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CCTVal researchers support the development of 5G technology in the USA

The initiative brings together a team from the Technological Scientific Center of Valparaíso (CCTVal) of Santa Maria University and NPF Núcleo Milenio Project of Valparaíso University.The Bell Labs research center, currently part of the telecommunications company Nokia, has placed its trust in a group of Chilean researchers from the center to carry out measurement studies of wireless channels that will be used for future voice and data transmission systems. better known as 5G.


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Prestigious North American university recruits young doctor in Physics from USM to work in nuclear research

A graduate student will start working in the United States, where he will join a team of researchers that collaborates in the detection of particles in the ATLAS experiment of the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN.

After a dizzying and intense career, the young student of physics, Sebastian Tapia (31 years old) -now graduated as a doctor in that specialty at Santa Maria University- will be integrated in the coming weeks to the University of Illinois, institution of the United States known for being one of the most outstanding at international level. He has just been hired and will become a representative of our country in one of the most important experiments known in history in particle detection: the ATLAS experiment of the European Organization for Nuclear Research.

Before and thanks to the agreement that the USM maintains with the European laboratory, Sebastian had the opportunity to take a one and a half year stay where he worked as part of the high energy physics group.

The experience meant a great contribution to his professional training, but it was also a great change in his family. Since, his wife and their little daughter accompanied him and had to adapt to a new culture, habits and language.

In spite of some difficulties, he recognizes the importance of the experience and comments that "being out for a considerable time helps to learn new things, new airs and to work with other people".

Prior to finishing his postgraduate program in the month of April of this year, Sebastián focused on his work life project. During this period, he was selected by the University of Illinois, to which he will be integrated during the second semester.

The group with which he will work will be integrated by expert researchers in the area of ​​jet analysis (particle flow from the quark hadronization) produced in heavy ion collisions for the ATLAS experiment at CERN.

For him, "all this is the result of having had the opportunity to make a stay at CERN, as this allowed me to develop links with other researchers. For the same reason, it is my desire to encourage young people to live the experience of exchange. " As a council, he argues that, in his opinion, "students should consider two objectives during their career:" First, do some research in the degree and then go out and do internships. Know another country. Living that experience is worth 100%. "

Discovering his vocation

Deciding what to study is not an easy decision. Although, Sebastian knew early on what he was looking for: "I wanted to study physics from 3rd grade. Although in my school I was good at chemistry, I did not do well in physics, I did not pay much attention to it "he says.

The young researcher says, that when he discovered that chemistry did not provide the answers he sought on more fundamental questions, he received guidance from his teachers who suggested him to study more about physics. It was at that time that Sebastian began to investigate in this area and said: "I began to read on my own, the typical things of diffusion of physics. Nothing very complicated. And I think: Ok. This is what I want to do! "

After deciding to continue the path of science and research, Sebastián will begin his professional development work as a postdoctoral researcher in a group that participates in the ATLAS collaboration, led by Physics Doctor Anne Marie Sickles.