IGFAE | Instituto Galego de Física de Altas Enerxías
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The Galician Institute for High-Energy Physics (IGFAE) is a joint research institute of the University of Santiago de Compostela and the Galician Autonomous Government created on July 2, 1999.

Our main goal is to coordinate and foster the scientific and technical research in the field of High-Energy Physics, Particle and Nuclear Physics and related areas as Astrophysics, Medical Physics, Instrumentation, etc.


19 Sep 17
Jorge Zanelli (CECs, Valdivia)
Cosmic censorship as a quantum effect


  • In a recent event in Madrid, the alliance of the Severo Ochoa and María de Maeztu research centres and units (SOMMa) expressed its concern about the reduction of financing for R+D+I, and the administrative problems that constrain Spanish science. Now, for the first time, business organizations...

  • Discovery experiments involving a handful of very rare events, as those resulting from the elastic interaction of weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs) with nuclei, neutrinoless double-beta decay (ββ0ν), proton decay or axion-photon conversion, increase their sensitivity with the square root

  • The 25 centres and 16 entities of the Severo de Ochoa y María de Maeztu (SOMMa) alliance, among which IGFAE is included, required yesterday, 12th March, from the Ministry of Research, Development and Innovation to consider science as economic activity of common public interest. SOMMa made three main

  • With Veronika, we start a series of interviews to some of the members of the institute. Hopefully this will help to make our work more familiar to everyone. Veronika, who is originally from Bulgaria, is currently a postdoctoral researcher at LHCb, and an excellent example...

  • IGFAE is hosting a Masterclass in particle physics on 6 April 2018 and has invited Galician high school students to participate. The students will take a day off from school to analyse data of the CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) under the...

  • Dark matter is currently one of the mysteries of the Universe. Although plenty of cosmological results point towards its existence, it has not been directly detected yet. Finding dark matter is one of the main goals of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, where IGFAE participates...

  • Although in the last years the global community has made an effort in inspiring and engaging women and girls of all ages in science,  women, representing half of the world’s population, continue to be excluded from participating fully in the science.  On 22 December 2015...

  • The 21st of December, IGFAE held its first retreat. During the whole day, more than 50 members of the institute gathered in the CEA, in the North of Santiago de Compostela,  to discuss the present and future of the institute. The meeting included more than...

  • The Physics World top 2017 Breakthrough of the Year awarded by the prestigious magazine Physics World has gone to the international team of astronomers and astrophysics that made the first ever multi-messenger observation involving gravitational waves and electromagnetic radiation from the merger of

  • Dr Veronika Chobanova, a member of the IGFAE, has just been chosen by the CERN’s LHCb collaboration to coordinate, until March 2020, the analyses studying the transformation properties (usually called ‘oscillations’) of the ‘ Bs’ mesons in ‘anti-Bs’. Bs is a