Dr. Alison Mitchell

Dr. Alison Mitchell

Physics Insitute
Chair of Physics

Room: Room 02.038
Nikolaus-Fiebiger-Str. 2
91058 Erlangen


I’m a researcher working in gamma-ray astronomy, a branch of the wider field of high energy astrophysics. The theme underlying my research interests is the quest to understand the nature and origin of the energetic cosmic rays permeating our universe and continuously bombarding Earth.

I am leading a DFG-funded Emmy Noether group at ECAP focussed on: Unveiling the Origin of Galactic Cosmic Rays: Exploring Pulsar Environments at the Highest Energies.


since October 2021 – Junior research group leader at ECAP, FAU
2021 – Postdoctoral researcher at ETH Zurich
2018 – 2020 – Postdoctoral researcher at University of Zurich
2016 – 2018 Assistant Project Scientist for CTAO, gGmbH (67%)
2016 – 2018 Postdoctoral researcher at MPI Nuclear Physics, Heidelberg (33%)

2013 – 2016 PhD from the University of Heidelberg, IMPRS-HD, Max-Planck-Institute for Nuclear Physics: Dissertation

2008 – 2013 Undergraduate studies at the University of Warwick, UK

Research Interests

  • Gamma-ray Astronomy : with Imaging Atmospheric Cherenkov Telescopes & Particle Detectors
  • Extensive Air Showers : properties of muons
  • Pulsar Wind Nebulae & Pulsar Halos
  • Galactic Novae
  • Gamma-ray data analysis and calibration techniques

Selected Publications