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El 29 de Junio de 2015 el Rey Felipe VI ha inaugurado los telescopios del experimento QUIJOTE durante su visita al Observatorio del Teide para conmemorar el 30 Aniversario del IAC.

A QUIJOTE/EPI Consortium satus meeting will take place at IFCA, Santander, on June  16 2015.

The QUIJOTE/EPI Consortium Meeting will take place at the IAC in La Laguna, Tenerife,  on March  13-15 2015.

The first pixels of the QUIJOTE 30 GHz instrument have been manufactured and are being integrated in the cryostat. First light is expected for March 2015.

A new meeting  on "Fundamental Cosmology" will take place in Santander, June 17-19 2015, partially funded by EPI.

In this article we present an analysis of the Anomalous Microwave Emission (AME) towards the region G159.6-18.5, located in the Perseus molecular complex. This is one of the most studied AME regions in the sky. The new QUIJOTE data at 10-20 GHz allow us to confirm the downturn of the AME spectrum at frequencies below 20 GHz, first discovered in this region in previous data from the COSMOSOMAS experiment.

New maps from ESA’s Planck satellite uncover the ‘polarised’ light from the early Universe across the entire sky, revealing that the first stars formed much later than previously thought.

Further details HERE.

 

 

 

Despite earlier reports of a possible detection, a joint analysis of data from ESA’s Planck satellite and the ground-based BICEP2 and Keck Array experiments has found no conclusive evidence of primordial gravitational waves.

Further details HERE.

 

Los Premios Nobel de Física Robert Wilson y John Mather visitaron ayer el Observatorio del Teide, acompañados por el director del IAC y varios astrofísicos. Los dos Premios Nobel, relacionados con los estudios sobre la radiación del fondo de microondas, tuvieron la oportunidad de conocer el Experimento QUIJOTE, entre otras instalaciones del Observatorio. Más información aqui.

Project

The CONSOLIDER-Ingenio program from the Spanish Ministry of Science and  Innovation is a strategic line that seeks to achieve research excellence by fostering the cooperation between outstanding research groups. The Exploring the Physics of Inflation (EPI) CONSOLIDER project  involves several research groups from Spain and Europe working on theoretical and instrumentation aspects of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB), including the Instituto de Física de Cantabria (CSIC-Universidad de Cantabria), the Instituto Astrofísico de Canarias, the Departamento de Ingenieria de las Comunicaciones at the University of Cantabria, the University of Granada, the Universidad del Pais Vasco, the University of Cambridge, the University of Manchester and the University of Chalmers, among others.

The main goal of the EPI-CONSOLIDER project is the observational study of the physics of the inflationary period of the universe using CMB data from the QUIJOTE (Q, U, I Joint TEnerife) experiment and the Planck satellite of the European Space Agency (ESA). In order to achieve this goal it is crucial to develop new instrumentation for the QUIJOTE experiment which allows it to extend its present frequency range and increase its sensitivity. Special emphasis will be put in the detection of the primordial gravitational wave background (GWB) produced during that early period of the universe,  with the goal of reducing the uncertainty of the r parameter (related to the amplitude of those waves) in about an order of magnitude with respect to present upper limits. The GWB leaves an unambiguous imprint in the B-mode CMB polarization anisotropies. Its detection will represent a unique confirmation of inflation and will provide the energy scale at which it happened. The energy scales that will be probed are of the order of or larger than those corresponding to the Grand Unified Theories (GUT) of the fundamental interactions, at least 12 orders of magnitude larger than the ones reachable by present accelerators like the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. Many models of inflation will be severely constrained/characterized by the data expected from those very sensitive experiments.