Ultrapure SiPMs and Associated Readout Electronics group activity
First neutrino candidate events ever measured at a particle collider
In the recently published paper in Physical Review D, the FASER experimental collaboration has announced the observation of the...
Cooperation with INFN on the DarkSide-20k experiment
On 2 October 2021 our colleague Dr Marek Walczak (research group 1) returned from a scientific trip to the National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN) in Genoa, Italy. He spent three intensive weeks there working on testing the veto Photo Detector Modules and developing software for analyzing data from the tested setups. All this time he collaborated with other INFN scientists from Gemma Testera’s group: Bianca Bottino, Alessio Caminata, Simone Copello and Stefano Davini.
International internship in the framework of the DarkWave project
In June 2021, one of our PhD students, Iftikhar Ahmad (research group 4 led by Dr Masayuki Wada), moved to Italy for a long-term fellowship. At the INFN (National Institute for Nuclear Physics) in Turin, Iftikhar is working with a team of scientists led by Dr. Manuel Dionisio da Rocha Rolo.
“Rewolucja Stanu” — comics about Quantum Informatics co-authored by Prof. Piotr Gawron
The book consists of two parts: the first is comic and the second is scientific. The storyline of the comic part takes place in some undefined future, ruled by an organisation that guards access to knowledge. In this world quantum informatics has developed, but at the same time it is treated as a forbidden art. In the story, a certain organisation is trying to gain access to all the knowledge accumulated by Humanity. But to do so, they have to steal quantum cryptographic keys…
Scientific Awards of “Polityka”
Dr Sebastian Trojanowski from the Particle Astrophysics group has been placed among the 15 finalists of the 21. edition of the scientific award “Nagroda Naukowa Polityki” organised by the major Polish weekly “Polityka”. Scientific Awards of “Polityka” are scholarships for young Polish scientists to encourage their work in different scientific disciplines. Dr Trojanowski is this year’s finalists in physics.
Cenk Türkoğlu: “In particle physics, you are working as a team”
Dr. Сenk Turkoglu, AstroCeNT postdoctoral researcher at “SiPM Systems for Astronomical Physics and Medical Physics” Group, told us about his road to astrophysics, working experience in Turkey, Austria and the UK, the importance of teamwork in scientific experiments, and his current involvement in AstroCeNT project in Poland.
Unique infrasound sensor has been developed at AstroCeNT
Group 2 led by Prof. Bulik and group 3 led by Dr. Suchenk have developed a unique infrasound sensor. It will find its application both in cutting-edge scientific research and commercial projects.
“While most commercial solutions are very expensive, we have managed to significantly reduce the cost of such a solution, which is crucial in applications where tens or even hundreds of precise sensors are needed.”
PhD at AstroCeNT: Good opportunity to advance your career internationally
One of the important areas of AstroCeNT’s activity is education. On the basis of research groups, PhD students conduct research related to the study of gravitational waves and dark matter. The results of this work will be embodied.
We asked our PhD students to talk about what they do under the guidance of their advisors and why they chose AstroCeNT.
New equipment for AstroСeNT
A large shipment of important electronic equipment has just arrived at AstroCeNT. There are three-channel laboratory power supplies, an arbitration generator and stationary multimeters. This equipment will be used for the Dark Wave and other Astrocent seismic and acoustic measurement projects.
Oscilloscopes were delivered to the laboratory earlier. And next month we expect a large batch of laboratory furniture. Soon, the laboratory will be fully prepared for new scientific and industrial challenges of any complexity.
Prof. Leszek Roszkowski: “Looking forward to the New Year, I remain optimistic”
One good thing about the year 2020 is that from midnight tonight, it will belong to the past, and for well-known reasons, many people will not be sorry to see the end of it. This was certainly a difficult and challenging time both globally and also locally where we live and work.
At the same time, I believe that, amid the turmoil of the pandemic, with all its uncertainty, at least during its initial stage, lockdowns, mental exhaustion, perhaps some zoom fatigue, adapting to working from home, etc, that certainly affected so many of us in so many aspects of our lives, we at Astrocent actually managed to survive it all relatively well. I find this very encouraging.
AstroCeNT group leaders about 2020
“We have learned how to use new tools and how manage our work in this difficult year. Now we look into the future.
We have ambitious plans: we want to be able to predict the shape of gravitational wave signals; we want to understand the seismic noise impacting gravitational wave detectors; we want to develop quantum machine learning techniques for space observations.
We will look for ambitious PhD students willing to help us in these scientific endeavors.
We hope that 2021 will be a good year for science – the one we do out of pure curiosity and the one that makes our lives better”.
Marcin Kuźniak: “At AstroCeNT we implement projects that are of great importance to both science and industry”
AstroCeNT — the ultra-modern Particle Astrophysics Science and Technology Centre of the Polish Academy of Sciences — was established in Warsaw in 2018. Currently, under the leadership of Prof. Leszek Roszkowski the Centre implements its research program, attracting scientists from all over the world. Dr. Marcin Kuźniak joined the team in 2019 as the leader of the group that is working on the improvement of silicon photomultipliers — technology extremely important for both science and industry. Marcin told us about his path to astrophysics, 10-years’ experience in Canada and return to Poland, as well as about the projects developed by AstroCeNT.
Postdoc at AstroCeNT
On the physics side, research at AstroCeNT is primarily focused on studies of gravitational waves and dark matter, as well as on related topics of astronomy, particle cosmology and particle physics. On the technological side, our prime objective is to specialise in R&D on ultra-sensitive instruments for low background and low count rate particle astrophysics experiments, primarily, but not exclusively, in dark matter searches and gravitational waves.
Stars Shine for Everyone: AstroCeNT PhD student received an award
Wathela Alhassan, AstroCeNT PhD student, received an award from SSVI (Sterren Schitteren Voor Iedereen (Stars Shine For...
Scientists have discovered over 100 black holes!
The sources of the gravitational wave signals recorded during O3a cover a wide range of astrophysical parameters. Among them there are phenomena consistent with three types of collisions: two black holes (BBH), two neutron stars (BNS) and mixed systems composed of a neutron star and a black hole (NSBH).
PROBES – innovative solutions in the search for dark matter
PROBES – the project to be implemented by AstroCeNT at Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center of the Polish...
The Einstein Telescope: a new stage in the development of gravitational wave astronomy
The Einstein Telescope will enable scientists to detect any coalescence of two intermediate-mass black holes in the entire universe and thus contribute to the understanding of its evolution. This will shed new light on the Dark Universe and will clarify the roles of dark energy and dark matter in the structure of the universe.
Professor Tomasz Bulik: “Our infrasound sensors are a product that will find its niche on the market”
Two groups in AstroCeNT: the Seismic Sensors group led by prof Bulik, and the Electronics and Data Acquisition and...
Prof. Roszkowski chairs APPEC panel preparing strategy report on direct detection of dark matter
Professor Leszek Roszkowski, the director of AstroCeNT, leads an international team of experts to prepare a report on the...
AstroCeNT researchers play key role in the success of the MVM mechanical ventilator prototype developed for COVID-19 patients that has just been issued emergency use certificate by FDA
Astrocent contributes to international project to fight COVID-19 pandemics
In response to urgent need for affordable and mass-produced novel ventilator to use as medical equipment for COVID-19 patients,...
Videos about dark matter search with DarkSide-20k and DEAP-3600 detectors
If you want to learn more about the dark matter mystery and see how
scientists are working to resolve it,...
AstroCeNT during these difficult times of pandemic
During these difficult times AstroCeNT's team moved its activities almost entirely on-line. The spirits are high. Weekly on-line meetings...
Visit to AstroCeNT of top-level delegation from CNRS
On Friday 21 February 2020 three high-level officials from CNRS visited AstroCeNT. With annual budget of over 3.2 billion...
Prof. Tomasz Bulik elected a Corresponding Member of the Polish Academy of Sciences
The ceremony of handing nominations to the newly elected members of the Polish Academy of Sciences
Professor Leszek Roszkowski awarded for his contribution to Polish science at the 4th Intelligent Development Forum
AstroCeNT welcomes Paola Arias Reyes as a Visiting Professor
Professor Arias Reyes from Chile has arrived at AstroCeNT with a prestigious NAWA scholarship.
Governor General of Canada Promotes Science Diplomacy at AstroCeNT
AstroCeNT is becoming an international spot where big science and new technologies meet, revealing an exciting future...
AstroCeNT session at the 4th biennial conference of Particle Astrophysics in Poland
4th biennial conference of Particle Astrophysics in Poland
Nobel Prize winner Art McDonald to visit Astrocent
A 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics, Prof. Art McDonald will visit Astrocent. Our distinguished guest will...
Director of European Gravitational Organization Professor Stavros Katsanevas will visit Astrocent in late May 2019
Professor Stavros Katsanevas, the director of the European Gravitational Organization (EGO), based in Pisa, Italy, is coming...
SNOLAB Director Dr. Nigel Smith to visit Astrocent in May 2019
The McDonald Institute Managing Director Fouad Elgindy to visit Astrocent in May 2019
INFN President Professor Fernando Ferroni to visit Astrocent in May 2019
The president of INFN (Instituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare), Professor Ferroni is going to visit Astrocent in...