Dr Rafael Alves Batista

Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Physics


Dr Alves Batista's research interests are in ultra-high energy cosmic rays, gamma rays and neutrinos, cosmic magnetic fields and dark matter. He is also interested in physics and astronomy education, and the philosophy of physics. He is currently working on the "Consolidation of Fine-Tuning" project at Oxford. Broadly speaking, “fine-tuning” is the idea that the laws of physics are such that small changes in fundamental constants or particle masses might render life impossible. He also works in the search for the highest energy particles in the universe, the ultra-high energy cosmic rays, and is interested in understanding the origin and evolution of magnetic fields in the universe.


  • Cosmic rays
  • Gamma rays
  • Neutrinos
  • Cosmic magnetic fields
  • Astrobiology
  • Dark matter
  • Cosmology
  • The concept of "fine-tuning" in physics


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