Qilimanjaro Quantum Tech, the spin-off of the UB, the BSC and the IFAE, pioneers quantum computing in Europe

A team of researchers led by Prof. José Ignacio Latorre (UB), and including Dr. Pol Forn Díaz (IFAE), and Dr. Artur Garcia, (BSC), have created Qilimanjaro Quantum Tech SL, a spin-off of the University of Barcelona, the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, and the Institut de Física d'Altes Energies

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Astrophysicists measure the expansion of the Universe across 11,000 million years

The Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) publishes a comprehensive analysis of the largest three-dimensional map of the Universe ever created, which fills the most significant voids of our exploration on the history of cosmos.

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Cosmic Cataclysm allows precise test of General Relativity

In 2019, the MAGIC telescopes detected the first Gamma Ray Burst at very high energies [1, 2]. This was the most intense gamma-radiation ever obtained from such a cosmic object. But the GRB data have more to offer: with further analyses, the MAGIC scientists could now confirm that the speed of light is constant in vacuum – and not dependent on energy. So, like many other tests, GRB data also corroborate Einstein's theory of General Relativity. The study has now been published in Physical Review Letters [3].

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Euclid space telescope's Near-Infrared instrument ready to draw a 3-D map of galaxies of the distant Universe

ESA's Euclid mission to study more than a billion galaxies is a step closer to launch as its two instruments are now built and fully tested, including the complex near Near-Infrared Spectrometer and Photometer (NISP) instrument delivered by an international consortium coordinated by France, with partners from Italy, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Norway, and the United States.

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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.

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