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International Conference on High Energy Physics brought together leading scientists at the USM

A hundred scientists from different countries participated in the seventh version of the International Conference "High Energy Physics in the era of the Large Hadron Collider", organized by the Federico Santa María Technical University through the Scientific and Technological Center of Valparaíso ( CCTVal), which took place in the Campus Casa Central of the Institution between January 8 and 12.

A hundred scientists from different countries participated in the seventh version of the International Conference "High Energy Physics in the era of the Large Hadron Collider", organized by the Federico Santa María Technical University through the Scientific and Technological Center of Valparaíso ( CCTVal), which took place in the Campus Casa Central of the Institution between January 8 and 12.

 The objective of the International Conference on High Energy Physics was to bring together young and experienced researchers, both from theoretical and experimental areas, to review the recent progress in high energy science and nuclear physics.

In its seventh version, the activity was dedicated to the memory of Professor Lev Lipatov, recently deceased, russian physicist and important figure for his contribution to nuclear physics and particle physics.

For the Director of the Department of Physics of the USM, Claudio Dib, conferences like this "make people who normally work separately, on their own or in small groups, come together to a place where they exhibit and compare, finally assembling new teams".

"These instances also serve to show young people what are the interesting things that are appearing, and to project this into the future, so their careers can be consistent with what is developing in the world, especially in the area of ​​physics. of particles "added Dib.

Chile as a setting for international science

No doubt the field of high particle physics has been revolutionized in recent years, from the work of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) to the discovery of gravitational waves by the joint work of the LIGO-Virgo experiments, confirming part of what was predicted by Albert Einstein in his theory of gravitation.

Dr. Christopher Berry, postdoctoral researcher and astrophysicist part of the group of Gravitational Waves of the University of Birmingham (England), as well as a scientist associated with LIGO, pointed out that this is just the beginning, since "there are many discoveries out there; we have discovered a lot of black holes, of which we had no knowledge, and they have different characteristics ".

Dr. Christopher Berry, postdoctoral researcher and astrophysicist part of the group of Gravitational Waves of the University of Birmingham (England), as well as a scientist associated with LIGO, pointed out that this is just the beginning, since "there are many discoveries out there; we have discovered a lot of black holes, of which we had no knowledge, and they have different characteristics".

In addition, the academic from the University of Birmingham rescued how the detection of gravitational waves began after a light observation made by telescopes in Chile; and in this sense, the scientists Lawrence Sulak, of the University of Boston (United States), and Xavier Bertou, doctor in Astrophysics of the University of Paris VII (France), reaffirm the importance that the country has in the world of science, valuing that this type of instances are developed in the country.

"This conference is about the most current discoveries, such as: what happens when two black holes come together? If you want to understand it, you need information that comes from Argentina, and you also have the data from Chile, because here are the telescopes that can observe the cosmic rays; I believe that this is an opportunity for South America to play an important role, "said Professor Sulak.

Meanwhile, Xavier Bertou pointed out that science is becoming increasingly international. "This is what we need, financing and people, we offer not only a place, but also a human team willing to work; So, this activity is done here because here there are scientists doing physics who can organize a conference, "he said.

"Physicists not only came here because it is a good place to visit, but because here are the best scientists of the Southern Hemisphere," said Bertou, who works at the Bariloche Atomic Center in Argentina.

Importance of scientific development for the continent

Lawrence Sulak referred to the development opportunities that the region will have in the future if education is advanced: "Great minds are everywhere, but if you do not give them the opportunity to nourish themselves, you will not have them in your community; and we need them, because the only way to compete in the globalized world is to train engineers and academics. "

"I had the pleasure of working in Ecuador for 20 years, and when I started there was virtually no one doing research in physics, but now we have an entire community of scientists working in that country, because they were given an opportunity," Sulak argued.

For Claudio Dib, thanks to this type of events "the University, the city and the country are beginning to be more visible than before for the scientific world, and that was part of our objective. In addition, this also makes our students realize that they are close to the main advances that are made everywhere. "

In the same line, the Director of the Department of Physics of the USM recognizes that although when they began with the first conferences it was necessary to make a great effort to attract exhibitors, today the instance has acquired prestige. "The physicists who come, some even regularly, are world-class, and the most remarkable experiments present their results here," he concluded.

Escrito por Super User 05 · Mar · 2018

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