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The Institute for Theoretical Physics (IFT) UAM-CSIC was officially created in 2003 as a joint research center belonging to the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM). It is the only Spanish center dedicated entirely to research in Theoretical Physics. The IFT members develop research in the frontiers of Elementary Particle Physics, Astroparticles and Cosmology, in order to understand the fundamental keys of Nature and the Universe. They are also leading many research projects, both at the national and international level. The IFT is part of the strategic line `Theoretical Physics and Mathematics´ of the Campus of International Excellence (CEI) UAM+CSIC established in 2009. Since 2012, it is credited as Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence. Besides purely scientific activity, in the IFT is also conducted intensive training tasks of young researchers and professionals through the graduate program in Theoretical Physics with mention of excellence from the CEI and the Ministry of Education. In addition, the Institute carries out the important task of transferring knowledge to society through several outreach programs.

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The maps inside your head: How the brain represents sensory and cognitive spaces

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Date: 24th April, 2014 - 12h00
Speaker: Vijay Balasubramanian from UPenn
Place: Blue Room/ IFT Seminar Room

Abstract: In many functionally distinct regions of the brain, populations of neurons form maps of sensory and cognitive spaces. I will explain a physicist's approach to this neural topography of information. First, I will review the brain's architecture. Next, I will present evidence from the early visual system that the brain minimizes the neural resources required to reach the fidelity necessary to represent stimuli, given an animal's behavioral needs. I will then apply this principle of efficiency to the "sense of place" -- i.e., the representation of an animal's physical location in the "place cell" and "grid cell" systems, which have been discovered in two brain areas, the hippocampus and the entorhinal cortex. I will conclude by discussing how similar analyses broadly illuminate the organization of the brain.

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Álvaro de Rújula en EL PAÍS: "La revolución de los quarks"

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Artículo de Álvaro de Rújula en EL PAÍS: "La revolución de los quarks"

Los quarks, que este año cumplieron los 50 años, tardaron 20 en pasar de ser una idea increíble de los físicos teóricos de partículas a una realidad sorprendente.
La idea tiene tres autores simultáneos: André Petermann la publicó en francés, condenándola a que nadie se enterase. Murray Gell-Mann obtuvo el Nobel (1969) en parte por ella, pero su artículo original fue rechazado por la prestigiosa revista Physical Review Letters (PLR). A George Zweig, el director de teoría del CERN le impidió incluso dar una charla sobre el tema. Tampoco los científicos aceptan fácilmente ideas revolucionarias. Quark es un requesón alemán, una oscura cita de Gell-Mann a James Joyce.

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Prof. Luciano Maiani in the IFT

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Prof. Luciano Maiani from Sapienza Università di Roma is visiting the IFT for the period from 7th April to 7th July, as distinguished Severo Ochoa visiting professor. His office number is 205.

His research interest are:
- Signatures for Supersymmetric Higgs bosons, mass and mixing angles of neutrinos

Dr. Antonio Delgado in the IFT

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Dr. Antonio Delgado from University of Notre Dame is visiting the IFT for the period from 7th to 11th April. His office number is 317.

His research interest are:
- LHC phenomenology of different models beyond the SM

Gravitational Waves: a new window into the origin of the Universe

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Dates & times: Friday, 4 April, 2014 - 12:00
Lecturer: Juan García-Bellido
Venue: Blue Room IFT-UAM/CSIC

Abstract:
The recent discovery of the B modes of polarization of the cosmic microwave background opens a window to the exploration of a new energy scale very close to the scale of quantum gravity. In this talk I will describe the results BICEP experiment at the South Pole and its implications for our understanding of the origin of the universe, in terms of the theory of inflation and the implications that this has for the future of cosmology.

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Dr. Aníbal Medina in the IFT

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Dr. Aníbal Medina from The University of Melbourne is visiting the IFT for the period from 31st March to 4th April. His office number is 317.

His research interest are :

- Physics beyond the Standard Model, SUSY, Composite Higgs scenarios, Warped Extra Dimensions, Dark Matter.

“Fiebre de saber”. Artículo de Antonio Muñoz Molina en EL PAIS sobre los físicos de partículas.

Tiene que haber gente que rompa las reglas y se atreva a llegar a las fronteras a las que no ha llegado antes nadie”, dice, entusiasta y serio, con perfecta convicción, el profesor David Kaplan, que habla de los enigmas y las alegrías de la Física con un aire sostenido de asombro, a veces con una expresión de desconcierto.
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IFT International Hands-on Particle Physics Masterclass

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On Friday March 28th some 36 High School Students will spend a day a the IFT to experience real LHC data analysis to discover the Higgs. After a morning session with several talks, and the data analysis workshop, they will share their results online with participants of other Masterclasses at several international institutions, including CERN.

More information at
http://workshops.ift.uam-csic.es/iftw.php/ws/masterclass2014

Una nueva ventana al Universo - artículo y entrevistas de Juan García-Bellido en los medios

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La detección de ondas gravitacionales confirma las predicciones de la teoría inflacionaria del Big Bang. Esto abre las puertas al estudio de la naturaleza a escalas de energía inalcanzables en el más potente acelerador de partículas actual.

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