SUSY 2018 will take place in Barcelona organized by IFAE

The International Conference on Supersymmetry and Unification of Fundamental Interactions (SUSY) is one of the world's largest international meetings devoted to new ideas in fundamental particle physics.

The 2018 edition will take place in July 23-28 in Barcelona. IFAE researchers Mario Martinez and Mariano Quirós are the chairs of the meeting.

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.

LHC experiments are back in business at a new record energy

Geneva, 3 June 2015. Today, CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) started delivering physics data for the first time in 27 months. After an almost two year shutdown and several months re-commissioning, the LHC is now providing collisions to all of its experiments at the unprecedented energy of 13 TeV, almost double the collision energy of its first run. This marks the start of season 2 at the LHC, opening the way to new discoveries. The LHC will now run round the clock for the next three years.

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CERN makes public first data of LHC experiments

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OCTOBER 2011 - End of 2011 LHC proton-proton run

October 30th marked the last day of the 2011 proton-proton run, ending a remarkable period from the data-taking point of view, with more than 5 fb-1 (inverse femtobarn) being delivered to the experiments. This is five times the goal of one fb-1, set at the beginning of the year  for the whole 2011 data taking period. After that a one-month operation period devoted to heavy-ion data-taking started, to complete the full physics program of the year.

JULY 2011 - LHC already reaches its collisions goals for 2011

In the first half of 2011 LHC has delivered more than one fb-1 (inverse femtobarn) of integrated luminosity to the experiments. One inverse femtobarn corresponds to approximately 70 million million collisions. In fact, LHC crossed the one inverse femtobarn goal set in 2010 for the whole 2011 run on June 16th, just three months since the beginning of this year's run. This shows the excellent performance of the accelerator and brings nearer the moment when new physics may show up. Read more on the CERN press release.

APRIL 2011 - First W boson candidate event in ATLAS

First W boson candidate event in ATLAS First candidate for an event with a W boson decaying to muon + neutrino seen in 7 TeV collision data.

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DECEMBER 2009 - First collision event in ATLAS

ATLAS recorded on Monday, November 23rd, the first few hundred candidate collision events. Below a picture of the first selected candidate event from the online event scanning.

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