• IFAE
  • IFAE

Institute of High Energy Physics (IFAE)

IFAE

The Institute of High Energy Physics (IFAE) was founded in 1991 by a consortium of the Government of Catalonia (Generalitat de Catalunya) and the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). IFAE has two main divisions, experimental and theory, which develop frontier research in Fundamental Physics, and a third division developing Applied Physics. The Institute is placed in the Univ Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) Campus and it is a member of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST). IFAE is involved in different outreach activities, as well as promotes initiatives such as the education web app “Gamma Ray Hunters”. IFAE is involved in international experiments like the ATLAS project at the LHC, the T2K neutrino experiment in Japan, the MAGIC telescopes in La Palma and the Dark Energy Survey project in Chile, among others. IFAE also work at the cutting edge of detector technology developing new instrumentation like telescope cameras and detectors for medical imaging.

Excellence and recognition awards
Ranking positioning
  • 2012-2016 – H-index value 114.
Director of the center
Ramon Miquel

Ramon Miquel

Ramon Miquel graduated in physics in 1985 at University of Barcelona (UB) and obtained his PhD in experimental high-energy physics in 1989 at Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). Post-doctoral stay at CERN, Geneva (Switzerland) from 1991 to 1996, mostly working in the ALEPH experiment at the LEP accelerator. Full Professor at UB 1997-2000. Moved to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley (USA) as a Career Staff Scientist in 2001, where started a transition towards observational cosmology. Since mid-2006, he is Professor at the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA) at the Institute of High Energy Physics (IFAE). Associate Director of IFAE from 2008 to 2014, and Director since 2015. Working mostly in the US-led "Dark Energy Survey" (DES) and IFAE-led "Physics of the Accelerated Universe" (PAU) projects, being the PI in both. Both projects try to shed light into the nature of the "dark energy" that is causing the current acceleration of the expansion of the Universe.

Renowned researcher
Martine Bosman

Martine Bosman

Martine Bosman did her PhD in experimental nuclear physics at the cyclotron of Louvain-La-Neuve and then was granted a research fellowship at CERN, Geneva (Switzerland). This was the start of a career dedicated to high energy physics. She participated  in experiments at the CERN SPS proton accelerator, the electron-positron collider PEP at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Centre SLAC, the LEP electron-positron collider at CERN and the ATLAS detector at the LHC. During 2012- 2013, Martine acted as chair of the ATLAS Collaboration Board. She was awarded a “Narcís Monturiol” seal to scientific and technological merit by the Government of Catalonia (Generalitat de Catalunya) in 2015.

The project

Cosmic Rays are a riddle. We do not know where they come from. We do not know why there are so many. The atmosphere protects us from them. But we are still able to detect and study them from earth to solve the mystery they convey.  How can we detect cosmic rays? How can we learn more about them? Experimental physicists build their own scientific instruments. Join us in the DETECTA project to experience a true scientific challenge.