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Herbert Donatus Halpaap defends his thesis on speckle in lasers
Herbert Donatus Halpaap defended his thesis co-directed by Cristina Masoller and Meritxell Vilaseca Ricart on December 9 at the Terrassa Campus entitled "Experimental study of speckle generated by semiconductor light sources: application in double-pass images", the thesis presents a study on the effect of a vibrating mirror to reduce speckle interferometry in lasers
Clara Prats and Nura Ahmad rely on mathematical models to improve tuberculosis control in Nigeria
Researchers from the Department of Physics of the Higher School of Agriculture of Barcelona (ESAB), design a pilot plan to improve the diagnosis and control of tuberculosis in the city of Gombe, located northeast of Nigeria. The project has received funding in the last call for aid from the Center for Development Cooperation (CCD) of the UPC.
Enrique García and Manel Soria reproduce the formation of polar storms on Saturn
The work of researchers Enrique García and Manel Soria of the Department of Physics of the UPC, is part of an international scientific collaboration led by the researcher Agustín Sánchez Lavega, from the University of the Basque Country (UPV / EHU), which has discovered multiple storms at different latitudes of the second largest planet in the solar system and just published in the journal "Nature Astronomy"
David Pino coordinates the creation of the most complete catalog of floods in the peninsular Mediterranean slope over a thousand years
The 'MEDIFLOOD' project, coordinated by the department, has created the first archive that compiles, identifies and analyzes 14,500 cases of rain and river flooding in the Spanish Mediterranean watershed in a period of almost a millennium. The information provided by this catalog will allow to increase the forecast capacity of extreme weather events in order to design the most effective adaptation and response actions.
Jorge Enrique Velasco Cruz defends his thesis on metallic glasses
Jorge Enrique defended his thesis coadvised by Daniel Crespo and Eloi Pineda on the 28th of June in Campus del Besos. Entitled "Study of the elastic inhomogeneity in metallic glass in the mesoscale", the thesis presents an analysis of the anisotropy of glasses using molecular dynamics simulations
Quantum mechanics explains how superfluid helium films grow in carbon nanotubes
A study by an international team of researchers, led by ICFO scientists and with the participation of Jordi Boronat, a researcher from the Physics Department of the UPC, shows the controlled growth process of superfluid helium, layer by layer, in the surface of carbon nanotubes. The experiment opens the door to studying new phenomena at the nanoscale and, specifically, in transitions of topological phases.
Thesis with key insights on climate change is defended in the C&AP Ph.D. program
Dario Zappalà defended his work last April on air temperature dynamics and climate change under the direction of Cristina Masoller in the Nonlinear Dynamics, Nonlinear Optics and Lasers group.