PhD Courses

The Labex OCEVU organises a doctoral school. The first edition was in 2016 and will be reconducted every year.
This training program is approved by the doctoral schools of Marseille (ED352), Montpellier (EDI2S) and Toulouse (SDU2E).
3 lectures (10 hours each) will be proposed every year (1 per city) on major topics of OCEVU.
The students who register to this program must choose at least 2 lectures over 2 years (1 per year, or 2 the same year). OCEVU PhD students are strongly encouraged to attend these lectures. The travel expenses will be taken in charge by OCEVU (train ticket and 1 night for each lecture).
The number of attendees is limited to 15 for each course.

Cours 1 : The Gamma Ray Sky

    • Teachers: Peter VonBallmos & Luigi Tibaldo

    • Location: Toulouse- IRAP, 23-24 January 2018

Detailed program:

1) Scientific objectives for hard X-ray and nuclear gamma-ray astronomy

2) Coded aperture instruments and Compton telescopes for MeV astronomy

3) Focusing pn instruments for hard X-ray astronomy

4) Scientific objectives for gamma-ray astronomy above 100 MeV

5) Pair tracking gamma-ray telescopes

6) Ground based atmospheric shower detectors


Cours 2 : Flavour physics: first signs of life beyond the Standard Model at the LHC

    • Teachers: Aoife Bharucha, Julien Cogan, Justine Serrano

    • Location: Marseille- CPT/CPPM, 29-30 May 2018

Detailed program:

1) Flavour in the Standard Model and the CKM matrix

2) Introduction to effective field theory for B physics

3) Applications to (semi-) leptonic B decays

4) Status of heavy flavour experiments

5) Review of measurements exhibiting anomalies

6) Interpretation of the measured anomalies


Cours 3 : Renormalisation

    • Teachers: Gilbert Moultaka

    • Location: Montpellier- L2C, 10-11 May 2018

Detailed program:

1) Prelude:Quantum Field Theory in the Path Integral Formalism

2) Handling the ultra-violet divergences in the simplest case :

-interacting scalar field (λ φ⁴ theory)

-regularisations, renormalisation schemes & renormalisability

-the role of symmetries and generalisation to gauge theories*

3) The Renormalisation Group à la Stueckelberg-Petermann/Gell-Mann-Low:

-the renormalisation group equations

-meaning of the 'running' quantities and renormalisation scheme dependence

-the resummation theorem -multi-scale difficulties

-the case of the effective potential*

4) Coda: The Wilsonian approach


*(if time permits)



Cours 1 : Phenomenology of dark matter particles. Propagation, acceleration and sources of cosmic rays in our Galaxy, 10h

    • Teachers: Julien Lavalle, Alexandre Marcowith, Yves Gallant

    • Location: LUPM, Montpellier, 8-9 june 2017

Detailed program:


1) Dark matter: production and decoupling in the primordial universe

2) Dark matter: Direct and indirect searches

3) Phenomenology and distribution of cosmic rays

4) Acceleration and propagation of cosmic rays

5) Galactic sources of cosmic rays of cosmic rays

6) Pulsar nebulae and acceleration with relativistic collisions


Cours 2 : The inhomogeneous universe, 10h


    • Teachers : Christian Marinoni, Julien Bel

    • Location: CPT, Marseille, 15-16 may 2017

Detailed program:


  1. inflation and the origin of the cosmological perturbations

  2. density fluctuations : power spectrum and evolution

  3. Large scale structure of the universe


Cours 3 : Formation and evolution of galaxies inside large structures, 10 h


    • Teachers : Sylvain de la Torre, Matthieu Béthermin

    • Location : LAM, Marseille, 1-2 june 2017

Detailed program:


  1. the process of galaxy formation

  2. Galaxy evolution as seen in large surveys

  3. Galaxies and large structures : model

  4. Evolution and galaxy properties in relation with large scale structures

  5. Galaxies as cosmological probes



- Introduction to supersymmetry - Montpellier LUPM - April 11-12  
This lecture intends to give an introduction to supersymmetry. The first part of the lecture (given by C. Hugonie) will address the supersymmetric formalism : representations of the Poincaré and supersymmetric algebras, chiral and vectorial supermultiplets and finally the construction of the minimal supersymmetric model (the MSSM). The second part (given by F. Brümmer) will consist of an introduction to exact results in supersymmetric gauge theories. We will discuss the non-renormalisation theorem, gaugino condensation, the Affleck-Dine-Seiberg superpotential, and dynamical supersymmetry breaking.
- Galaxy formation- Toulouse IRAP -  May 19-20
This lecture given by A. Cattaneo intends to make an overview of theories of galaxy formation.  The first part will address the process of galaxy formation 'without stars' with the growth of primordial density fluctuations and a description of the different numerical simulations. The second part of the lecture will describe the process of star formation inside galaxies, including stellar evolution, feedbacks, the origin of the Hubble sequence and the evolution of galaxies.
- Gamma-ray astronomy - Marseille CPPM - May 23-24 
This lecture will provide an introduction to  Gamma-ray astronomy. In a first part of 5 hours, dedicated to sources of gamma-rays  ranging from O(100MeV) to TeV , we will describe the  mechanisms responsible for the acceleration of the primary particles and the production of HE and VHE gamma rays,  in several configurations. The 2 examples of supernova remnants interacting with molecular clouds, and of pulsar wind nebulae,  will be used to illustrate these phenomena.
The second part will be a presentation of detection systems (satellites, ground observatories) and of data analysis methods used  in gamma-ray astronomy to model  the physical processes in play within the sources. We will also explain the importance of taking into account other wavelengths such as X-rays and radio emission, in order to constrain more effectively the modeling of sources.
Contact: Véronique Buat, coodinator of the OCEVU training working group, veronique.buat(at)