Scientific Activities

in 2017


During 2017 the Experimental Division’s activities focused on 10 main projects, most of them long-term efforts. These projects span the fields of High Energy Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology, and include the development of detectors for Medical Imaging applications as well as related instrumentation projects.


HIGH Energy Physics

1. ATLAS, at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) of CERN

During 2017 The IFAE group has remained strongly involved in both detector operations and physics analyses. In particular, a large number of high-profile physics results were produced using Run 2 data. The group has also maintained its visibility within the ATLAS Collaboration through a number of important management positions.

2. ATLAS upgrades

During 2017 the Pixel group achieved two important milestones: 3D pixel sensor became the baseline for the innermost ATLAS ITk Pixel detector and the LGAD sensor technology was selected for the HGTD detector.

3. T2K, a neutrino long base-line experiment in Japan.

During 2017 the international T2K Collaboration strengthened its previous hint that the symmetry between matter and antimatter may be violated for neutrino oscillation.



4. MAGIC telescopes, on the el Roque de los Muchachos on the Canary Island of La Palma

During 2017, the main focus of MAGIC has been the scientific exploitation of the instrument. IFAE members were principal authors in 6 of the 13 MAGIC papers published during this period. IFAE maintained its high-level roles in the management of the Collaboration and continued R&D activities for future instrumentation in Gamma-ray Astronomy.

5. CTA: Cherenkov telescope Array telescopes

In 2017 IFAE has continued participating with high impact and visibly in CTA, keeping important responsibilities also at the management level. Also, IFAE has been coordinating all infrastructure deployment at the ORM was responsible of designing and building the undercarriage of CTA's LST1.



6. The Dark Energy Survey (DES)

In 2017, the group at IFAE led two of the 12 DES papers containing the cosmological results obtained from the analysis of the first-year data of the survey.

7. The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument(DESI)

During 2017, the IFAE group finished the development of the second iteration of the GFA cameras and started their production, complete with mechanical enclosures, filters, CCDs, readout electronics, thermal control, etc

8. The PAU Survey

During 2017, the group has concentrated its efforts in data processing including data refinements, cross-talk removal, calibration and star-Galaxy separation from PAU fluxes.

9. The Euclid Mission

During 2017, the first model of the NISP Filter Wheel Assembly containing optical elements has been built and tested.


Applied Physics

10. Medical Imaging

During 2017 the group has focused on 3 topics: Commissioning and testing the VIP PET ring, the construction of the 6cm x 6cm CdTe pixel camera for the 3D-biopsy project (RIS3CAT), and the THEIA project for retinal prosthesis.


The activities of the Theory Division during 2016 continued along three lines: Standard Model Physics, Beyond the Standard Model, and Astroparticle Physics & Cosmology.

1. Standard Model

During 2017, the group has worked the phenomenology of particle physics within the realms of the standard model with particularly interesting result sin rare B decays.

2. Beyond the Standard Model

During 2017, the group has worked on the instability of the Higgs potential in the Standard Model, the zanomalous magnetic moment of the muon in extra dimensional theories, collider phenomenology and Beyond the Standard model physics and precision tests of the SM at the LHC

3. Astroparticle Physics & Cosmology

During 2017, the work done by the members of the Theory Division in this research area concern early universe cosmology, the role of black holes as dark matter, and the application of the AdS/CFT correspondence for condensed matter phenomena.