JULY 2011 - LHC already reaches its collisions goals for 2011

In the first half of 2011 LHC has delivered more than one fb-1 (inverse femtobarn) of integrated luminosity to the experiments. One inverse femtobarn corresponds to approximately 70 million million collisions. In fact, LHC crossed the one inverse femtobarn goal set in 2010 for the whole 2011 run on June 16th, just three months since the beginning of this year's run. This shows the excellent performance of the accelerator and brings nearer the moment when new physics may show up. Read more on the CERN press release.

JUNE 2011 - Electron neutrino appearance at T2K

The T2K experiment, whose primary purpose is to study neutrino interactions at a large distance from their source, has detected 6 electron neutrino candidate events based on the data collected before March 11, 2011. For the first time, it was possible to observe an indication that muon neutrinos are able to transform into electron neutrinos over a distance of 295 km through the quantum mechanical phenomena of neutrino flavor oscillations.

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NOVEMBER 2011 - IFAE among the top ten Catalan research institutes

From La Vanguardia, November 17th 2010:

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APRIL 2011 - First W boson candidate event in ATLAS

First W boson candidate event in ATLAS First candidate for an event with a W boson decaying to muon + neutrino seen in 7 TeV collision data.

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APRIL 2010 - First source discovered with MAGIC II

The MAGIC Collaboration reports the discovery of VHE gamma-ray emission from the new source MAGIC J0317+413. The source was in the field of view of the MAGIC telescopes between October 2009 and February 2010.

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FEBRUARY 2010 - First Super-K beam neutrino candidate

Physicists from the Japanese-led multi-national T2K neutrino collaboration announce on February 24th that he first beam neutrino event candidate has been observed. It is a clear 3-ring Fully Contained event in the fiducial volume.

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JANUARY 2010 - European research council award

The European Research Council awarded an Advanced Grant to the project "Voxel Imaging PET Pathfinder" presented in 2009 by IFAE Research Professor Mokhtar Chmeissani.

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DECEMBER 2009 - First neutrinos at the T2K on-axis near detector

Physicists from the Japanese-led multi-national T2K neutrino collaboration announced on November 24th that over the weekend they detected the first events generated by their newly built neutrino beam at the J-PARC accelerator laboratoy in Tokai, Japan.

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DECEMBER 2009 - First collision event in ATLAS

ATLAS recorded on Monday, November 23rd, the first few hundred candidate collision events. Below a picture of the first selected candidate event from the online event scanning.

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