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International Workshop on Radiation Imaging Detectors 2016

The International Workshops on Radiation Imaging Detectors are held yearly and provide an international forum for discussing current research and developments in the area of position sensitive detectors for radiation imaging, including semiconductor, gas and scintillator-based detectors. Topics include processing and characterization of detector materials, hybridization and interconnect technologies, design of counting or integrating electronics, readout and data acquisition systems, and applications in various scientific and industrial fields. The workshop will have plenary sessions with invited and contributed papers presented orally and in poster sessions. The invited talks will be chosen to review recent advances in different areas covered in the workshop.

IWORID 2016 will take place in Barcelona from Sunday July 3rd until Thursday July 7th.

The local organising committee is formed by IFAE reaserchers Mokhtar Chmeissani and Thorsten Lux, Manuel Lozano from CNM and Victor Sanchez from x-Ray Imatek.

Find more information in the iWoRiD website.

This event is supported by MINECO under the Programa Acciones de Dinamización 2015

The PAU camera is now fully commissioned and ready to be offered as a visitor instrument

 

 

 

The PAU Camera saw first light in June 2015 and has successfully completed two observation periods in November 2015 and April 2016, starting its Science Survey programme. Over 5000 science exposures have been taken, covering about 1.5 deg2 of the sky using the full set of 40 narrow band filters and up to 5 deg2 with a subset of them.  This area is equivalent to about 500 deg2 area with single band and single exposures taken in 9 nights of good weather. The current PAU dataset has been reduced, calibrated and matched to deeper overlapping samples in about 1 day of real time. The result is about 75000 complete PAU low resolution spectra to iAB<23mag. The data reduction resulted in over 5 Terabytes and  71 million object measurements and was performed in record time using the PIC infrastructure and a preliminary PAUcam community pipeline. The figure shows an example comparison of some PAU calibrated spectra (taken in April 2016) with public galaxy and star SDSS spectra, with no adjustments.

The PAU Survey aims to cover 100 deg2 providing spectral information in fields where deep weak gravitational lensing data are available. This will result in new spectra for several million galaxies up to iAB<23 mag. Other science studies can be done with this camera which has the capability to determining SED for all objects in a large field of view.

PAUcam can also be used for Broad Band imaging with ugrizY on 18 4Kx2K red-sensitive fully depleted CCD's of 15 μm with a ~1 deg2 FoV (with vignetting outside the central 40 arcmin diameter).

The PAUcam system has also evolved to become more user friendly and able to be operated by other astronomers from the ING community. With the commissioning of the Autoguider at the beginning of April 2016 the camera is now fully commissioned.

Detailed information on the camera performance and how to prepare for observation periods with PAUCam can be found at pausurvery.org.

 

 

 

España y Japón acuerdan la instalación de cuatro nuevos telescopios en la isla de La Palma

  • Los instrumentos formarán parte de la futura Red de Telescopios Cherenkov – Hemisferio Norte (CTA-Norte) en el Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos.

La secretaria de Estado de I+D+i, Carmen Vela, ha presidido junto al viceministro de Educación, Cultura, Deporte, Ciencia y Tecnología japonés, Tsutomu Tomioka, la firma del acuerdo de colaboración para la instalación y operación de cuatro telescopios Cherenkov en el Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos, en la isla de La Palma. El acuerdo ha sido firmado en Tokio por Rafael Rebolo, director del Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), y Takaaki Kajita, director del Instituto de Investigación de Rayos Cósmicos de la Universidad de Tokio (ICRR, por sus siglas en inglés). Ha contado también con la presencia de dos miembros del IFAE: Manel Martínez, coordinador de CTA España, y Juan Cortina, coinvestigador principal del LST.

Los cuatro telescopios Cherenkov, de 23 metros de diámetro, denominados Large Size Telescopes (LST, por sus siglas en inglés), permitirán la observación de rayos gamma de alta energía y fenómenos asociados con la materia oscura. Estos telescopios serán los más grandes del Observatorio CTA-Norte que España acogerá en La Palma y juntos formarán la parte central de la infraestructura, alrededor de los cuales se instalarán otros 15 de 12 metros de diámetro, denominados MST.

Los telescopios LST están diseñados por investigadores y tecnólogos de universidades y centros de investigación internacionales (Japón, Italia, Francia, Alemania, Brasil, India, Suecia y Croacia) en colaboración con grupos de investigación españoles de la Universidad de Barcelona, del Instituto de Física de Altas Energías (IFAE), del Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (CIEMAT), de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid, de la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, del Instituto de Ciencias del Espacio de la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, de la Universidad de Jaén y del IAC.

Esta nueva infraestructura científica internacional multiplicará por diez la capacidad de los instrumentos actuales, lo que permitirá abordar una nueva visión del Universo, más allá de la óptica, aportando datos impredecibles y actualmente desconocidos sobre energías cósmicas, agujeros negros y supernovas. En virtud del acuerdo, el IAC instalará y participará en el desarrollo y operación de los cuatro telescopios y garantizará el derecho a uso de las instalaciones por parte de la comunidad científica, renovando su validez automáticamente durante cada año tras un periodo inicial de diez.

Javier Montejo receives the ATLAS Thesis Award

Javier Montejo, now a CERN fellow, has received the ATLAS Thesis award for his thesis done at IFAE under the supervision of Aurelio Juste. Javier is the first student at IFAE that has been awarded with this prize.

The title of his work is: "Search for new physics in ttbar final states with additional heavy-flavor jets with the ATLAS detector" and he defended it on June 2015. In a few words, Javier's dissertation presents three analyses that address the instability of the Higgs mass from different perspectives and that constitute the most sensitive searches to date in their respective channels. He has also contributed to the performance of the ATLAS hadronic calorimeter.

The ATLAS Thesis Awards started in 2010 and recognize young postdoctoral candidates who have contributed to the experiment in all areas, in the context of a PhD thesis. A committee judges candidates on their work in all areas of ATLAS. Only 5 awards are given every year among more than 100 theses.

The ATLAS Thesis Prize Awardees received their recognition during the last ATLAS Week.

Also during the ATLAS week, Silvia Fracchia, PhD student at the IFAE-ATLAS group, received a recognition for the ATLAS PhD Grant she was awarded on 2014.

Euclid dark Universe mission ready to take shape

  • Euclid, ESA's dark Universe mission, has passed its preliminary design review.
  • IFAE participates in the NISP Filter Wheel Assembly, in simulation and scinec eperformance studies.

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Breakthrough Prize for Fundamental Physics for the T2K collaboration and other neutrino experiments

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Neutrino oscillations win the 2015 Nobel Prize of Physics

The prize goes to Takaaki Kajita of the University of Tokyo and Arthur B. McDonald of Queen's University in Canada for their work on the Super-Kamiokande and SNO experiments.

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 Mario Martinez appointed as the manager of the spanish National Program of particle physics

IFAE's Researcher and Head of the Experimental Division Mario Martínez is the new manager of the Spanish Programa Nacional de Física de Partículas which includes the scientific areas of particle physics, astroparticle and nuclear physics. The appointment begins from July 2015 for a period of three years.

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Martine Bosman has been awarded with the Narcís Monturiol medal granted by the Generalitat de Catalunya

The award distinguishes researchers and institutions that have contributed to the scientific and technological development of Catalunya.

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Observan la aparición de 3 anti-neutrinos de tipo electrón en el experimento T2K de Japón

• Esta nueva medida se añade a una serie de observaciones hechas por el experimento T2K en la búsqueda de la clave para resolver el enigma de la ausencia de antimateria en el Universo

• Dos institutos españoles, el IFAE de Barcelona y el IFIC de Valencia, participan en el hallazgo

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