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3rd UB Science Festival: "Ultracold UB" , "3D constellations", and exhibition "Telescopi Assumpció Catalą"

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Date: 12/05/2017

Time: 10:00-19:00

Place: Historical Building of the University of Barcelona

Context: UB Science Festival

The 3rd Science Festival of the University of Barcelona, to be held on Friday May 12 during all day at the Historical Building, comes with many new activities.

The festival aims to make research carried at the University accessible to everyone, in a fun and innovative way. Therefore, throughout the day, UB - organize outreach activities, workshops, talks and games that will value the work of researchers from all fields of knowledge.

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona and the Quantum Physics and Astrophysics Department participate in this event with two different workshops and an exhibition.

3D constellations (ICCUB (IEEC-UB)-FQA)

A workshop to create constellations, which will serve to better understand the distances between stars in the three dimensions of the space, and their different physical properties.

This workshop will include a large-scale representation of the Gaia's first sky map. An all-sky view of stars in our Galaxy – the Milky Way – and neighbouring galaxies, based on the first year of observations from ESA's Gaia satellite, from July 2014 to September 2015.This map shows the density of stars observed by Gaia in each portion of the sky.

Text of the activity in CA
Text of the activity in ES

Team: E. Molina, Vķctor Moreno de la Cita, S. Olarte, I. Pérez-Rąfols, N. Torres

Video demo

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Exhibition "Telescopi Assumpció Catalą" (ICCUB (IEEC-UB)-FQA)

Shown at the main corridor of the University during the festival.

This exhibition is the legacy of Assumpció Catalą, the first woman Professor of Astronomy at the UB and at the whole Spanish university. The posters shown the impressive evolution of Astronomy in Spain in the last decades and want to be a tribute to a great scientist on Astronomy, an extraordinary teacher and, the first woman to give name to a telescope in Spain.

Workshop: "Ultracold UB" (ICCUB-FQA):

Participants will be able to learn about some of the most relevant phenomena of quantum mechanics, taking as an example the current research in physics laboratories of ultracold gases. Quantum technologies will be of great importance in the near future in both computing and cryptography techniques and information handling. This makes it essential that the whole population acquires a minimum familiarity with its most fascinating aspects. All the material of this workshop has been made in open code by university course students of the Faculty of Physics of the University of Barcelona.

The workshop consists of making simulations with computers of several experiments in which the quantum properties of matter are revealed. In particular, the simulation of the movement of a set of ultra-cold atoms trapped in a potential well (analogy with the movement of a pendulum), the simulation of the movement of a soliton in an atomic gas at temperature 0 K or the simulation of a quantum Newton pendulum.

Software made in open code by the students of the Physics Faculty of the UB.

From 10:00 to 14:00

Team: M. Arazo, M. Guilleumas, B. Julią, I. Morera, L. Moreno, A. Polls, A. Romero

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