There is a new opening for pre-doctoral grants to carry out a PhD thesis at the Severo Ochoa Excellence Centers. A maximum of six positions will be available to develop a thesis in one of the strategic research lines of the IFT.
Candidates are expected to carry out a PhD in one of the strategic research lines of the IFT, which include particle phenomenology, astroparticle physics, nuclear theory, string theory, gravitation and cosmology, lattice and quantum field theory, and quantum information theory. They should have an excellent academic track record, and are expected to hold an academic degree that grants access to a PhD program by November 2014.
The deadline for applications is September 19, 2014, at 15:00.



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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Google Hangout sobre teoría de Cuerdas - 18 Septiembre a las 17h (CET)

Google Hangout sobre teoría de Cuerdas - 18 Septiembre a las 17h (CET)

El jueves día 18 de Septiembre a las 17h (CET) tendrá lugar la cuarta charla digital sobre ciencia que organiza el IFT en colaboración con Materia.
Título: Los retos de la teoría de Cuerdas
Puedes enviar tus preguntas a través de Twitter, utilizando el hashtag #TeoriadeCuerdas

Se emitirá en directo a través del canal de YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/IFTMadrid
Página web de la actividad: http://workshops.ift.uam-csic.es/ws/hangouts

Upcoming course: Lectures on Supersymmetry and Supergravity in Curved Spaces and Superspaces

IFTSupergravity, the supersymmetric generalization of of Einstein’s theory of gravity, is a fundamental tool in the current research in Theoretical Physics. Supergravity can be formulated in spacetimes of D ? 11 dimensions. The maximal D = 11 supergravity is the best known ingredient of M-theory. In D = 10 spacetime it describes the low energy limit of String Theory and in D < 10 of its compactifications.

More info: http://workshops.ift.uam-csic.es/iftw.php/ws/168

Artículo de Alberto Casas en El Mundo: ¿Se puede desmoronar el vacío? No hay nada que temer

El famoso bosón de Higgs, descubierto hace dos años en el CERN (Ginebra) nos ha dado claves para entender la estructura del vacío. La teoría que subyace al descubrimiento es, en pocas palabras, la siguiente: existe un campo, llamado campo de Higgs (parecido al electromagnético, pero con propiedades diferentes) que llena todo el universo, incluso los espacios aparentemente vacíos. Las partículas convencionales (por ejemplo, un electrón) adquieren masa al interaccionar con el campo de Higgs. Si excitamos ese campo (haciendo chocar dos partículas con enorme energía, tal como se hace en el CERN), entonces se producen los bosones de Higgs, es decir excitaciones elementales de ese campo que lo llena todo.

Lee el artículo completo aquí: http://mun.do/1uHeen6

Dr. Daniel E. López Fogliani in the IFT

Dr. Daniel E. López Fogliani from Buenos Aires Physics Institute (IFIBA-CONICET) is visiting the IFT for the period from September 8th to 16th, 2014. His office number is 104.

His research interests are:
- Supersymmetric Standard Model, Collider signatures, dark matter, neutrino physics

Prof. Alfredo Poves appointed as member of the Academy of Europe

IFT member and former Director, Alfredo Poves, has been appointed member of the Academy of Europe. The mission of the Academy is to promote a wider appreciation of the value of European scholarship and research, to make recommendations to national governments and international agencies concerning matters affecting science, scholarship and academic life in Europe, to encourage interdisciplinary and international research in all areas of learning, particularly in relation to European issues, to identify topics of trans-European importance to science and scholarship, and propose appropriate action to ensure that these issues are adequately studied.

Read more: http://www.ae-info.org/

Dr. Lotfi Boubekeur in the IFT

Dr. Lotfi Boubekeur from IFIC, Valencia is visiting the IFT for the period from September 1st to 30th, 2014. His office number is 214.

His research interests are:
- Cosmology (inflation and alternatives, non-Gaussianity in the CMB and LSS)
- Astroparticles (leptogenesis, dark matter)

Alberto Salvio in Quanta Magazine: At Multiverse Impasse, a New Theory of Scale


Mass and length may not be fundamental properties of nature, according to new ideas bubbling out of the multiverse.
Though galaxies look larger than atoms and elephants appear to outweigh ants, some physicists have begun to suspect that size differences are illusory. Perhaps the fundamental description of the universe does not include the concepts of “mass” and “length,” implying that at its core, nature lacks a sense of scale.

Read the article here: http://bit.ly/XvT0OM

El Confidencial: Un equipo español colabora en una de las mayores búsquedas del mundo de materia oscura

El experimento CDMS, uno de los más importantes del mundo en la búsqueda de materia oscura, solo cuenta con la participación de un equipo de fuera de Norteamérica: un grupo español de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid y el Instituto de Física Teórica.

David Cerdeño: "Nosotros buscamos interacciones con detectores de germanio, pero hay otros que lo hacen con yoduro de sodio, y hay otros que la buscan en el LHC y también observando esta materia en las galaxias”.

Leer el reportaje completo aquí: http://t.co/XyswHhU9b7

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