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L'Institut de Física d'Altes Energies celebra el seu 25è aniversari

L'Institut de Física d'Altes Energies (IFAE), consorci de la Generalitat de Catalunya i la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, celebra els 25 anys de la seva fundació. La celebració va tenir lloc el passat divendres 7 de Juliol, amb la participació de la secretària d'Estat de Recerca, Desenvolupament i Innovació, Carmen Vela; el secretari d'Universitats i Recerca de la Generalitat de Catalunya, Arcadi Navarro; el Vicerector d'Innovació i Projectes Estratègics de la UAB, Francisco Javier Lafuente; i el president del Patronat del Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology, Andreu Mas-Colell.

La ponència principal va ser a càrrec del professor Hitoshi Murayama, director del Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe a la Universitat de Tòquio i MacAdams Professor de Física a la Universitat de Califòrnia a Berkeley. També van participar l'actual director de l'IFAE, Ramon Miquel, així com el director fundador, Enrique Fernández, l'instigador principal de la creació de l'IFAE, Ramon Pascual, l'ex-director Matteo Cavalli-Sforza, i el director científic del programa Severo Ochoa, Manel Martínez. Tots ells van aportar una visió del passat i el present de l'Institut de Física d'Altes Energies, i del seu paper en la recerca internacional en física fonamental.

L'IFAE: centre d'excel·lència en física fonamental

Des de fa 25 anys, l'Institut de Física d'Altes Energies explora les fronteres còsmiques i de les altes energies, per tal de resoldre les preguntes fonamentals sobre l'univers que encara no tenen resposta. Les línies de recerca principals, tant experimentals com teòriques, són la física de partícules, l'astrofísica d'altes energies i la cosmologia. L'IFAE participa en 9 col·laboracions internacionals en posicions de lideratge, ha obtingut en dues ocasions l'acreditació Severo Ochoa (2012 i 2016) i és membre del Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST).

La secretària d'Estat de Recerca, Desenvolupament i Innovació Carmen Vela va posar l'IFAE com a exemple del fet que, amb treball, esforç i passió, s'aconsegueix fer la millor ciència i contribuir a la millora de la societat. "Aquesta és una institució que ens permet estar orgullosos i que té assegurats 25 anys més d'excel·lents resultats", ha declarat.

La innovació tecnològica és present a l'IFAE en els projectes de física aplicada. L'IFAE desenvolupa nova instrumentació, com ara detectors o càmeres de telescopis, projectes d'aplicacions mèdiques, com nous sistemes d'imatge mèdica, i ofereix solucions de gestió massiva de dades a través del Port d'Informació Científica (PIC), que gestiona en col·laboració amb el CIEMAT.

El secretari d'Universitats i Recerca de la Generalitat de Catalunya Arcadi Navarro va mencionar els importants resultats aconseguits al llarg del quart de segle de trajectòria de l'IFAE i va recordar com, ja des dels seus començaments, l'IFAE va servir d'inspiració a l'ex-conseller Andreu Mas-Colell per estructurar els centres de recerca a Catalunya.

L'IFAE, atracció i generació de talent internacional

A la celebració van participar diverses persones que van treballar a l'IFAE i actualment desenvolupen la seva carrera professional en institucions i empreses internacionals, dins i fora del món acadèmic. Vicens Gaitan, per exemple, va obtenir el seu doctorat a l'IFAE i ara és científic en cap del Grup AIA, empresa internacional centrada en l'anàlisi massiva de dades; Lluís Miralles, va treballar a l'IFAE com a enginyer en diversos projectes i ara és cap d'un dels departaments del CERN. Gaëlle Boix va ser estudiant de doctorat a l'IFAE i ara és sòcia de la consultora Egon Zehnder. Aquests són alguns exemples de com l'IFAE ha estat una escola de professionals de primer nivell, i de les oportunitats de la física més enllà de la recerca.

 

    

 

 

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 http://girlsinscience.ifae.es/ 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 http://girlsinscience.ifae.es/

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. 

http://susy2018.ifae.es/

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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