HRH. Princess Sirindhorn witnesses DESY-NARIT MoU signing ceremony to debut astroparticle physics cooperation

Nov 18th, 2015

Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY)

Hamburg, Federal Republic of Germany


HRH. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn observes the Cooperation Agreement signing ceremony between Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) and the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT). The 2 institutes ink the Agreement in order to expand their collaborative efforts in Astroparicle Physics as a discipline in addition to the existing fields of cooperation that DESY currently has in possession with Thailand. 



“DESY is widely renowned for its expertise in accelerators and detectors that are unique ranging from creating the world’s most intense X-ray light, accelerating particles to record energies and opening completely new windows onto the universe” says Prof. Boonrucksar Soonthornthum, NARIT Executive Director.  Astroparticle Physics is therefore, undeniably, one of its interdisciplinary branches that has been outstanding at DESY as it studies elementary particles of astronomical origin and their relation to astrophysics and cosmology. This new field of discipline has emerged at the intersection of particle physics, astronomy, astrophysics, detector physics, relativity, solid-state physics, and cosmology resulting from the discovery of neutrino oscillation. 



The relationship between DESY and Thailand has been initiated during the official visit of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to DESY in August 21st, 2002. Ever since numerous activities focusing on preparatory programmes for young Thai scientists in the fields of accelerator physics and related technologies, applications of synchrotron light and Free Electron-Lasers, elementary particle physics and theoretical physics, just to name a few. Such long-standing relationship together with concrete programmes led to an official Cooperation Agreement signed on August 9th, 2012 between DESY and other Thailand’s leading institutes namely, Synchrotron Light Research Institute, Thailand Centre of Excellence of Physics, and National Science and Technology Development Agency, in order to strengthen the existing cooperative efforts and bring the emerging collaborations to a new height.


NARIT has foreseen the significance of Astroparticle Physics as a mechanism to drive Thailand’s astronomy forward. Therefore the decision to join hand with DESY is inevitably imperative as it is a major milestone of the development of astronomy of Thailand in the world arena. “The Cooperation Agreement signed here today will facilitate us with a committed approach to working more closely together, which will allow us to reach our common goal, ‘the cooperation on the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) Observatory’.  To achieve this, initially, each side will create several activities, such as promotion of academic exchanges, assistance in contributing manpower to support DESY in Array Control and Data Acquisition Work Package and so forth as a pavement to the full membership of CTA by NARIT in the near future” remarks Prof. Boonrucksar.