June 2024

New setup of DAMIC-M collaboration at LSC

14 June, 2024|Featured, Generals|

Since last week, the LSC has a new cutting edge setup for reading scientific charge-coupled devices (CCDs) with an extraordinary capability: they can count electrons! This breakthrough brings us closer to the ambitious and fascinating goal of building a radio-purity service capable of detecting very low-energy radiation and the weakest signals. It is currently in the commissioning phase, where the equipment is being tested, but environmental background measurements are expected soon.

May 2024

LSC Seminars: “Quantification and control of the cosmogenic activation of materials”

17 May, 2024|Featured, Generals|

At the LSC we organise monthly seminars related to the different scientific and technical areas in which we work. Susana Cebrián, researcher of the CAPA group at the University of Zaragoza and expert in cosmogenic activation of materials, presented the results of her latest research. In this talk, she explained the importance of quantifying and controlling the radioactivity induced in materials by cosmic radiation, fundamental aspect for reducing the radioactive background in rare event experiments, such as those we host at the LSC .

Meeting of the Evaluating Committee of the LSC’s Biology Platform

6 May, 2024|Featured, Generals|

A group of experts in biochemistry, microbiology and virology, in charge of evaluating the progress of the experiments and analysing new proposals in biology, met on Monday 29 April at the LSC. This evaluation committee will prepare the necessary evaluation report for the scientific committee to be held on 21 and 22 May in Canfranc.

April 2024

March 2024

Scientific Day for high school students

8 March, 2024|Featured, Generals|

On 6 March, the LSC held a Scientific Day. This time, it was aimed at science students in the 2nd year of Bachillerato from the high schools of Jaca. During this day, the students participated in different workshops and learned about the most commonly used techniques at the LSC, such as copper electroforming or gamma spectroscopy. The day ended with a visit to the underground facilities.

February 2024

Bio Platform: experiment “Effect of low radiation and microgravity on C.elegans infection”

23 February, 2024|Featured, Generals|

On 16 February, the planned onsite works of experiment PB-02-22: "Effect of low radiaction and microgravity on C.elegans infection" were completed. In this last round, staff from the Evolutionary Systems Virology group (I2SysBio) conducted assays to quantitatively study the effects of low radiation and microgravity on viral infection and intestinal permeability. Developmental changes between above- and under-ground populations were also studied.

New implosion tests of the PMTs of the Hyper-Kamiokande telescope in collaboration with SOCIB

16 February, 2024|Featured, Generals|

The sixth implosion test campaign, led by the LSC and carried out at the SOCIB facilities (Mallorca), has recently been successfully completed. These campaigns aim to validate the viability of the protective covers of the sensors of the future HK telescope.

December 2023

Bio Platform: Experiment “Ticking of epigenetic and senescence aging clocks in cosmic silence”

21 December, 2023|Featured, Generals|

This week the first onsite phase of the PB-07-23 experiment ends. Staff from the ICO-IDIBGI Metabolism and Cancer group have been working with different cell lines to study senescence and the modulation of epigenic clocks in response to cosmic silence.

The Future of Astroparticle Physics in Europe

11 December, 2023|Featured, Generals|

The Future of Astroparticle Physics in Europe: Presentation of the Mid-Term Update of the European Astroparticle Physics Strategy. The European Astroparticle Physics (APPEC) announces that the Mid-Term Update of the European Astroparticle Physics Strategy 2017-2026 has been successfully finalised and approved by the APPEC General Assembly.

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