Announcements
 
IEEC
21/03/2014
“Viatge a Mart”, el videojoc educatiu fruit del workshop ‘Technology in Space’ de TalentLab [NOT TRANSLATED]
Un any després del workshop ‘Technology in Space’ de TalentLab, dedicat a la co-creació de recursos educatius a través de la col·laboració entre investigadors i professors i del que en va resultar el recurs “Viatge a Mart”, en format videojoc, el passat 19 de març del 2014 es va dur a terme el segon taller, en el que es pretenia analitzar el resultat i el potencial educatiu d’aquest recurs.
07/03/2014
Following Gaia
TJO-TFRM-OAdM
Other
17/02/2014
ICCUB Seminar: What gamma-ray observations can tell us about intergalactic magnetic fields ?
Date: 17 Feb 2014
Other
10/02/2014
ICCUB Colloquia: Stars and Galaxies in the First Billion Years after the Big Bang
Date: 10 Feb 2014
IEEC
10/01/2014
ICCUB Seminar: CMOS Smart Image and Vision Sensors
Date: 10 Jan 2014
IEEC
02/01/2014
A study by researchers of IEEC/ICE appears in the top ten of the major discoveries of 2013, according to the journal Science
The journal Science has published its usual ranking of the top ten research studies of 2013, and among them, there is an article in which have participated researchers of the l’Institut d’Estudis Espacials de Catalunya i de l’Institut de Ciències de l’Espai (IEEC/ICE) called ‘Cosmic Particle Accelerators Identified’.
IEEC
18/12/2013
The launch of Gaia is here
The countdown comes to the end: tomorrow, December 29, 2013, the Gaia mission of the European Space Agency will be launched at 10:12:19 (GMT) from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guaiana . The launch will be broadcast live in the Classroom 105 of the Faculty of Chemistry of the University of Barcelona (Act program).
IEEC
16/12/2013
The satellite Gaia today in La Vanguardia
The satellite Gaia has appeared in today’s printed edition in the section ‘Tendències’ of the newspaper La Vanguardia. The article explains, with technical details, how the satellit has been constructed, which is the objective of its mission and how it will take place.
IEEC
03/12/2013
Gaia, ready to characterize one billion stars
The Milky Way Shines on Paranal
IEEC
02/12/2013
ESA decides on next Large Mission Concepts
The Gravitational Universe will be one of the two science themes to be explored by ESA's next two Large (L-class) missions –this was decided today by ESA´s Science Programme Committee (SPC). The suggested mission to probe the Gravitational Universe is the evolved Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (eLISA). It will study the universe in a unique way – completely differently than any other space observatory – by detecting gravitational waves. Observations of gravitational waves in space will answer key scientific questions about the astrophysics of the cosmic dawn and the physics and the evolution of the universe. According to ESA's decision, eLISA will be the third L-class mission, following JUICE and Athena+. “We are very pleased with this decision. It will provide revolutionary research opportunities in astrophysics and fundamental physics,” says Karsten Danzmann, designated spokesperson of eLISA, director at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute/AEI) and professor at the Leibniz Universität in Hannover, Germany. “We will immediately begin to optimize technologies already being developed for eLISA. These key technologies for eLISA will get their first test in space with the launch of ESA's LISA Pathfinder (LPF) mission in 2015”, Danzmann continues. The observation of gravitational waves in space will provide powerful insight into the fundamentals of gravity, and into Einstein's theory that predicted the waves in 1916. A gravitational wave observatory in space will open up hidden chapters in the history of the universe by listening to the waves made by the earliest black holes, by thousands of binary stars, and probably by the Big Bang itself. By seeing how the waves from early black holes are stretched out as they move toward us through the expanding universe, the observatory will even study the mysterious dark energy. The proposed eLISA mission is designed to be complementary to existing and planned ground-based gravitational wave observatories. Earth- and space-based gravitational wave observatories both search for ripples in the fabric of space-time created by the most violent events in the universe, such as the coalescence of black holes. Gravitational waves carry with them information about their origins and about the nature of gravity that cannot be obtained using other astronomical tools. ***************************************** Background The Gravitational Universe The last century has seen enormous progress in our understanding of the Universe. We know the life cycles of stars, the structure of galaxies, the remnants of the big bang, and have a general understanding of how the Universe evolved. We have come remarkably far using electromagnetic radiation as our tool for observing the Universe. However, gravity is the engine behind many of the processes in the Universe, and much of its action is dark – it emits no electromagnetic radiation at all. Opening a gravitational window on the Universe will let us go further than any alternative. Gravity has its own messenger: Gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of space-time. They travel essentially undisturbed and let us peer deep into the formation of the first seed black holes, exploring redshifts as large as z ~ 20, prior to the epoch of cosmic re-ionisation. Exquisite and unprecedented measurements of black hole masses and spins will make it possible to trace the history of black holes across all stages of galaxy evolution, and at the same time constrain any deviation from the Kerr metric of General Relativity. eLISA will be the first ever mission to study the entire Universe with gravitational waves. eLISA is an all-sky monitor and will offer a wide view of a dynamic cosmos using gravitational waves as new and unique messengers to unveil The Gravitational Universe. It provides the closest ever view of the early processes at TeV energies, has guaranteed sources in the form of verification binaries in the Milky Way, and can probe the entire Universe, from its smallest scales around singularities and black holes, all the way to cosmological dimensions. The selection process for ESA's next large missions began in March 2013 with a Call for White Papers. More than 30 White Papers covering a broad range of topics in space science were submitted. 22 projects were presented in September 2013 to ESA's Senior Survey Committee (SSC) and the broad scientific community. Following this SSC chaired by Dr. Catherine Cesarsky advised ESA´s Director of Science and Robotic Exploration, Dr. Alvaro Gimenez on the selection of the science themes for L2 and L3. Concluding this process the science themes for the L2 and L3 missions were selected by ESA's Science Programme Committee (SPC). Next steps A major step towards revealing the Gravitational Universe will be the launch of LISA Pathfinder in 2015 and the test of eLISA key technologies in space. Between 2014 and 2020, eLISA technology will be optimized followed by the final mission selection and commitment of international partners. In 2024 the industrial implementation will begin, with the payload supplied by a European consortium which also provides the flight hardware for LISA Pathfinder. The eLISA launch is planned for 2034.
Other
28/10/2013
ICCUB Colloquia: Reading the Record of Ancient Impacts
Date: 28 Oct 2013
IEEC
21/10/2013
Gaia sunshield deployment test successful
Ahead of its launch on 20 November 2013, Gaia has passed its critical sunshield deployment test. The sunshield has been fabricated by the Spanish company SENER. During the test at Europe’s spaceport in Kourou the shield’s twelve carbon fibre folding frames were opened successfully in the cleanroom. As the Deployable Sunshield Assembly (DSA) was not designed to support its own weight in the one-g environment at Earth’s surface, support cables and counterweights attached to the shield provided a realistic test environment. In space the 10.5 metre diameter sunshield will shade the spacecraft’s telescope from the sun. It will also help to provide a stable and low temperature environment.
Other
16/09/2013
CTA NectarCAM F2F Meeting
The Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA, http://www.cta-observatory.org/) consortium celebrates the regularly meeting of the Common Camera Components (CCC) work-package, since its creation in late 2012. The meeting deals with the main components of the camera: Slow control and Power, Mechanics and Cooling, High Voltage and pre-amplification, Signal processing, Interface board: HVPA-FEB, Camera/Array trigger, Readout and Data transfer, Integration and Test and Calibracition. About 35 participants will discuss about the proposed design and methodologies, and it will fix the common guidelines to share as much parts as posible the common sistems between the diferent kind of cameras. This is the second of a series of meetings of the NectarCAM-CCC work-package group, to be held every 6 months as face to face meetings, and monthly as phone-conferences.
Other
14/09/2013
MAGIC Galactic meeting 2013
On 12 and 13 September 2013 a meeting of the Physics Working Group on Galactic sources of the MAGIC Collaboration took place at Facultat de Física of UB. A total of 20 researchers attended the meeting, which has been organized by members of the Departament d'Astronomia i Meteorologia of UB. Possible observational proposals with the MAGIC Cherenkov telescopes of sources of very high energy gamma rays were discussed in the meeting. Some of these proposals will be submitted for evaluation during October, to conduct observations during MAGIC Cycle 9, which starts in November 2013.
IEEC
30/08/2013
LISA Pathfinder: from CAD models to ready-to-fly hardware
REF: University of Glasgow
Generalitat de CatalunyaUniversitat de BarcelonaUniversitat Autònoma de BarcelonaUniversitat Politècnica de CatalunyaConsejo Superior de Investigaciones CientíficasCentres de Recerca de Catalunya