NewCompStar - Exploring fundamental physics with compact stars


Compact stars, such as neutron stars, strange stars or hybrid stars, are unique laboratories that allow us to probe the building blocks of matter and their interactions at regimes that terrestrial laboratories cannot explore. These exceptional objects have already led to breakthrough discoveries in nuclear and subnuclear physics, QCD, general relativity and high-energy astrophysics. The upcoming generation of observatories and gravitational-wave detectors will continue to nurture innovative and fundamental discoveries complementary to those achieved through the nuclear and subnuclear experimental facilities. This Action will bring together the leading experts in astrophysics, nuclear physics and gravitational physics to address this fascinating but challenging research area through an interdisciplinary approach. In addition to an innovative and well-defined research agenda, the network will provide a dedicated training program for a new generation of scientists with wide-ranging expertise and multiple skills oriented also towards knowledge transfer and innovation.

Project details

Action member: Alessandro Drago

 Funding source: COST

Start date 25/11/2013 - end date 24/11/2017


  • Goethe University, Germany - Chair
  • Technische Universität Wien, Austria
  • Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
  • Sofia University, Bulgaria
  • UFaculty of Science of University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • Astronomical Institute Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
  • Aarhus University, Denmark
  • University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • University of Helsinki, Finland
  • University of Turku, Finland
  • Institut de physique nucléaire et de physique des particules, France
  • Observatoire de Paris LUTH, France
  • J. W. Goethe University, Germany
  • Eberhard Karls University of Tuebingen, Germany
  • Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Wigner Research Centre for Physics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary
  • University of Iceland, Iceland
  • Dublin City University, Ireland
  • University College Cork, Ireland
  • The Open University of Israel, Israel
  • The hebrew University, Israele
  • Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy
  • University of Ferrara, Italy
  • Sapienza, Universita' di Roma, Italy
  • University of Malta, Malta
  • Institut d'Estudies Espacials de Catalunya Fundacion - Institut de Ciencies del Cosmos, Spain
  • University of Bergen, Norway
  • University of Oslo, Norway
  • Instytut Fizyki Teoretycznej,  Poland
  • Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center, Poland
  • Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), Italy
  • National Institute of Physics and Nuclear Engineering, Romania
  • University of Bucharest, Romania
  • Astronomical Observatory, Serbia
  • Matej Bel University, Slovakia
  • University of Nova Gorica, Slovenia
  • University of Salamanca, Spain
  • University of Alicante, Spain
  • Stockholm University, Sweden
  • University of Basel, Switzerland
  • Istanbul Technical University, Turkey
  • University of Surrey, United Kingdom
  • University of Southampton, United Kingdom
  • Institute for Theoretical Physics, Austria
  • Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria
  • Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
  • CEA Saclay - Service d'Astrophysique, France
  • LPC/ENSICAEN, France
  • Anton Pannekoek Astronomical Institute, Netherlands
  • NTNU, Norway
  • University of Wroclaw, Poland
  • University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • IFIN-HH, Romania
  • Vinca Institute of Nuclear Sciences, Serbia
  • Universitat de Valencia, Spain
  • Ioffe Physical Technical Institute, Russia
  • Yerevan State University, Armenia
  • Joint Institute for Nuclear Research BLTP,JINR, Russia
  • Kent State University, United States
  • University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Monash University, Australia
  • National Research Nuclear University (MEPhI), Russia
  • Sternberg Astronomical Institute, Russia