Peruvian receives IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Astroparticle Physics

00:15 | Lima, Jul. 14.

Peruvian physicist and Harvard professor, Carlos Argüelles, has been named as this year's recipient of the Young Scientist Prize in Astroparticle Physics from the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) for his work in said area.

"I am honored to receive this award," Argüelles said in an article published by the Harvard University Department of Physics.

Argüelles accepted his award at a virtual ceremony as part of the International Cosmic Ray Conference, on July 12. The accolade consisted of a certificate, medal, and a monetary award.

"I thank my mentors, my IceCube collaborators and friends, and my neutrino theory friends. For me, this award reflects the fact that we live in very exciting times to do neutrino physics and astrophysics. There is much to discover and learn ahead of us," he was quoted as saying by Harvard.

For its part, the IceCube Neutrino Observatory congratulated the Peruvian physicist for such achievement.

"Congratulations Carlos Argüelles on your 2021 IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Astroparticle Physics! We are proud to have you in the IceCube family," it posted on Twitter.

Argüelles' Research in astroparticle physics

In an interview with the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP), he said that particle physics aims to understand the most fundamental constituents of nature and how they interact.

To date, Argüelles develops new techniques to study and characterize astrophysical neutrinos to search for new physics in the neutrino sector and understand the origin of the high-energy astrophysical neutrino flux.

"Neutrinos are a bit exotic because they are not easy to manipulate as they have no electric charge. We know that neutrinos are produced in nuclear reactions and are the second most abundant particle in the universe. Therefore, they play an important role in the evolution of the universe," he remarked.

According to information issued by Harvard University, its physics professor has worked on searching for signatures of new physics using the large sample of IceCube atmospheric neutrino events.

"He is also involved in the development of the IceCube Upgrade, which will extend IceCube's scientific capabilities to lower energies and enable more precise flavor identification of neutrinos," the U.S.-based university stated.


Published: 7/14/2021
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