VATLY is the name of an astrophysics laboratory located in Ha Noi (Viet Nam) in the premises of the Institute for Nuclear Science and Technology (INST), an institute of the Vietnam Atomic Energy Institute (VAEI).


VATLY means "physics" in Vietnamese but stands also for "Vietnam Astrophysics Training LaboratorY", an acronym that refers to its origin.

Vietnam underlines our determination to play a role - however modest it may be - in the development of fundamental research in the country and in the national effort to fight the heavy brain drain that Vietnam is suffering.

Astrophysics, was first Auger for the Pierre Auger Observatory, in Argentina, that studies cosmic rays at extreme energies and with which we have been associated from the beginning until the early 2010s. The strong support that we enjoyed from the international Pierre Auger Collaboration provided the framework in which it has been possible for us to grow up. Starting in 2010 we progressively shifted our interest from cosmic ray to radio astronomy and our conversion was completed.


Training is the main purpose of VATLY, training through research of young physicists from undergraduate to postdoc levels, requiring the establishment of close relations with the vietnamese universities and physics institutes.

And finally Laboratory describes precisely what we have built, with what this implies in terms of scientific environment, facilities and instrumentation.


Pham Tuan Anh, Pham Ngoc Diep, Do Thi Hoai, Pham Tuyet Nhung, Pierre Darriulat, Nguyen Thi Phuong and Nguyen Thi Thao

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Last updated May 22nd, 2014