"la Caixa" - Severo Ochoa International PhD Programme at the IFT

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The Institute for Theoretical Physics UAM-CSIC, Severo Ochoa Center of Excellence, and the Autónoma University of Madrid open three fellowships for exceptional candidates to carry out a PhD thesis at the IFT.

Within its International PhD Programme, "la Caixa" Foundation awards several PhD scholarships to research centres distinguished with the Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence award. The 2015 call envisages providing full support to three such scholarships at the IFT.

First images of collisions at 13 TeV

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Protons collided in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the record-breaking energy of 13 TeV for the first time. This is an important part of the process that will allow the experimental teams running the detectors ALICE, ATLAS, CMS, LHCb, LHCf, MOEDAL and TOTEM to switch on their experiments fully. Data taking and the start of the LHC's second run is planned for early June.

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IFT colloquium: The chiral magnetic effect: from quark-gluon plasma to Dirac semimetals

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Title: The chiral magnetic effect: from quark-gluon plasma to Dirac semimetals
Date: Friday, 22 May, 2015 - 12:00
Speaker: Dmitri E. Kharzeev from SUNY Stony Brook
Place: Blue Room


Abstract: Chirality ("handedness") is an ubiquitous concept in modern science, from particle physics to biology. Recently it has been realized that chirality has dramatic implications for the macroscopic behavior of systems with chiral particles.
In particular, the imbalance between the densities of left- and right-handed fermions in the presence of magnetic field induces the non-dissipative transport of electric charge ("the Chiral Magnetic Effect", CME) analogous to superconductivity. In quark-gluon plasma, this leads to the charge asymmetry studied in the experiments at Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider and the Large Hadron Collider.
Chirality defines the unique properties of recently discovered Dirac semimetals. I will report the observation of CME in a Dirac semimetal ZrTe5, and discuss the future studies of this effect in condensed matter and nuclear physics.

eNLarge Horizons

IFTLogo IFT UAM/CSIC Madrid, from May 18th to June 5th, 2015

This workshop aims at gathering together researchers working on Large N gauge Theories from different perspectives.
The workshop will cover various topics including the following:

- Phenomenological applications of large N gauge theories
- Large N gauge theories on the lattice
- Volume independence/large N equivalences/Matrix models
- Gravity duals/AdS-CFT correspondence/Connection with String theory
- Other aspects: High order perturbation theory/resurgence/etc

More information: http://workshops.ift.uam-csic.es/iftw.php/ws/NLHIFT

Streaming "La Relatividad General, 100 años después"

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The public lectures (in spanish) for the event "La Relatividad General, 100 años después" on friday May 8th can be followed by streaming at the link http://directo.csic.es/emision/salon


Las conferencias de la jornada divulgativa "La Relatividad General, 100 años después" del viernes 8 de Mayo se retransmitirán via streaming en el enlace http://directo.csic.es/emision/salon



Más información: http://workshops.ift.uam-csic.es/RG100

Inauguración de la placa conmemorativa de la Residencia de Estudiantes

IFTLogoMiércoles 13 de mayo de 2015 a las 12h en la calle Pinar 21. Madrid.
La Residencia de Estudiantes ha sido declarada Lugar Histórico de la Sociedad Europea de Física por su contribución al avance de la física moderna en nuestro país. Esta placa conmemora la gran influencia de la Residencia en la vida científica española desde su creación en 1910 hasta 1936, un periodo que está considerado como la Edad de Plata de la ciencia en España. Bajo la tutela de Blas Cabrera, director del vecino Laboratorio de Investigaciones Científicas, la Residencia atrajo a numerosos científicos prominentes, entre ellos los físicos Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Arthur Eddington, Maurice de Broglie y Paul Sherrer.

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Identification of Dark Matter with a Cross-Disciplinary Approach

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IFT-UAM/CSIC, Madrid April 27 - May 15

The scope of the proposed research program is to bring together theorists and experimentalists involved in searches for new physics at the LHC with physicists specializing in direct and indirect searches for dark matter, as well as cosmologists, at what we deem to be a critical point in time.

More information: http://workshops.ift.uam-csic.es/IDMCDA

IFIC acreditado como centro Severo Ochoa, ICC e IFIMAC como unidades María de Maeztu

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Los dos centros que han conseguido la distinción ‘Severo Ochoa’ son el Instituto de Física Corpuscular, centro mixto del Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) y la Universidad de Valencia, y el Instituto de Bioingeniería de Cataluña. Ambos se suman a los 18 centros de excelencia que consiguieron la acreditación en ediciones anteriores y recibirán un millón de euros anual durante cuatro años.

Las unidades de investigación seleccionadas en la nueva modalidad ‘María de Maeztu’ son: el Instituto de Ciencias del Cosmos de la Universidad de Barcelona, el departamento de Ciencias Experimentales y de la Salud de la Universidad Pompeu Fabra, el Centro de Investigación de Física de la Materia Condensada de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, el Departamento de Economía de la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, la Unidad de Biología Estructural del CSIC, y el Barcelona Graduate School of Mathematics, del Consorcio Centro de Recerca Matemática.

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Mapping the cosmos: Dark Energy Survey creates detailed guide to spotting dark matter

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Scientists on the Dark Energy Survey have released the first in a series of dark matter maps of the cosmos. These maps, created with one of the world's most powerful digital cameras, are the largest contiguous maps created at this level of detail and will improve our understanding of dark matter's role in the formation of galaxies.
The group lead by Prof. García-Bellido of the IFT-UAM/CSIC participates as full members of the Dark Energy Survey that use DECam for their exploration of the confines of the Universe, in search of the nature of the mysterious force that accelerates the Universe nowadays.

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LHC Working Group on Forward Physics and Diffraction

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IFT UAM/CSIC Madrid, from April 21th to 25th, 2015

The WG is a forum for:

* interaction between theorists and experimentalists from the LHC experiments about forward physics

* definition of a physics programme for diffraction either using the rapidity gap method or proton tagging

* definition of a common strategy among the different LHC experiments (special runs ...)

* discussion of the different forward detectors (roman pots, movable beam pipes, timing and position detectors)

* application to cosmic ray physics

More information: http://workshops.ift.uam-csic.es/LHCFPWG2015

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