AstroParticle Bites

What is Astroparticle Bites?

Astroparticle Bites is an online physics journal club where a recent astroparticle physics paper is discussed regularly at a level appropriate for physics undergrads interested in research. These discussions are written by a group of current or recent graduate students. Our goal is to have weekly postings.

Papers are available on the arxiv website:, and will be linked in the individual posts. Most will come from astrophysics: cosmology and non-galactic, or from high energy: experiment.


Why read Astroparticle Bites?

Reading a technical paper from an unfamiliar subfield is intimidating. It may not be obvious how the techniques used by the researchers really work or what role the new research plays in answering the bigger questions motivating that field, not to mention the obscure jargon! For most people, it takes years for scientific papers to become meaningful.

Our goal is to solve this problem, one paper at a time. With each brief Astroparticle Bite, you should not only learn about one interesting piece of current work, but also get a peek at the broader picture of research in a new area of astroparticle physics.


Who writes Astroparticle Bites?

Astroparticle Bites is written and edited by current or recent graduate students in astroparticle physics. You can contact us if you are interested in becoming a contributor.

Astroparticle Bites was founded in 2019 by Mark Richardson, Education and Outreach Officer at the Arthur B. McDonald Canadian Astroparticle Physics Research Institute, with Gevy Cao, Abhinav Jindal, Max Walent, and Shawn Westdale as the initial contributors.


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We would like to thank Susanna Kohler and the AAS for suggestions on starting this blog, as well as Astrobites for the inspiration.

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of any institutions the author(s) may be associated with. Astroparticle Bites is not affiliated with the arXiv.