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Virgo and LIGO spot a mystery object merging with a black hole

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CTA Prototype LST-1 Detects Very High-Energy Emission from the Crab Pulsar

During eight observation nights between January and February 2020, the prototype Large-Sized Telescope (LST), the LST-1, observed the Crab Pulsar, the neutron star at the centre of the Crab Nebula. The telescope, which is being commissioned on the CTA-North site on the island of La Palma in the Canary Islands, was conducting engineering runs to verify the telescope performance and adjust operating parameters.

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T2K Results Restrict Possible Values of Neutrino CP Phase

The results published in Nature are a major step forward in the study of the difference between matter and antimatter

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PIC's computing resources at the service of COVID-19 research

The Port d'Informació Científica (PIC), a research facility created by IFAE and CIEMAT to support scientific groups that require lots of computing for processing data, is putting its computing capacitiy at the service of the COVID-19 research.

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IFAE coordinates the FET-Open project AVaQus to develop new quantum computing technologies based on quantum annealing

  • AVaQus aims at a radical upgrade of present quantum annealing technology by engineering novel superconducting quantum circuits beyond the state-of-the-art.
  • Quantum annealers have a transformative potential as an alternative to universal gate-based quantum computers, which are the focus of most current quantum computing research.
  • These devices might eventually be able to perform quantum computation and simulation to solve real-life problems such as scheduling, optimization, navigation, quantum chemistry, among many others.

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IFAE donates protection equipment and puts its 3D printers to the service of coronavirus fight

IFAE has donated its stock of clean-room protection equipment to the UAB-related hospitals (St. Pau, Vall d'Hebró, Parc Taulí, Germans Tries i Pujol, among others). In total, almost 2000 items including masks, gloves, and booties. This initiative was coordinated by the UAB managed by the Technical Division team at IFAE.

 

On another front, the IFAE 3D printers are now being used for manufacturing 3D printed components for masks, door handles, and other pieces for respirators and other medical equipment for coronavirus fight. This initiative is done in coordination with LEITAT and Parc Taulí. The work is done at the home of IFAE engineer Juli Mundet, where the 3D printers have been moved due to the closure of IFAE, and the pieces delivered to Parc Tauli in Sabadell regularly.

Breaking the limits: discovery of the highest-energy photons from a gamma-ray burst


Gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) are brief and extremely powerful cosmic explosions, suddenly appearing in the sky, about once per day. They are thought to result from the collapse of massive stars or the merging of neutron stars in distant galaxies. They commence with an initial, very bright flash, called the prompt emission, with a duration ranging from a fraction of a second to hundreds of seconds. The prompt emission is accompanied by the so-called afterglow, a less brighter but longer-lasting emission over a broad range of wavelengths that fades with time. The first GRB detected by the MAGIC telescopes, known as GRB 190114C, reveals for the first time the highest energy photons measured from these objects.

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DESI Opens Its 5,000 Eyes to Capture the Colors of the Cosmos

The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI), a new instrument designed to accurately map the Universe, begins its final testing stage.

Researchers from the Institut de Física d'Altes Energies (IFAE), the Institute of Space Science (ICE, CSIC), the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC), the Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (CIEMAT) and the Instituto de Física Teórica (IFT, UAM-CSIC) participate in the project.

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The CDF and D0 collaborations awarded the 2019 High Energy and Particle Physics Prize

The European Physical Society has announced that the CDF and D0 collaborations have been awarded the 2019 High Energy and Particle Physics Prize for "the discovery of the top quark and the detailed measurement of its properties".

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Virgo and LIGO join forces for a new year-long signal hunt

The Virgo and LIGO detectors are ready to start the new Observing run called O3, lasting a whole year. The hunt for gravitational waves is set to start on April 1st when the European Virgo detector, based in Italy at the European Gravitational Observatory (EGO), and the LIGO twin detectors, located in the state of Washington and Louisiana (USA), will start to take data becoming together the most sensitive gravitational wave observatory to date. During a one-year period, the LIGO and Virgo Collaborations will register science data continuously, and the three detectors will operate as a global observatory.

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