. Conservation laws, Noether theorem, degrees of freedom of fields.

5. Relativistic scattering theory. Calculation of cross-sections in theory of weak interactions and quantum electrodynamics.

Prerequisites: relativistic and non-relativistic quantum mechanics, special relativity, classical electrodynamics.

All people are welcome! The schedule and materials are available at VIRGO seminars webpage.

March 01, 2012    First BITP guest apartment is now ready to take scientific visitors.

During last several months, VIRGO has been involved in process of furnishing 2 guest apartments for scientific visitors. Such guest apartments are common in scientific institutions over the world providing low-cost and good-quality hostels for vising scientists. Since today, the first apartment is ready and this means now we have a possibility to locate our vising guests in Bogolyubov Institute for Theoretical Physics. Some photos are available here.

February 03, 2012    Fourth VIRGO Eductational Centre is starting next Tuesday.

Next Tuesday, VIRGO will start the lectures for its fourth Educational Centre -- the sequence of introductory lectures from different topics on astrophysics and cosmology. The lectures are mainly devoted for junior students. This year, the Centre will be organized by our members Ganna Ivashchenko and Anatoliy Tugay. All lectures will take place in VIRGO class of Physical Faculty of Kiev National Taras Shevchenko University. The preliminary program is available at the VIRGO seminars webpage.

December 24, 2011    3rd International Conference of Young Scientists "Modern problems of theoretical physics" -- afterwords.

During December 21-23, 3rd International Conference of Young Scientists "Modern problems of theoretical physics" took place in Bogolyubov Institute for Theoretical Physics. VIRGO participants Dmytro Iakubovskyi and Denys Savchenko and VIRGO coordinator Alexey Boyarsky actively took part in its organization. The "Astrophysics and Cosmology" section, started by the Yuri Shtanov (one of the VIRGO project coordinators), has been accompanied by sessions on physics physics of the Early Universe and high-energy astrophysics. The list of talks and links to all presentations are available at Conference website .

October 19, 2011    Lecture of D.Iakubovskyi in Kiev House of Scientists.

Yesterday, October 18, in Kiev House of Scientists, the lecture of Dmytro Iakubovskyi, one of VIRGO project members, has been take place. The topic of the lecture "Dark matter - status and prospects". The presentation (in Ukrainian) is available at VIRGO presentation webpage. Some photos are available at VIRGO gallery.

September 15, 2011    Student seminar on high-energy astrophysics and cosmology.

Student seminars is the new format of seminars allowing students to obtain the methods of independent study of non-trivial research material and to receive knowledge about the selected topics of up-to-date questions and papers in modern physics.

We plan the cycle of student seminars on high-energy astrophysics and cosmology covering the following topics:

* Generation of primordal magnetic fields in our Universe (head Ievgen Vovk);
* Nature of cosmic accelerators (head Denis Malyshev);
* Study of properties of dark matter particles (head Dmytro Iakubovskyi).

The aim of these seminars is to cover the topics necessary for subsequent research. Due to this, these seminars are mainly devoted to 3rd year students choosing their scientific task, as well as for senior students and PhD students who wants to expand their level of knowledge on the selected topic.
The schedule of these seminars is available at VIRGO seminar webpage.

The seminars will start if the group of interested participants (min 3-4 people) will be organized. Those who want to participate in these seminars please send an e-mail to Dmytro Iakubovskyi.

The prerequisites may vary through courses; they generally include at least some knowledge of classical electrodynamics. However, participation in those seminars will also be helpful for those students who haven't studied the classical electrodynamics.

In addition, if the group of interested people from other field of astrophysics, cosmology, condensed matter physics and mathematical physics will be organized, we will try to extent the list of topics, to find the seminar leader, prepare plan of the seminar and corresponding literature etc.

September 05, 2011    Presentation of scientific directions of BITP SEC.

The presentation of scientific directions of Scientific and Educational Center of Bogolyubov Institute for Theoretical Physics will take place in main auditorium #200 of KNU Physics Department On Monday, September 12, at 14.10. The following directions will be presented:

* Condenced matter physics
* High-energy astrophysics and cosmology
* High-energy physics
* Mathematical Physics
* Physics of elementary particles.

Everyone is welcome!

July 01, 2011    NASU grant for young scientists awarded to D.Iakubovskyi and D.Malyshev.

According to NASU information letter, our researchers Dmytro Iakubovskyi and Denys Malyshev have won the grant of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine for your scientists. According to this grant, they will receive 15.000 UAH during the last half of this year. The topic of the grant "Study of properties of elementary particles beyound the Standard Model by using astrophysical and cosmological observations" is directly related to VIRGO scientific activities. In case of project success, the grant can be prolonged for 2012 year.

Our congratulations to Dmytro and Denys!

June 15, 2011    Summer practice "Introduction to Standard model of particle physics".

During June 27 - July 6, we will hold the yearly summer practice for students "Introduction to Standard model of particle physics" in r.347 (VIRGO-class) of Bogolyubov Institute for Theoretical Physics. The aim of this practice is to study Standard Model of particle physics (SM), by emphasizing the problems of fundamental physics since foundation of quantum mechanics and special relativity. We will study how the requirement of complete (containting all existing processes), closed (all key assumtions and predictions have been verified) and consistent (not having internal contradictions) description of fudamental components scientists should have been assumed the existence of new particles and increase the energy of accelerators to test these assumptions. We will demonstrate that this process becomes closed in frames of SM having the only missing component (Higgs boson) which parameters are restricted from all sides. Therefore, LHC is the ultimate experiment to verify the SM -- it cannot miss the Higgs boson if SM is correct. We explain however most of scientist expects, even though SM is correct and Higgs boson will be found чому, there also exists a new physics beyond the SM which will be tested in part with the help of LHC and for testing the other part the completely different experimental methods will be needed. The aim of the course is not in a deep and systematic study of all matherial needed to work in wide range of particle physics in SM and beyond, but rather demonstration of general picture and understanding the nature of the processes which take place in SM, as well as help of young scientists in further choose of their scientific topics. Thereofore, this course will be additional to standard quantum field theory courses. It will combine the detailed study of some theoretical aspects necessary to understanding the SM processes including those not usually centered in standard field theory courses, phenomenology (information about observed particles and phenomena, their properties and corresponding experiments), some historical questions. The study will mostly take place in form of joint discussions (with a trained speaker for each task), and problem solution.

Prerequisites: relativistic quantum mechanics (Clein-Gordon and Dirac equations, including the case of external field). Between the seminars, food and drinks will be served. Everyone is welcome. The program of practice seminars is in VIRGO seminar webpage. The conspect of seminars can also be found here. Final list of problems is located here.

April 23, 2011    X BITP School for theoretical and mathematical physics - a foreword.

During the next week ( here is the preliminary schedule in Ukrainian), in Bogolyubov Institute of Theoretical Physics will take place the Tenth BITP School for theoretical and mathematical physics. It is primarily devoted to an up-to-date high-energy physics which is closely related to many tasks of VIRGO participants. As a result, many of VIRGO members -- Alexey Boyarsky, Dmytro Iakubovskyi, Atrem Ivashko, Yuri Shtanov and Maxim Sydorenko -- will actively participate in School activities, given introductory lectures and seminars. The schedule of their activities and the links on educatory materials are located at the seminars webpage.

April 19, 2011    Hand-on sessions on Fermi gamma-ray observatory in VIRGO.

Fermi observatory is a new large mission working in hard X-rays and gamma-rays. It has been established by NASA with participation of European and Japanese space agencies.

VIRGO is currently supporting Fermi data analysis. One of VIRGO participants - Ievgen Vovk, now studing as PhD student at Geneva University and recently becoming a member of AO KNU -- will provide the master class on Fermi data analysis, including hand-on sessions.

Ievgen is the high-class proffessional in Fermi data analysis, resulting in four peer-review papers during the last year (including his breaktrough result with Dr. A.Neronov about the existence of large-scale extragalactic magnetic fields, recently published in Science).

The schedule of Fermi hand-on sessions is located at the seminars webpage.

April 18, 2011    5-years anniversary of first VIRGO class.

Today, we celebrate our first anniversary. 5 years ago, April 18 2006, first VIRGO class has been opened in physical faculty. Since this time, many people has been participated in various VIRGO activities. Many of them remain the close bonds with VIRGO doing their research in high-energy astrophysics, cosmology and astroparticle physics at the highest level.

Congratulations to all VIRGO participants!

April 07, 2011    X-ray and gamma-ray data analysis - much faster with Ukranian National GRID!

One of the most important needs for our Observatory is the need for computing resources. Many highest-ranked scientific problems related to X-ray and gamma-ray data analysis usually need hundreds or even thousands of CPU-hours almost unreachable using single machines. To solve this problem, VIRGO provides the computing infrastructure of its computing classes, about 20 CPUs in total. However, during this year situation will improve drastically, as our project "Development of GRID Virtual Organization virgo_ua", selected for funding for 2011 year, will include the implementation of data analysis of XMM-Newton, Chandra and Fermi observatories covering most of current VIRGO scientific activites.

Importantly, because the abovementioned data analysis can be simply splitted on computing tasks runned independently on a single CPU, the best choice for such a data analysis is to use different computing clusters, rather than a signle supercomputer. Therefore, such tasks can use the existing infrastructure of Ukranian National GRID, currently containing more than 2000 CPUs for more than 20 computing clusters, in the most effective way.

The planned amount of funding for this project (project leader -- Yuri Shtanov, participants -- Alexey Boyarsky, Dmytro Iakubovskyi, Denis Malyshev, Denys Savchenko and Igor Zinchenko) during 2011 year is 80.000 UAH which is enough to develop the handy grid-working infrastructure for astrophysical database. Therefore, we plan that most of active VIRGO participants will have access to huge computing power of Ukranian National GRID which will further enhance quality and quantity of our scientific projects.

February 23, 2011    VIRGO intensive course "Introduction to theory of the early Universe".

During 1-4 March we have a new intensive course "Introduction to theory of the early Universe". The course will consist on the introductory lecture of Dr. A.Boyarsky about the particle physics at the early Universe, and the subsequent seminars lead by Dr. D.Iakubovskyi. The schedule of the intensive course is located here.

February 10, 2011    Schedule of VIRGO Educational Center-2011.

During the 2nd semester of 2010-2011 educational year, we continues the activity of VIRGO Educational Center containing the set of lectures and hands-on sessions on high-energy astrophysics and cosmology.
The lectures of the Center are devoted mainly to 1-5 grade students interested in high-energy astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology. These lectures will be accompanied with a set of detailed hands-on sessions, where XMM-Newton/EPIC, INTEGRAL/IBIS and Chandra/ACIS will be described in details. The schedule of the lectures and hands-on sessions can be found on VIRGO seminars webpage.

February 09, 2011    Examination of theoretical minimum for classical electrodynamics.

Scientific and Educational Center of Bogolyubov Institute for Theoretical Physics organizes the examination of theoretical minimum from classical electrodynamics. The preliminary date of the examination is February 28. The examination will take place in BITP. It will contain both theoretical questions and solutions of 2-3 selected problems similar to this problem set (in Ukrainian).

February 07, 2011    Russian President Premium for Young Scientists awarded to Dr. D.Gorbunov.

Our invited lecturer Dr. Dmitriy Gorbunov has been awarded by the yearly Russian President Premium for Young Scientists. The amount of the premium is 2.5 mln. Russian Roubles (about 85.000 USD).

Congratulations to Dr. Gorbunov!

December 25, 2010    BITP Conference of Young Scientists -- afterwords.

During December 22-24 the annual Conference of Young Scientists "Modern problems of theoretical physics" took place in Bogolyubov Institute for Theoretical Physics. VIRGO participants Dmytro Iakubovskyi and Denys Savchenko actively took part in its organization. The "Astrophysics and Cosmology" section, started by the introductory lecture of Dr. Yuri Shtanov (one of the VIRGO project coordinators), has been taken more than a half of VIRGO participants making oral or poster talks. In this section, the part of talks has been organized as special educational section for senior students (several of them, including Artem Ivashko and Maxim Sydorenko, has been presented their own talks) that continues the long-standing and successful joint educational activity of VIRGO and BITP Scientific and Educational Centre.

The outstanding oral talks or Ievgen Vovk and Andrii Elyiv (concerning one of the most important discovery in extragalactic astrophysics in 2010 -- the existence of cosmological magnetic fields), as well as the poster talk of Ganna Ivashchenko about correlation function of quasars from SDSS, have been obtained "The best talk" award in corresponding sessions.

Congratulations to them and other participants!

December 20, 2010    The 2010 year report about the project of creation and maintenance of GRID-Virtual Organization virgo_ua.

Despite of the outer difficulties concerning the time and the amount of funding the project of creation and maintenance of GRID-Virtual Organization virgo_ua in astrophysics and cosmology, all project tasks (in Ukrainian) for 2010 year have been successfully solved in time by the team of virgo_ua system administrators -- Denys Savchenko and Igor Zinchenko. The final report for 2010 year (in Ukrainian) is located here.

Our congratulations to all participants of the project!

November 18, 2010    On-line lecture set of Dr. Dmitriy Gorbunov (INR, Moscow) from selected topics of physics of the Early Universe.

During 1, 3 and 9 of December in Virgo-class (r.347) of Bogolyubov Institute of Theoretical Physics we will have the on-line lectures on selected topics of physics of the Early Universe. The lectures will be given by Dr. Dmitriy Gorbunov (INR, Moscow). These lectures are of particular interest of all students and scientits who wants to deeper study of physics of the Early Universe as well as the existing extentions of the Standard Model of particle physics. The shedule is located at VIRGO seminars web-page. To participate on-line, please contact Dima Iakubovskyi or use the Skype number virgo-seminars.

November 03, 2010    Workshop "Ukrainian National GRID - 2010" -- afterwords.

During November 1-2, the Workshop "Ukrainian National GRID - 2010" took place in BITP Conference Hall. Many representatives from VO virgo_ua have participated in this Wokshop. The slide with their current results and achievements has been included to oral talk of L.G. Levchuk (KIPT, Kharkiv) "Grid-technologies in physics and astrophysics (state-of-the-art and prospects in Ukraine)".

October 23, 2010    Seminar of Volodymyr Savchenko about Cherenkov telescopes -- forewords.

In Thursday, October 28, in VIRGO-class (r.423) of Physical Faculty, the seminar of Volodymyr Savchenko (currently working as a PhD student in both INTEGRAL Science Data Center and Bogolyubov Institute for Theoretical Physics) will take place. The main aim of the seminar is to describe the prospects of using existing computational power of Ukrainian National GRID (using recently created GRID-Virtual Organization virgo_ua) in system development of the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA).

CTA is widely acknowledged as the high-class R&D project. It currently involves about 300 scientists from EU, Switzerland, Namibia, South Africa and Armenia. It has been highly ranked in the recent US Decadal Survey of Astronomy and Astrophysics. In addition, CTA is included in the 2008 roadmap of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI). It is one of the "Magnificent Seven" of the European strategy for astroparticle physics published by ASPERA, and highly ranked in the "strategic plan for European astronomy" of ASTRONET. In Ukraine, there are only a few (if any) organization involved in such a highly-ranked collaboration.

The schedule of the seminar is available on our seminars web-page.

October 21, 2010    Registration of GRID-virtual organization virgo_ua.

Our GRID-virtual organization (VO) virgo_ua has been successfully registered in Ukrainian Academic GRID VO management server (VOMS). Creation of VO virgo_ua allows to significantly increase the amount of computational resources, available to VIRGO users, and to more effectively use the resources of Ukrainian Academic GRID by solving the essential world-class problems in astrophysics and cosmology.

All interested VIRGO users can participate in our VO. To do that, first of all you need to obtain the valid GRID certificate, using e.g. one of the Ukraine National Grid Registration Authorities. To be added to VO users list, please contact Dmytro Iakubovskyi and provide the brief information about you and your project. Note that if you're not the member of our collaboration, you will be asked about your project (including the estimate of computing resources), and the software which you're going to run. Finally, you should sign our VO Security Policy statement.

October 08, 2010    VIRGO proposals for XMM-Newton AO-10.

The tenth Announcement of Opportunity (AO-10) for XMM-Newton X-ray cosmic observatory, launched in 1999 by European Space Agency (ESA), has been closed today. As XMM-Newton is one of the most popular satellites used by X-ray community, VIRGO members has been largely participating in preparing and submitting scientific proposals for AO-10.

The details on AO-10 can be found in XMM-Newton webpage. Note that the participation in AO-10 allows Ukrainian astronomers and astrophysicists the unique opportunity to ask for XMM-Newton observing time looking for their favorable objects (as Ukraine is not a part of ESA) and thus allowing the world-class scientific research in VIRGO-like computing facilities without significant money investments. In fact, 1 second of XMM-Newton observations costs ESA about 10 Euros! If these proposals have been approved to XMM-Newton Observation Time Allocation Committee, the following groups will be the owners of their data prior to 1 year after the observation, after that the observation will become available to broad scientific community.

The details of submitted proposals are listed below:

1) Probing the nature of dark matter particles with XMM-Newton (A. Boyarsky, O. Ruchayskiy, D.Iakubovskyi, D. Malyshev, T. Maccarone and M. Walker).

We propose a deep (~1 Msec) exposure observation of the Sculptor dwarf spheroidal. The aim of the observations is to detect a narrow line, originating from a decay of dark matter (DM) particles in the DM halo of this dSph. Constraints from existing observations of dwarf and spiral galaxies, galaxy clusters with XMM, Chandra and Suzaku demonstrate that only such a dedicated deep exposure observation of DM-dominated objects can probe theoretically preferred range of DM parameters. Such an observation thus provides an unmatched capability to resolve fundamental problems of particle physics and cosmology. Additionally, this observation will allow to determine proper motion of dSph, study blue straggler stars and gas content.

2) Dark matter in very isolated galaxy pairs (O. Melnyk, A. Elyiv, J. Surdej).

We propose a total of 100 (2x50) ksec XMM observations of the two very isolated pairs of elliptical galaxies KPG276 and KPG387. These pairs do not show the presence of any significant neighbor within a distance of 1 Mpc. Since galaxy pairs constitute the general and most simple cases of galaxy groups, the main goal of our proposal is to detect some X-ray emission from the galaxy pairs and then to reconstruct in detail the corresponding dark matter distribution. Such observations will allow us to better understand the evolution and dark matter content at intermediate scales between individual galaxies and galaxy clusters.

3) X-ray Counterparts of Be Gamma-ray Binary Candidates (M. V. McSwain, M. Chernyakova, D. Malishev, M. De Becker, S. Williams and E.Coughlin).

The AGILE and Fermi missions have detected hundreds of unidentified GeV sources in the Galactic plane, but only a handful have been correlated with X-ray or optical counterparts. Several of these are high mass X-ray binaries that also exhibit MeV, GeV, and/or TeV emission, leading to a new class of "gamma-ray binaries". More than half of all HMXB contain Be stars, and likewise most of the known gamma-ray binaries are Be star systems. We have identified three new Be stars that may be associated with GeV point sources, and we propose XMM-Newton observations to measure the position, flux, and spectral properties of the X-ray counterparts. Our modest time request will help identify several unknown GeV point sources, potentially doubling the number of known Be/gamma-ray binaries.

4) Multiwavelength search of new gamma-ray loud binaries (A. Neronov, D. Malishev, M. Chernyakova).

This project is devoted to the study of gamma-ray-loud binary systems (GRLB). These systems form a new sub-class of X-ray binaries in which interaction of an outflow from a compact object (a neutrons star or a black hole) with the wind and radiation emitted by the massive companion star leads to the production of very-high energy (VHE) gamma-ray emission. Currently only 5 systems of this type are known. This proposal is aimed at the search of new representatives of this class of binary systems. Our goal is to understand general physical mechanisms responsible for the "gamma-ray loudness" of X-ray binaries. We have selected 5 GRLB candidate sources based on Fermi data (sources in the Galactic Plane visible above 100 GeV, with X-ray and/or radio counterpart). One of these systems, 1FGL J2107.5+5202c, was recently observed by Swift. For other sources no high-quality X-ray data are available. We propose to observe the four candidate GRLBs with XMM-Newton to identify the X-ray counterparts of the gamma-ray sources and measure their spectral and timing properties. Based on this information we will be able to confirm or reject the hypothesis that these gamma-ray sources are GRLBs. For the one GRLB candidate which was already observed by Swift, we propose to study the detailed spectral and timing characteristics, in particular, search for variability on the orbital time scale (2.35 days).

September 03, 2010    New VIRGO course for advanced students.

Virtual Roentgen and Gamma-Ray Observatory VIRGO, Scientific and Educational Center (SEC) of Bogolyubov Institute for Theorerical Physics and Physical Faculty of Kiev Taras Shevchenko University have presented a novel course "Physics beyond the Standard Model".

The important novelty of this course is in "summer school-type" organization. During the course seminars, 5-6 grade students and invited specialists (Alexey Boyarsky, Dmytro Iakubovskyi and Yuri Shtanov) will discuss this year CERN Academic Training lectures of Prof. Carlo Giunti (about neutrino oscillations) and Prof. George Raven (about CP violation) about the physics beyond the Standard Model of elementary particles.

In addition, the lecture discussion will be available on-line using EVO software. To participate on-line, please contact Dmytro Iakubovskyi.

The schedule of the seminars is available at VIRGO seminars web-page.

August 30, 2010    Day of the Open Doors of BITP Scientific and Educational Center.

Bogolyubov Institute for Theoretical Physics (BITP), Physical Faculty of Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University and Virtual Roentgen and Gamma-ray Observatory VIRGO will organize the Day of the Open Doors of BITP Scientific and Educational Center (SEC).

The event will hold on Thursday, 2 September, at 16:00 in room 209 of Physical Faculty.

During the event, the main scientific directions of SEC activity will be addressed:

- astrophysics and cosmology;

- mathematical physics;

- physics of condensed matter;

- physics of the Early Universe.

After that, we discuss the program of preliminary courses necessary to join each of these activities, and subsequent "special" courses. All these courses will be provided by BITP SEC during 2010-2011 year.

August 25, 2010    New look for our site.

The site have been totally updated. Hope you like our new design.

July 12, 2010    New possibility of organizing video-seminars in BITP VIRGO class.

During the current course of intensive seminars devoted to Standard Model, the new possibility of video-seminars from r.347 (VIRGO-room) of Bogolyubov Institute for Theoretical Physics has been adapted. It is organized using the free EVO software. It is possible to record the video in EVO format and play it using the special EVO player.


The archived video records from the course (~400-500 Mbytes per day) are located here.

June 26, 2010    The start of the new course of intensive seminars devoted to Standard Model of elementary particles.

The new course of intensive seminars devoted to Standard Model of elementary particles will take place 5-16 July, 2010 in r.347 (VIRGO-room) of Bogolyubov Institute for Theoretical Physics. The main aim of the course is to provide an extended overview of the Standard Model processes showing the exceptional strengh of "tree unitarity" condition. In particular, we will show that by using the requirement of tree unitarity one can easily restore the structure of Standard Model in electroweak, gauge and Higgs sectors. An overview of stong interactions will also be presented. Finally, by considering 1-loop corrections to quantum electrodynamics, we will consider the basics renormalization theory and will show that the Standard Model is renormalizable.

This course is exceptionally recommended for senior students fluent with classical field theory, quantum mechanics and the basics of quantum field theory. In addition, several preliminary seminars (taking place during 29 June - 1 July, 2010) will take place to explain the basics of quantum field theory.

The schedule of the course is available here. To participate off-line on this course (excluding lecturers), one should contact Dmytro Iakubovskyi (dima806@gmail.com), this is necessary to provide the "passage permit" to Bogolyubov Institute. It is also possible to participate some of the seminars (marked "on-line") using Skype facility (Skype number: virgo-seminars).

June 10, 2010    The project "Creation and maintenance of GRID-virtual organization virgo_ua in cosmology and astroparticle physics", lead by Yu.Shtanov, has been selected by Coordination Council of "Ukrainian National GRID" programme and will be financed for 2010 year.

The project No. 69-136 "Creation and maintenance of GRID-virtual organization virgo_ua in cosmology and astroparticle physics", lead by Yu.Shtanov (BITP) has been selected by Coordination Council of "Ukrainian National GRID" programme and will be financed for 2010 year (the total amount of funding is 69.000 UAH). The project is driven by the team largely involved in SCOPES scientific project including scientists from Astronomical Observatory of Kiev National University (leader - V.Zhdanov), Main Astronomical Observatory of NASU (leader - P.Berczik) and Astronomical Observatory of Lviv National University (leader - B.Novosyadlyj). Our members Alexey Boyarsky, Dmytro Iakubovskyi, Denis Savchenko, Yuri Shtanov, Vitaly Slyusar and Valery Zhdanov are largely participating in this project.

Our congratulations to the project members!

May 27, 2010    D.Iakubovskyi has been participated in radio program "Vsesvit".

Going the road already laid by Ganna Ivashchenko, today our representative Dmytro Iakubovskyi has been participated in radio program "Vsesvit" dedicated for young people interested on astronomy and astrophysics. The record of the program will be translated TODAY 6:35p.m. (1st part) and and on Monday, May 31, 5:05 p.m. (2nd part), at radio "Golos Kyeva", studio "Maydan" FM 72.08, and can be downloaded from here.

Our congratulations to Dmytro!

May 18, 2010    First VIRGO paper published in Science.

The paper of our colleague Ievgen Vovk and Dr.Andrii Neronov (ISDC, Geneva) has been recently published in Science. The description of this paper can be found in VIRGO forum. See also
VIRGO list of publications for more VIRGO-related papers.

Our congratulations to Ievgen!

May 13, 2010    G.Ivashchenko has been participated in radio program "Vsesvit".

Today, our representative Ganna Ivashchenko has been participated in radio program "Vsesvit" dedicated for young people interested on astronomy and astrophysics. The record of the program will be translated TODAY 6:35p.m., at radio "Golos Kyeva", studio "Maydan" FM 72.08.

Our congratulations to Hanna!

May 03, 2010    G.Ivashchenko's report about YSC'17

During April 26 - May 1 2010, the next 17th Young Scientists' Conference on Astronomy and Space Physics - YSC'17 - took place in Kiev. Our members Ganna Ivashchenko, Ievgen Vovk, Iurii Babyk and Volodymyr Masliukh were playing active roles in Organizing Committee of this conference.

Ganna's informal report about YSC'17 can be found here.

April 08, 2010    Second on-line workshop dedicated to SCOPES cosmological project

On Wednesday, April 7, the second on-line workshop dedicated to SCOPES cosmological project was organized. The details of this workshop are available here.

February 09, 2010    Discussion of the Prof. Gia Dvali's lecture set "Beyond the Standard Model"

The lecture set "Beyond the Standard Model" contains 5 video lectures given by prof. Gia Dvali (one of the most renowned scientists in this field) at CERN Summer School (in English). This set of lectures is selected as an _up-to-date review_ of the physics beyond the Standard Model.

These lectures are available on-line using the following links:

http://cdsweb.cern.ch/record/1193112

http://cdsweb.cern.ch/record/1194048

http://cdsweb.cern.ch/record/1194476

http://cdsweb.cern.ch/record/1194477

http://cdsweb.cern.ch/record/1194481

(the duration of each lecture is about 75 minutes).

We are going to discuss the _content_ of this lecture set on Friday, February 12, at room 347 (VIRGO-class) of Bogolyubov Institute for Theoretical Physics. The discussion starts at 11:00 a.m. After each lecture, we will have a break, so the "maximum" goal is to discuss all 5 lectures in the set during Friday.

After this lecture set, we have a preliminary agreement with Prof. Dvali about his lecture (live video, using facilities of BITP video-conference class) concerning the "application of unitarity principle to black holes and creation of black holes in accelerators". The lecture set "Beyond the Standard Model" will thus serve as an _introduction_ to Prof. Dvali's lecture.

January 20, 2010    Schedule of VIRGO Educational Center-2010

During the 2nd semester of 2009-2010 educational year, we continues the activity of VIRGO Educational Center containing the set of lectures and hands-on sessions on high-energy astrophysics and cosmology.
The lectures of the Center are devoted mainly to 1-5 grade students interested in high-energy astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology. These lectures will be accompanied with a set of detailed hands-on sessions, where XMM-Newton/EPIC and INTEGRAL/IBIS will be described in details. The schedule of the lectures and hands-on sessions can be found on VIRGO seminars webpage.

December 24, 2009    First on-line workshop dedicated to SCOPES cosmological project

On Wednesday, December 16, the first on-line workshop dedicated to SCOPES cosmological project was organized. The details of this workshop are available here.

December 01, 2009    Pavel Gavrilenko successfully passed the BITP examination in theoretical minimum

Yesterday, 30 November, at the Bogolyubov Institute for Theoretical Physics, an examination in theoretical minimum in "Classical electrodynamics" was held by D.Iakubovskyi. It has been successfully passed by Pavel Gavrilenko, a 2th grade student of the DQFT KNU, who received an "excellent" grade.

Our congratulations to Pavel!

The next examination is to be held at the BITP VIRGO.UA room 347 on Monday, December 7, at 3 p.m.

November 19, 2009    Postdoc position for I.Telezhinsky at DESY astroparticle group.

One of the active VIRGO.UA scientists, Igor Telezhinsky, has received a (postdoc) position of research scientist in the theoretical astroparticle group at DESY (Zeuthen, Germany). His research will be directly related to modeling gamma-ray emission from supernova remnants, effectively extending his activity in frames of VIRGO.UA.

Congratulations to Igor!

November 03, 2009    The KPI computing cluster now becomes available for running the VIRGO.UA software

During the last several months, the VIRGO.UA team - A.Boyarsky, O.Ruchayskiy, V.Slyusar and V.Kuznetsov - has successfully adapted the computational environment of the computing cluster of the Kiev Polytechnical Institute, one of the largest computing clusters in the Ukrainian Academic Grid, for GADGET-II, a commonly used cosmological simulation code.

GADGET-II is used in many leading simulations of cosmological structure formation, such as Aquarius project and Millenium simulation.

The VIRGO.UA team will run GADGET-II in KPI for important research in frames of a new SCOPES project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

After this development, cosmological and astrophysical calculations at the KPI cluster become available via the GRID technologies, thus effectively enlarging the capability of the Ukrainian Academic Grid.

November 01, 2009    The SCOPES Joint Research project, lead by M.Shaposhnikov (EPFL) and A.Boyarsky, in collaboration with Ukrainian, Swiss, Russian and Georgian colleagues, has been selected by the Swiss National Science Foundation and will be financed beginning from December 1, 2009.

The SCOPES Joint Research project, lead by M.Shaposhnikov (EPFL) and A.Boyarsky, in collaboration with Ukrainian, Swiss, Russian and Georgian colleagues, has been selected by the Swiss National Science Foundation and will start from December 1, 2009. The budget of this project is 240.000 Swiss francs. The VIRGO.UA members (V.Zhdanov, Yu.Shtanov, G.Ivashchenko, D.Iakubovskyi, A.Ivashko and S.Vilchinsky) are largely participating in this project.

Our congratulations to the participants of this SCOPES Joint Research project!

The main goal of this project is to study the properties of dark matter and dark energy and to constrain (or differentiate between) particle-physics models in which these phenomena find their description. For this purpose, we are going to study the clustering of matter on relatively small spatial scales (< 1 Mpc) at early cosmological epochs (2 < z < 5) by using the available recent data on the Lyman-alpha forest in the spectra of quasars. The development of structure is known to be rather sensitive to the mass of particles constituting dark matter and their primordial velocity distribution and to the current value and possible evolution of the dark-energy density; this will hopefully enable us to fix these important values in a model-independent way. One of the particle species that definitely contribute to dark matter today are relic cosmological neutrinos. Combining the upper bounds on the mass of electron neutrino with the results of neutrino oscillations experiments, one can conclude that the heaviest neutrino mass lies in the range between 0.05 eV to about 2 eV. The method of Lyman-alpha forest, on the other hand, is expected to give tighter cosmological constraints on this parameter, which would be very important both for particle physics and for our understanding of cosmology.

The model-independent results obtained in this way are going to be quite important for various particlephysics candidates for dark matter and dark energy. One of the tasks of this project will consist in testing and putting constraints on the parameters of a specific extension of the Standard Model in which several problems of particle physics and cosmology (including the problem of dark matter and dark energy) find their natural and unified resolution.

October 27, 2009    Mykola Malygin successfully passed the BITP examination in theoretical minimum

Yesterday, 26 October, at the Bogolyubov Institute for Theoretical Physics, an examination in theoretical minimum in "Classical electrodynamics" was held by D.Iakubovskyi. It has been successfully passed by Mykola Malygin, a 5th grade student of the ASPD KNU, who received an "excellent" grade.

Our congratulations to Mykola!

The next examination is to be held at the BITP VIRGO.UA room 347 on Monday, November 9, at 3 p.m.

October 21, 2009    November 16-20: A series of seminars given in Kiev by Dr. Dmitry Gorbunov (INR, Moscow)

We have a pleasure to announce the visit of the well-known expert in high-energy physics Dr. Dmitry Gorbunov (INR, Moscow). During his stay in Kiev, preliminary November 16-20, he is going to deliver several lectures on cosmology covering the following topics:

Post-inflationary reheating;
Baryogenesis;
Alternatives of inflation.

The schedule of the lectures will appear soon at the VIRGO.UA seminar page.

October 10, 2009    A new large observation proposal for XMM-Newton has been submitted by A.Boyarsky, D.Iakubovskyi in collaboration with C.Frenk and R.Hickox (Durham University), J.-W. den Herder (SRON) and others.

Yesterday, 9th October, the XMM-Newton Ninth Announcement of Opportunity (AO-9) has been closed. Our members Alexey Boyarsky and Dmytro Iakubovskyi, together with a large group of European scientists, have submitted a large observing programme for XMM-Newton requesting for about one-tenth (!) of XMM-Newton observing time for 2010-2011 campaign in order to observe two faint Dark Matter-dominated objects - Draco and Sculptor dwarf spheroidal galaxies. Such large amounts of observing time are only available to the most important proposals leading to substantial improvement of our knowledge about the fundamental physics.

The title of the proposal: "The search for decaying dark matter particles with deep exposure observation of dwarf spheroidal galaxies"

Authors: A.Boyarsky (BITP, Kiev), C.Frenk (Durham Univ., Durham), J-W. den Herder (SRON, Utrecht), R.Hickox (Durham Univ., Durham), D.Iakubovskyi (BITP, Kiev), O.Ruchayskiy (EPFL, Lausanne), M.Walker (Ohio State Univ.)

Abstract. We propose deep (~1 Msec) exposure observations of the Sculptor and Draco dwarf spheroidal satellites (dSph) of the Milky way. The aim of the observations is to detect a narrow line, originating from a decay of dark matter (DM) particles in the DM halo of these dSphs. The deep exposure dedicated observations of dSphs with XMM-Newton provide an unmatched capability to resolve fundamental problems of particle physics and cosmology with X-ray observations.

October 08, 2009    A.Boyarsky's talk about ScienseWISE project

The ScienceWISE project, driven by Alexey Boyarsky with a group of Swiss scientists, aims to develop a scientist-generated on-line knowledge base fully integrated into the physics arXiv.

More information about this seminar (including abstract in Ukrainian) is available in our Seminars page.

September 25, 2009    G.Ivashchenko's report about COSMO 09

During 7-11 September 2009, the largest conference on modern cosmology - COSMO 09 - took place in CERN, Geneva (Switzerland). Our representative Ganna Ivashchenko has also been attended this conference. Now she is going to prepare a scientific overview of COSMO 09, which will be presented during next VIRGO.UA seminar, on Wednesday, 30 September, at 14:30 in KNU computer room of VIRGO.UA. See also our seminar page for details.

Ganna's informal report about her visit can be found here.

September 15, 2009    A new paper of A.Boyarsky, D.Iakubovskyi, D.Malyshev and co-authors has been submitted to Science.

A new paper "New evidence for dark matter" authored by Alexey Boyarsky (BITP, Kiev and ETHZ, Zurich), Oleg Ruchayskiy (EPFL, Lausanne), Dmytro Iakubovskyi (BITP, Kiev), Denis Malyshev (DIAS, Dublin) and Andrea Maccio (MPIA, Heidelberg) has been submitted to Science http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Science_(journal). Below is the abstract of this paper.

Abstract. According to our present understanding, all galaxies and galaxy clusters are
hosted by dark haloes. An important question is whether properties of these
dark haloes depend on local environment or whether they are universal. To
answer this question we collect a comprehensive observational sample of dark
matter-dominated objects and suggest a new characteristic of a halo – the dark
matter column density. This quantity shows a universal behaviour for all observed
objects over eight orders of magnitude in mass, from dwarf galaxies to
massive clusters. We show that this behaviour is in excellent agreement with
numerical and theoretical predictions from the current cosmological concordance
model. This universality provides a new evidence for the existence of
dark matter on an unprecedented large mass range.

September 01, 2009    G.Ivashchenko's travel to COSMO 09

During 7-11 September 2009, the world largest conference on modern cosmology - COSMO 09 - will take place in CERN, Geneva (Switzerland). Our representative Ganna Ivashchenko will also attend this conference. After her return, she will tell us about the new scientific achievents presented at COSMO 09.

Ganna's informal report about her visit can be found here.

August 20, 2009    1-18 September: VIRGO.UA intensive seminar course "Introduction to theory of the Early Universe"

During these seminars, the following topics will be covered:

basics of QFT and thermodynamics in accelerated Universe;
Big Bang nucleosynthesis;
inflation;
introduction to QFT at finite temperatures
introduction to baryogenesis, sphalerons and Bogolyubov transformations;
introduction to chiral anomalies in Standard Model.

We also have preliminary agreement that these seminars will be supervised on-line by Alexey Boyarsky (BITP and ETHZ, Zurich), Oleg Ruchayskiy (EPFL, Lausanne) and Yuri Shtanov (BITP). The schedule of the seminars is available at VIRGO.UA seminars page.

June 15, 2009    29 June - 10 July: VIRGO.UA on-line Summer practice on Standard Model phenomenology

Since 29 June for 10 July, VIRGO.UA propose new activity of student education: on-line Summer practice. During this practice, VIRGO.UA members and BITP scientists will bring a series of seminars for students interested on Standard Model phenomenology. We have preliminary agreement that these seminars will be supervised on-line by Alexey Boyarsky (BITP and ETHZ, Zurich), Oleg Ruchayskiy (EPFL, Lausanne) and Yuri Shtanov (BITP). During these seminars, the following topics will be covered:

introduction to theory of weak interactions (Fermi theory);
Standard Model from tree unitarity;
overview of particle physics;
introduction to theory of strong interactions;
overview of the experimental basis of the Standard Model (LEP-I, LEP-II, Tevatron, LHC).

The schedule of the seminars is available at VIRGO.UA seminars page.

These seminars also appear on-line (using Skype). For remote participation plase contact Dmytro Iakubovskyi (Skype number: dima806).

August 05, 2008    2nd VIRGO.UA workshop: Kiev, 1-3 September 2008

VIRGO.UA organizes the 2nd VIRGO.UA workshop dedicated to VIRGO.UA students' and scientists' works. The workshop will be held in Bogolyubov Institute for Theoretical Physics during September 1-3 2008. See more detailed information in its webpage.

July 01, 2008    July 1-11: Scientific practice for 3 grade students.

Schedule of scientific practice
For 3 grade students
Group “Quantum field theory”

July 1-4, 2008. Denis MALISHEV (BITP)

Tuesday, July 1.
10.00-12.00. Introduction to Linux.
12.30-14.30. Supernova remnants (lecture №1)

Wednesday, July 2.
10.00-12.00. SPI/INTEGRAL data analysis.
12.30-14.30. Supernova remnants (lecture №2)

Thursday, July 3.
10.00-12.00. SPI/INTEGRAL data analysis.
12.30-14.30. Supernova remnants (lecture №3)

Friday, July 4.
10.00-14.00. Final project.

July 7-11, 2008. Dmytro IAKUBOVSKYI (BITP)

Monday, July 7.
10.00-12.00. XMM-Newton data analysis.
12.30-14.30. High-energy astrophysics (lecture №1)

Tuesday, July 8.
10.00-12.00. XMM-Newton data analysis.
12.30-14.30. High-energy astrophysics (lecture №2)

Wednesday, July 9.
10.00-12.00. XMM-Newton data analysis.
12.30-14.30. High-energy astrophysics (lecture №3)

Thursday, July 10.
10.00-12.00. XMM-Newton data analysis.
12.30-14.30. High-energy astrophysics (lecture №4)

Friday, July 11.
10.00-14.00. Final project.

April 25, 2008    14 May - VIRGO presentations of O.Melnyk, D.Iakubovskyi and A.Elyiv in NASU House of Scientists

VIRGO.UA members will participate in celebration of the Scientist Day in Ukraine (13-15 May). During Wednesday, 14 May, they will make several presentations about the relationship of up-to-date science and advanced computing, showing the interesting opportunities in scientific computation. These presentations are mainly devoted for young people interested not only in hardware and software but in up-to-date science. As an example, they will describe in details several tasks originated at the edge of modern astrophysics and cosmology, which are among the primary interests of VIRGO.UA participants, and the dominant role of advanced computing in these tasks.

All events will held in NASU House of Scientists, Volodymyska str, 45-a.
The starting time is 14:30.

Plan:

1. Foreword of Chair of Bogolyubov Institute for Theoretical Physics, academician A.G.Zagorodny. 10 min.
2. Presentations of VIRGO.UA members:

Olga Melnyk "Modern astronomy" 15 min.
Dmytro Iakubovskyi "What is studied by modern astrophysics?" 15 min.
Andii Elyiv "Computational astronomy" 15 min.

3. Press-conference. 25 min.

The final version of a joint presentations (58 Mbytes) is available here.

November 21, 2007    13 December - VIRGO.UA Day of the open doors !!!

At Thursday, 13 December, at 2:30 p.m., VIRGO.UA organizes the Day of the open doors at aud. 101 of Physical Faculty of Kiev National Taras Shevchenko University. This event is primarily intended to promote the up-to-date high-energy astrophysics to 1st year students from Physical Faculty, senior (9-11 grades) schoolchildren and their teachers from Kiev schools with advanced study of physics and mathematics.

Plan:

1. Foreword of Prof. Thierry Courvoisier (Geneve University). 10 min.
2. Presentations of VIRGO.UA members:

Igor Telezhinsky "Modern astronomy". 15 min.
Dmytro Iakubovskyi "VIRGO.UA science". 15 min.
Anatoliy Tugay "VIRGO.UA activity". 15 min.

3. Excursion to VIRGO.UA computer class in Physical Faculty of Kiev National Taras Shevchenko University. 20 min.
4. Press-conference. 15-25 min.

The final version of a joint presentations (43 Mbytes) is available here.

May 17, 2007    May 22: Lectures of Prof. Peter von Ballmoos


Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv
Bogolyubov Institute for Theoretical Physics

Kiev High-Energy Astrophysics Semester


May 22, 2007. 14:30

KNU Faculty of Physics, room 500


Prof. Peter von Ballmoos
(Tolouse University, France)

1. lecture (14.30-15.15).
Exploring the low energy gamma-ray sky:

Context and brief history of Gamma-Ray Observations
Main science thèmes: Cosmic Accelerators - Cosmic Explosions

2. lecture (15.30-16.15).
Instruments for Nuclear Astrophysics:

Definitions
Opportunities and constraints
State of the art

May 04, 2007    First VIRGO.UA workshop: Kiev, May 28 - 30, 2007

VIRGO.UA organizes the 1st VIRGO.UA workshop dedicated to VIRGO.UA students' and scientists' works.
The workshop will be held in Kiev Astronomical Observatory during May 28-30 2007. See more detailed information in its webpage.

April 19, 2007    During next week we will have the lectures and workshops of VIRGO.UA invited lecturer Dr. Marcus Kirsch

During next week we will have the lectures and workshops of VIRGO.UA invited lecturer
Dr. Marcus Kirsch
(XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre, Spain).
The aim of these lectures and workshops is to train people with XMM-Newton SAS software, give them the basics of data reduction, including analysis in pn timing/burst modes.
All these lectures and workshops will take place at VIRGO.UA room (Physical Faculty, r.423)
For more information visit workshop page.

In order to participation please contact Dmytro Iakubovskyi.

March 25, 2007    2nd Kiev High-energy astrophysics semester

2nd Kiev High-energy astrophysics semester will be held in Kiev, during Kiev, April 9-12, May 21 - 25 and September/October, 2007. Detailed information about the activities during this event can be found in its page.

April 15, 2006    Opening ceremony of 1st VIRGO.UA computer room

We are happy to announce the opening ceremony of 1st VIRGO.UA computer room (on Tuesday, April 18 2006, at 3p.m. in Main Auditorium #200 of Physical Faculty of Kiev National Taras Shevchenko University), created in frames of VIRGO.UA project by joint efforts of Physical Faculty and Astronomical Observatory of Kiev National Taras Shevchenko University, Bogolyubov Institute for Theoretical Physics (BITP) and INTEGRAL Science Data Center (ISDC).


VIRGO.UA, or Virtual Roentgen and Gamma-Ray Observatory, is a computing centre for high-energy astrophysics and astroparticle physics. The conception of Virtual Observatory allows to provide the effective access to most up-to-date high-energy data (first of all, data of two space observatories of European Space Agency - INTEGRAL and XMM-Newton - working in X-ray and soft gamma-ray energy range, respectively) for Ukrainian scientists, especially optical and radio-astronomers.


The aims of VIRGO.UA computing center is to help its users with obtaining the data for a given object and processing them using VIRGO.UA computing facilities, to organize regular schools and workshops in high-energy astrophysics and astroparticle physics, preparation for submission proposals to observe selected objects in X- and gamma-rays. Using VIRGO.UA facilities, Ukrainian specialists working in radio and optical astronomy can expand the observation range of their objects using X-ray and gamma-ray telescopes.

April 02, 2006    1st Kiev High-energy astrophysics semester

1st Kiev High-energy astrophysics semester will be held in Kiev, during April 17 – May 12 and June 19–24, 2006. Detailed information about the activities during this event can be found in its page.