VATLY is the name of an astrophysics cosmic ray 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 Auger 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.

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. The strong support that we enjoy from the international Pierre Auger Collaboration provided the framework in which it has been possible for us to grow up.


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, Pham Ngoc Dong, Nguyen Van Hiep, Do Thi Hoai, Pham Thi Tuyet Nhung, Pierre Darriulat and Nguyen Thi Thao



Last updated May 16th, 2012