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Clara Prats and Martí Català of the BIOCOM-SC research group study the effect of tuberculosis on human evolution
A new multidisciplinary study, with a team from the Physics Department of the UPC and the IGTP-CMCiB, uses mathematical modeling to provide new information on how the origin of tuberculosis has affected population growth and female resistance to infection. The study, published in Scientific Reports, describes mechanisms through which tuberculosis infection has contributed to shaping human society as we know it.
Raúl Bombín Escudero defends his thesis on dipolar systems in the degenerate quantum regimen
Raúl Bombín Escudero defended his thesis, co-directed by Jordi Boronat Médico and Fernando Pablo Mazzanti Castrillejo on December 13 on the North Campus titled "Ultracold bose and fermi dipolar gases: a quantum Monte Carlo study", the thesis presents a study on dipolar systems in the degenerate quantum regimen.
Rafael Levit Valenzuela defends his thesis on ferroelectric materials
Rafa Levit defended his thesis coadvised by Jose Eduardo García and Diego Alejandro Ochoa on the 10th of December in Campus Nord. Entitled "New approaches for studying the dielectric relaxation dynamics in ordinary and relaxor ferroelectrics", the thesis propose a new methodology to disentangle the dielectric relaxations in ferroeléctrics.
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.