Astrophysical research

Projects

The research activity at the IAC is structured around individual astrophysical research projects. These projects are grouped into six global research lines that cover most fields of theoretical, observational or instrumental astrophysics. The individual research projects are led and managed by a Principal Investigator (PI) and can include scientists at pre-doctoral, post-doctoral, tenured and senior levels. The links and collaborations with researchers from other centers are recognized and encouraged. 

Cosmology and Astroparticle physics

Cosmology

The physics of the Early Universe and primordial gravitational waves via measurements of the Cosmic Microwave Background. In this context, our group is involved in several key projects at the frontier of this field: the ESA´s Planck mission, the QUIJOTE-CMB Experiment, the GroundBird and LSPE-STRIP experiments, and the Tenerife Microwave Spectrometer (TMS).

The nature of dark energy and its evolution via massive spectroscopic surveys of the distant Universe. IAC is involved in a series of experiments (Planck satellite, BOSS, eBOSS and MS-DESI projects, and the future ESA´s Euclid satellite) which will shed light on the detailed dynamics of the accelerated expansion and the equation of state of this intriguing energy.

Astroparticles

Study of the most violent processes in the Universe to unveil the origin and acceleration mechanisms of cosmic rays to the highest energies. The IAC group is involved in three major collaborations: the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) at the International Space Station and the MAGIC Telescopes and the future CTA-North Array, at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory (La Palma).

  • Messengers from the Cosmos
    Astroparticles Theory

    The goal of this project is to initiate a line of research in theoretical astroparticle physics that can exploit synergies with other areas and observations developed within the Institute. The starting point will be the investigation of the phenomenology derived from particle-physics laboratories such as CERN and to bring it closer to its possible

    Jorge
    Martín Camalich
  •  The Invisible Scaffolding of Space
    Cosmology with Large Scale Structure Probes

    The Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) contains the statistical information about the early seeds of the structure formation in our Universe. Its natural counterpart in the local universe is the distribution of galaxies that arises as a result of gravitational growth of those primordial and small density fluctuations. The characterization of the

    FRANCISCO SHU
    KITAURA JOYANES
  • The QUIJOTE experiment at the Teide Observatory
    QUIJOTE CMB Experiment (Q-U-I JOint TEnerife CMB Experiment)

    QUIJOTE es un programa de dos telescopios y su batería de instrumentos, instalados en el Observatorio del Teide, dedicados fundamentalmente a la caracterización de la polarización del Fondo Cósmico de Microondas, en el rango de frecuencias de 10-42 GHz.

    José Alberto
    Rubiño Martín
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    Particle Astrophysics

    The MAGIC Collaboration is integrated by 20 research institutes and university departments from Armenia, Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, Switzerland and USA. The collaboration comprises two 17m diameter telescopes, located at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory, designed to measure the Cherenkov radiation associated with

    Ramón
    García López
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    Relativistic and Theoretical Astrophysics

    Introduction Gravitational lenses are a powerful tool for Astrophysics and Cosmology. The goals of this project are: i) to obtain a robust determination of the Hubble constant from the time delay measured between the images of a lensed quasar; ii) to study the individual and statistical properties of dark matter condensations in lens galaxies from

    Evencio
    Mediavilla Gradolph
  • Full-sky map showing the spatial distribution of the primary anisotropies of the Cosmic Microwave Background (generated 380,000 years after the Big Bang) derived from observations of the Planck satellite
    Anisotropy of the Cosmic Microwave Background

    The general goal of this project is to determine and characterize the spatial and spectral variations in the temperature and polarisation of the Cosmic Microwave Background in angular scales from several arcminutes to several degrees. The primordial matter density fluctuations which originated the structure in the matter distribution of the present

    Rafael
    Rebolo López