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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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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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