Possible hints of New Physics found in a new joint analysis of data from LHCb and other experiments

• Global analysis of observables related to rare B decays measured in different experiments such as LHCb, Belle and preliminary results from ATLAS and CMS shows a discrepancy with the Standard Model at five standard deviations.

• Some analyzed observables are designed to test an important property of the Standard model called lepton-flavor universality. The discrepancy found in the analysis challenges this universality.

• The discrepancy between the results and the Standard Model predictions points to possible New Physics. Two possible model candidates include the existence of a new fundamental particle such as a Z' or a leptoquark.

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IFAE obtains the Severo Ochoa award renewal for 4 more years

  • The award recognizes excellent research centres that stand out for their scientific impact and the international relevance of their results.
  • IFAE initially obtained the recognition in 2012, the renewal is for the period 2017-2020.

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IFAE joins the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST)

  • The Observational Cosmology group at the Institut de Física d'Altes Energies (IFAE) has joined the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) project, together with ICE (IEEC-CSIC), CIEMAT and IFT/UAM, in what is known as the Barcelona-Madrid Group.
  • IFAE is joining LSST's Dark Energy Science Collaboration (DESC) to contribute in dark matter and dark energy research.
  • The LSST is currently under construction and full operations are expected to start in 2023.

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Workshops for the International day of women and girls at IFAE

The international day of women and girls in science is February 11. This day was declared as such by the United Nations in order to increase global efforts in providing equal opportunities for women and girls in science and in encouraging their participation in scientific careers or endeavours. These efforts are vital for achieving international development goals and pushing the boundaries of scientific research ever further.

IFAE has created a webpage to celebrate the 2017 international day of women and girls in science and is organizing two educational workshops to introduce high-school students to the hot topics in high-energy research

  • February 10th: CERN's International Physics Masterclass from 10am to 6pm
  • February 11th: High Energy Astrophysics masterclass based on the application Cazadores de Rayos Gamma from 10am to 1pm

Find more information and sign up for the workshops at

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.

New experimental results on the universal lepton flavour observable Q5

At the CKM 2016 conference in MUMBAI the Belle experiment has announced the first simultaneous measurement of P5'muon and P5'e, the two components of the universal lepton flavour observable Q5 proposed in May of this year in JHEP 1610 (2016) 075.

The results show a deviation with respect to the SM predictions that is not yet statistically significant (2.6 sigma for muons and 1.1 sigma for electrons) but coherent with other measurements of the muonic channel and with other observables pointing to the same type of asymmetry between muons and electrons.

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Signed Agreement on Hosting CTA's Northern Hemisphere Array in La Palma

On 19 September 2016, the Council of the Cherenkov Telescope Array Observatory (CTAO) concluded negotiations with the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC) to host CTA's northern hemisphere array at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory in La Palma, Spain.

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Photon counting CMOS chip developed at IFAE for the ERICA project

The project ERICA (Energy Resolving Line Camera) is aimed at developing a new x-ray camera for industrial applications with energy resolution. The project includes the development of a new photon counting CMOS specifically designed for this purpose.

The design and production of this pixel chip, based on TSMC 0.25um CMOS technology, has just been successfully completed. The packaging and mounting process of the ERICA sensor (this includes solder bump deposition, flip chip, pick and place, and wire-bonding) were done in situ by the IFAE team.

The chip is specifically designed for applications such as non-destructive quality control testing or security X-ray scanners in the airports.

The future plan is to put more than one ERICA sensors to form a 100mm line X-ray camera operating in synchronize with the moving belt and X-ray source to make a small X-ray inline scanner to test and evaluation.

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T2K presents first CP violation search result

The international T2K Collaboration announced today their findings on the symmetry between neutrino and antineutrino oscillation. With nearly twice the antineutrino data in 2016 compared to their initial results using antineutrino data in 2015, T2K has performed a new analysis of all data, fitting both neutrino and antineutrino modes simultaneously. Today’s announcement was made by Konosuke Iwamoto, of the University of Rochester, who presented the results at the 38th International Conference on High Energy Physics in Chicago. T2K’s new data continue the trends observed in 2015, which is a preference for maximal disappearance of muon neutrinos, as well as a discrepancy between the electron neutrino and electron antineutrino appearance rates.

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Andreu Mas-Colell takes over the presidency of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST)


The board of trustees of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST), a joint interdisciplinary scientific initiative comprising six of the most important research centres of Catalonia, has today agreed to nominate Andreu Mas-Colell, Professor of Economics at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, as president of the board of trustees, an unpaid post. The new president, states: ‘BIST brings together a scientific community of the first order and has enormous potential to strengthen other existing scientific initiatives. What is more, it is in an unbeatable location to attract and train scientists from around the world’.

The outgoing president, Rolf Tarrach, is standing down from the position after leading the institute’s first year of promotion and he will remain on the board of trustees, while the vice-president, Jaume Giró, director of the Caixa Foundation, will remain in post.

In addition, an agreement has been announced today with the Diputació de Barcelona for BIST to be housed on the Escola Industrial campus, as part of the Diputació’s commitment to transforming this into a research cluster. Mercè Conesa, President of the Diputació, stated that BIST’s move to the Escola Industrial ‘is one more link in the service change for technical and scientific progress that this building has historically been characterised by’, in addition to representing ‘a new impulse and scaling-up of the Escola Industrial to take on the challenges of the 21st century’.

Since its beginnings in the last quarter of 2015, The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology has held fifth place in the European research centre rankings – excluding universities – for the number of awards for excellence received from the European Research Council (ERC). The six member centres have received 61 of these since the programme started, more than 1% of the European total. As regards the list of publications, the centres that make up BIST have published a total of 280 articles from 1st January to 15th June 2016. More than 91% of these articles have been published in the leading journals of their respective subject categories.




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