The MAGIC telescopes detect vampire star nuclear explosion
April 14, 2022
Researchers from the MAGIC collaboration, have detected very high-energy gamma rays from a recurrent nova in the Milky Way. The results of these observations and the new discoveries about these stellar explosions have been published on April 14 in an article in the journal Nature Astronomy.
Moon’s orbit proposed as a gravitational wave detector
March 17, 2022
IFAE Theory Group member Diego Blas, in collaboration with Alexander Jenkins from UCL, propose using the variations in distance between the Earth and the Moon, which can be measured with a precision of less than a centimeter, as a new gravitational wave detector within a frequency range that current devices cannot detect. The research, which could pave the way for the detection of signals from the early universe, was published recently in Physical Review Letters.
ERC Consolidator Grant awarded to Andreu Font Ribera
March 17, 2022
Andreu Font Ribera, researcher in the Observational Cosmology Group at IFAE, has been awarded the prestigious “Consolidator Grant” from the European Research Council (ERC). The project COSMO-LYA will allow Andreu and his team to use a large dataset of distant quasars to study some of the mysteries of our Universe: dark energy, inflation, and the mass of neutrinos.
PIC enters the ICTS map
March 15, 2022
The Port of Scientific Information (PIC) is included in the new map of the Singular Scientific and Technical Infrastructures (ICTS) of Spain, as a node of the Spanish Supercomputing Network (RES). This milestone will open up new avenues for establishing collaborations with research groups facing data analysis challenges.
Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) Creates Largest 3-D Map of the Cosmos
January 13, 2022
DESI has already mapped out more galaxies than all previous 3-D surveys combined — and it’s just getting started. Several Spanish institutions participate in the project: IFAE, ICE-CSIC, ICCUB, CIEMAT and IFT/UAM.
Deep Detection raises 1M€ in funding for X-ray inspection technology
November 22, 2021
The IFAE's spin-off Deep Detection has secured the investment from specialist photonics VC Vigo Ventures, Clave Capital, ESOM, and public financing. Founded in July 2020, Deep Detection is preparing to launch its first product, PhotonAI, an X-ray camera with deep learning capabilities.
35 new spacetime quakes detected by Virgo and LIGO
November 8, 2021
35 new events detected by LIGO and Virgo in their latest observation period bring to 90 the gravitational waves detected so far. The dataset, published today outlines the features of new populations of black holes, the masses of which, together with those of the observed neutron stars, provide clues about how stars live and die, further broadening the horizons of gravitational astronomy.
Einstein Telescope approved for ESFRI Roadmap 2021
July 1, 2021
The European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) has included the Einstein Telescope (ET) in the 2021 upgrade of its roadmap. This confirms the relevance of this major international project for a next generation gravitational waves observatory. IFAE researcher Mario Martínez is a member of the Einstein Telescope Steering Committee that prepared the ESFRI candidature.
First observations of ‘mixed’ black hole and neutron star pairs
June 29, 2021
The Virgo, LIGO and KAGRA scientific collaborations today announced the first observation ever of binary systems consisting of a neutron star (NS) and a black hole (BH). The existence of these systems was predicted by astronomers several decades ago, but they had never been observed with confidence, either through electromagnetic or gravitational signals, until now.