IFAE coordinates the FET-Open project AVaQus to develop new quantum computing technologies based on quantum annealing

  • AVaQus aims at a radical upgrade of present quantum annealing technology by engineering novel superconducting quantum circuits beyond the state-of-the-art.
  • Quantum annealers have a transformative potential as an alternative to universal gate-based quantum computers, which are the focus of most current quantum computing research.
  • These devices might eventually be able to perform quantum computation and simulation to solve real-life problems such as scheduling, optimization, navigation, quantum chemistry, among many others.

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IFAE donates protection equipment and puts its 3D printers to the service of coronavirus fight

IFAE has donated its stock of clean-room protection equipment to the UAB-related hospitals (St. Pau, Vall d'Hebró, Parc Taulí, Germans Tries i Pujol, among others). In total, almost 2000 items including masks, gloves, and booties. This initiative was coordinated by the UAB managed by the Technical Division team at IFAE.


On another front, the IFAE 3D printers are now being used for manufacturing 3D printed components for masks, door handles, and other pieces for respirators and other medical equipment for coronavirus fight. This initiative is done in coordination with LEITAT and Parc Taulí. The work is done at the home of IFAE engineer Juli Mundet, where the 3D printers have been moved due to the closure of IFAE, and the pieces delivered to Parc Tauli in Sabadell regularly.

Breaking the limits: discovery of the highest-energy photons from a gamma-ray burst

Gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) are brief and extremely powerful cosmic explosions, suddenly appearing in the sky, about once per day. They are thought to result from the collapse of massive stars or the merging of neutron stars in distant galaxies. They commence with an initial, very bright flash, called the prompt emission, with a duration ranging from a fraction of a second to hundreds of seconds. The prompt emission is accompanied by the so-called afterglow, a less brighter but longer-lasting emission over a broad range of wavelengths that fades with time. The first GRB detected by the MAGIC telescopes, known as GRB 190114C, reveals for the first time the highest energy photons measured from these objects.

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DESI Opens Its 5,000 Eyes to Capture the Colors of the Cosmos

The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI), a new instrument designed to accurately map the Universe, begins its final testing stage.

Researchers from the Institut de Física d'Altes Energies (IFAE), the Institute of Space Science (ICE, CSIC), the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC), the Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (CIEMAT) and the Instituto de Física Teórica (IFT, UAM-CSIC) participate in the project.

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The CDF and D0 collaborations awarded the 2019 High Energy and Particle Physics Prize

The European Physical Society has announced that the CDF and D0 collaborations have been awarded the 2019 High Energy and Particle Physics Prize for "the discovery of the top quark and the detailed measurement of its properties".

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Virgo and LIGO join forces for a new year-long signal hunt

The Virgo and LIGO detectors are ready to start the new Observing run called O3, lasting a whole year. The hunt for gravitational waves is set to start on April 1st when the European Virgo detector, based in Italy at the European Gravitational Observatory (EGO), and the LIGO twin detectors, located in the state of Washington and Louisiana (USA), will start to take data becoming together the most sensitive gravitational wave observatory to date. During a one-year period, the LIGO and Virgo Collaborations will register science data continuously, and the three detectors will operate as a global observatory.

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Link to the press release in Spanish

Dark Energy Survey completes six-year mission

After scanning in depth about a quarter of the southern skies for six years and cataloguing hundreds of millions of distant galaxies, the Dark Energy Survey (DES) finishes taking data on Jan. 9.

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Final Agreements Signed for CTA's Southern Hemisphere Site in Chile

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LIGO and Virgo Announce Four New Gravitational-Wave Detections

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IFAE joins the VIRGO collaboration

The detection of Gravitational Waves (GWs) from a black hole (BH) binary merger by LIGO in 2015 is a milestone that represents the beginning of a new era in the exploration of the universe. Shortly after the addition of the VIRGO antenna into the network lead to the detection of the neutron star (NS) binary merger that could be followed in electromagnetic signals, and thus represents the beginning of multi-messenger astronomy. These events have radically changed the stage for several areas of physics, from astrophysics to particle physics.

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