Dark Energy Survey makes public catalog of nearly 700 million astronomical objects

The international collaboration, which includes researchers from the Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (CIEMAT), the Institut de Ciències de l'Espai (IEEC-CSIC), the Institut de Física d'Altes Energies (IFAE), and the Instituto de Física Teórica (UAM-CSIC), launches a massive public collection of astronomical data and calibrated images, the result of six years of observations. This data publication is one of the largest astronomical catalogs published to date.

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Deep Detection, new IFAE spin-off that offers new industrial inspection solutions combining X-ray detection and artificial intelligence

  • The first applications of the technology focus on the food security sector.
  • The spin-off was created in the framework of the Mobile World Capital The Collider (MWC)

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Over 100 black holes detected by Virgo and LIGO in the first run of 2019

The classification and definitive analysis of the 39 events detected by Virgo and LIGO in the third observation period (which ran from April to October 2019) was published today on the ArXiv online archive. Most of these are black hole mergers, the characteristics of which, however, question some established astrophysical models and open up new scenarios. A likely merger of neutron stars and two probable 'mixed' neutron star-black hole systems were also detected in the same period.

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IFAE form part of the new quantum technologies hub, QuantumCAT

A consortium of research institutes and industry partners in Catalonia join forces to develop the Quantum Technologies Hub. IFAE participates in the consortium, Pol Forn-Diaz coordinates de Quantum Computing project: "Quantum Computing Software & Hardware enabling Quantum computing in the cloud accessible to everyone"

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Proposal to include the Einstein Telescope in the ESFRI roadmap presented

The proposal to include the Einstein Telescope, a pioneering third-generation gravitational-wave (GW) observatory, in the 2021 update of the European Strategic Forum for Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) roadmap has been submitted. The ESFRI roadmap describes the future major research infrastructures in Europe.

The conceptual design of the Einstein Telescope has been supported by a grant of the European Commission. Now a consortium of European countries and of research institutions and universities in Europe has officially submitted the proposal for the realisation of such an infrastructure with the political support of five European countries, Belgium, Poland, Spain and The Netherlands, led by Italy. The European Gravitational Observatory (EGO) in Italy constitutes its transitional headquarters. The ET consortium brings together about 40 research institutions and universities in several European countries, including also France, Germany, Hungary, Norway, Switzerland and United Kingdom.

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Virgo and LIGO unveil new and unexpected black hole populations

Virgo and LIGO have announced the detection of an extraordinarily massive merging binary system: two black holes of 66 and 85 solar masses, which generated a final black hole of around 142 solar masses. The remnant black hole is the most massive ever detected with gravitational waves. It lies in a range of mass within which a black hole has never before been observed, either via gravitational waves or electromagnetic observations, and may help to explain the formation of supermassive black holes. Furthermore, the two initial black holes, if they arose from stars, lie in a mass range within which their presence is considered, in theory, impossible, and may therefore help to improve our understanding of the final stages of the lives of massive stars.

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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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