VIEnna Workshop on Simulations 2024

On April 22-27 our PhD student Clea Sunny travelled to Vienna, Austria  to attend the “VIEnna Workshop on Simulations 2024″ (VIEWS24). The goal of VIEWS24 was to provide an overview of the current state and challenges of low-energy particle background simulations using Geant4 for rare event searches. Clea took part…

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Innovations 4 Education conference

One of the important aspects of scientific activity is to share knowledge with society, to inspire and set an example, to participate in discussions with representatives from different fields from outside the “scientific bubble”. On April 11, group 4…

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Installation of seismic and infrasound sensors in the ETpathfinder

From February 19th to 23rd, 2024, Astrocent group leader Mariusz Suchenek and PhD student Mateusz Pietrzak visited the Einstein Telescope Pathfinder for sensors installation. The installed seismometers were developed by Innoseis company and modified by University of Warsaw scientists. Infrasound microphones were created at Astrocent/NCAC, particularly by Prof. Tomasz…

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Nagoya Workshop on Technology and Instrumentation in Future Liquid Noble Gas Detectors

On February 14-16, 2024, Dr. Masayuki Wada, the leader of group 4 at AstroCeNT, participated in the international workshop hosted by the Kobayashi-Maskawa Institute (KMI) at Nagoya University. The workshop, titled “Technology and Instrumentation in Future Liquid Noble Gas Detectors,” provided a platform for experts to discuss recent advancements in…

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Publication about DarkWave on the CORDIS website

We are pleased to announce that the DarkWave project, implemented by AstroCeNT/NCAC in collaboration with GSSI, INFN, CNRS, and TUM, has been selected for publication in the ‘Results in Brief’ section of the European Commission’s CORDIS website. The informative and concise article available in six…

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NCAC annual meeting

From January 30 to February 1, the Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Centre (NCAC) held its yearly meeting at Bartycka 18. This time, the NCAC team gathered under the motto: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” The meeting kicked off with Director Rafał Moderski…

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PhD thesis defense

We are happy to announce that a member of our team, Piotr Kalaczyński, has just defended his doctoral thesis titled: “The Measurement and Modelling of Cosmic Ray Muons at KM3NeT Detectors”. The thesis was defended at the National Centre for Nuclear Research under the supervision of…

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New Master at AstroCeNT

Our colleague, Maciej Kuzwa, has recently successfully defended his Master’s thesis in the field of Mechanical Engineering and Machine Design with a specialization in Computer-Aided Engineering at the Warsaw University of Technology. The title of his thesis was “Analysis of the Feasibility and Optimization of a…

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Scientific visit to Virgo

From January 17 to 21, Mariusz Suchenek, the leader of AstroCeNT Group 3, undertook a scientific visit to Virgo. Virgo is an interferometric gravitational-wave antenna with two 3-km-long arms housing a laser interferometer. The interferometer output is susceptible to various seismic sources, making it beneficial to have numerous seismometers and…

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JuliaHEP 2023 workshop, Germany

From 7 to 10 November, our colleague Piotr Kalaczyński from group 5 took part in the JuliaHEP 2023 workshop. The workshop took place online and in person over four days at the Erlangen Centre for Astroparticle Physics in Erlangen, Germany, with plenty of time for talks, discussions, and tutorials. During…

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DarkSide Collaboration meeting in L’Aquila, 23-27 October

On the 23-27th of October our colleague Dr Marek Walczak from research group 1 attended DarkSide Collaboration meeting that took place in L’Aquila, Italy.  The DarkSide-20k experiment, searching of dark matter with liquid argon, is currently under construction at Gran Sasso National Laboratory (LNGS). Meetings in-person  provide a great…

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A&A Awards 2024

Last week the call for the A&A Awards 2024 (4th call) was issued by the Board of Directors of A&A. With two yearly awards for outstanding research, the Board wishes to express its appreciation, and contribute to the enthusiasm, of the new generation of researchers who will be shaping…

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Gran Sasso Hands-on 2023

AstroCeNT/NCAC PhD students Paules Zakhary and Iftikhar Ahmad recently attended the Gran Sasso Hands-On PhD School on Astroparticle Physics, held at the Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso (LNGS) in L’Aquila, Italy from September 25 to October 6, 2023. The school was jointly organized by LNGS, the Department of Physical and…

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Light Dark World 2023

On the 19-21st of September Dr Masato Kimura, member of AstroCeNT group 4, attended the Light Dark World 2023 conference organized by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. The primary objective of his attendance was to present out the recent progress of the DarkSide experiment, especially focusing on the light dark matter….

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LIDINE 2023 conference

The LIDINE conference series is dedicated to cutting-edge technologies relevant for noble element detectors, particularly in the fields of dark matter and neutrino research. This annual event rotates through different countries, with LIDINE 2022 being organized in Warsaw by the AstroCeNT team as part of the DarkWave…

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Forward Physics Facility Theory Days at CERN

CERN has always been at the frontier of new physics searches, and AstroCeNT is following the same path! From September 18th to 19th, Dr Sebastian Trojanowski from the Astroparticle Physics group in AstroCeNT participated in the Forward Physics Facility (FPF) Theory Days organized at the CERN Theory Department….

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vPDU testing workshop at AstroCeNT

On September 18-19, AstroCeNT / NCAC PAS hosted scientists from various institutes, including INFN Torino, University of Warwick, University of Edinburgh, Lancaster University, and Royal Holloway University of London. They gathered for a topical workshop dedicated to testing the vPDUs (veto photodetector units) for the DarkSide-20k experiment. The event…

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SCALARS 2023 conference in Warsaw

From September 13th to 16th, Dr Sebastian Trojanowski from the Astroparticle Physics group participated in the international SCALARS 2023 conference organized at the Faculty of Physics of the University of Warsaw. The goal of the series of SCALARS conferences is to provide an opportunity to discuss various aspects of physics…

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Cosmology 2023 in Miramare

From 27 August to 2 September 2023, Dr. Rafał Wojaczyński travelled to Trieste, Italy, to participate in the ‘Cosmology 2023 in Miramare’ conference. This scientific event oganized by Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (SISSA) serves as a platform for researchers from various fields, including observational, computer simulation,…

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TAUP 2023 conference in Vienna

From 27 August to 2 September three AstroCeNT members — Prof. Marcin Kuźniak, Dr Masayuki Wada and PhD student Theo Hugues — were attending the TAUP 2023 international conference in Vienna, Austria. Our team from AstroCeNT contributed significantly to the conference. They presented several talks, including an insightful discussion…

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SUSY 2023 conference

On the 17-21th of July, Prof. Leszek Roszkowski, Head of AstroCeNT, took part in the 30th International Conference on Supersymmetry and Unification of Fundamental Interactions held in University of Southampton Highfield Campus, UK. The SUSY is among the largest international events where particle physicists come together to discuss innovative…

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A former AstroCeNT scholarship holder successfully defended his bachelor’s thesis

Today, we proudly congratulate Mikołaj Boroński, a former AstroCeNT scholarship holder, on successfully defending his bachelor’s thesis at the University of Warsaw, Faculty of Physics. Thesis Title: “The impact of initial parameters on the learning of spiking neural networks”. Degree Obtained: Bachelor’s degree in Applications of Physics in Biology and Medicine. Supervisors:

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PASCOS 2023 conference in Irvine, USA

Dr. Sebastian Trojanowski from the Particle Astrophysics group has recently been invited to present progress and plans for far-forward studies at the LHC at the PASCOS 2023. The conference took place at the University of California, Irvine, CA, USA, between June 26th and 30th, 2023. It was the 27th…

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DarkSide-20k Summer Collaboration Meeting

On the 12-16th of June 2023 DarkSide-20k collaboration meeting took place at the Gran Sasso National Laboratory (LNGS) in Assergi, Italy. The meeting saw almost complete representation from the AstroCeNT groups 1 and 4, including group leaders Prof. Marcin Kuźniak and Dr. Masayuki Wada, postdocs Marek Walczak, Rafał Wojaczyski, Azam…

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Prof. Barry Barish visited AstroCeNT

On the 22d of June prof. Barry Barish, a prominent physicist and Nobel laureate recognized for his significant contributions to gravitational wave research and leadership in the construction of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), visited AstroCeNT second time this year. In a relaxed and informal atmosphere,…

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XeSAT2023

On the 5-8th of June 2023 Dr Azam Zabihi, member of group 4, took part in the 6th “International Workshop on Application of Noble Gas Xenon to Science and Technology” (XeSAT2023) at the SUBATECH laboratory in Nantes, France, hosted by the IMT Atlantique. The conference brought together physicists, chemists,…

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XIII Einstein Telescope Symposium

From 8 to 12th of May 2023 Prof. Tomasz Bulik and Dr Mariusz Suchenek took part in the XIII Einstein Telescope Symposium held in Cagliari (Sardinia, Italy). During the conference, they presented three research presentations dedicated to acoustic noise studies and poster titled “Reconstructing…

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LIGO-Virgo-KAGRA collaboration meeting in Illinois

On the 13-16th of March Prof. Bulik and Dr Suchenek paid scientific visit to the Northwestern University’s Center for the Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics – CIERA (USA, Illinois) to take part in LIGO-Virgo-KAGRA collaboration meeting. As part of the event, presentations on the Newtonian noise reduction…

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Measurement campaign at CERN

In early 2023, the AstroCeNT team embarked on an extensive project at CERN, spending the majority of January and half of February conducting a data-taking campaign to explore the properties of wavelength shifting PEN foils in liquid Argon. This endeavor aimed to enhance our understanding of these foils and…

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2nd Site Preparation Board Workshop in Maastricht

On the 23-26 of January AstroCeNT team members visited 2nd Site Preparation Board (SPB) Workshop in Maastricht (Netherlands). The meeting was organized by the Einstein Telescope collaboration to discuss and review the progress of the site preparation activities for the Einstein Telescope. The agenda of the workshop included presentations…

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TMEX 2023 in Vietnam

On the 5-11th of January Prof. Tomasz Bulik, leader of AstroCeNT group nr 2, participated in the conference titled „Theory meeting experiments: particle astrophysics and cosmology” (TMEX) in Vietnam. The conference brings together leading theoreticians and experimentalists to discuss forefront topics in the field of particle astrophysics and…

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FallingWallsLab Warsaw

In just three minutes you can tell about your idea to tear down the existing wall – in the technology industry, economy, society or science, and then join the network of extraordinary minds from around the world, which currently has more than 1,000 people! Dr. Nikesh (postdoc at AstroCeNT

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APC – AstroCeNT annual meeting

On 17 January 2022 APC and AstroCeNT members met online to sum up the cooperation done in 2021. The main idea of this annual event was to share the results of work, strengthen cooperation and possibly develop new directions. During the meeting, 14 reports were presented that described the work…

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AstroCeNT visit to VIRGO

On December 9-16, 2021, Prof. Tomasz Bulik, Dr. Mariusz Suchenek and PhD student Mateusz Pietrzak made a scientific trip to VIRGO detector. Scientific visit was devoted to the servicing and conservation of infrasound sensors network in the detector area. This network is required to increase the detector’s sensitivity at…

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Agile PM course for AstroCeNT team

To successfully lead a research project, knowledge of the scientific subject is not enough. Understanding how to properly set up processes, how to most effectively organize teamwork so that it turns into synergy, is essential for every research project. From October 21 to November 10 team members of NCAC and…

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A new PhD student at AstroCeNT

On 1 October one more PhD student joined AstroCeNT. Mateusz Pietrzak is not a newcomer to AstroCeNT: he has been working in our team as a technician for some time. Cooperation with scientists has inspired him to continue his path in science, and after successfully passing his entrance exams, he…

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International Conference on Topics in Astroparticle and Underground Physics (TAUP)

The 17th International Conference on Topics in Astroparticle and Underground Physics (TAUP), one of the main biennial conferences of the experimental particle astrophysics community, will be held from August 26th to September 3rd. The conference covers recent experimental and theoretical developments in astroparticle physics, in particular: – Cosmology and particle physics – Dark matter and…

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One more master’s thesis was defended at AstoCeNT

On March 8, Mateusz Pietrzak, a student of the Warsaw University of Technology (Faculty of Electronics and Information Technology), defended his master’s thesis.
The work entitled “Monopulse acoustic radar” was carried out under the supervision of Dr.
Mariusz Suchenek, leader of the Electronics and Data Acquisition and Processing group. From September 2020, Mateusz has been working at AstroCeNT as a technician and dealing with sensors and measurements. He is working on improving the stability of quartz in clock oscillators.
Congratulations on your success, Mateusz!

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Barbara Wajnchold – New Director for Scientific Affairs at AstroCeNT

On 1 March 2021 Dr Eng. Barbara Wajnchold joined the AstroCeNT taking the newly created position of the Director for Scientific Affairs. Barbara is an experienced professional who profits from the experience of a scientist to be a high-level manager. Her research interests include mainly physics, in particular optics as…

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Einstein Telescope: Instrument Science Board kick-off

The kick-off meeting of the Instrument Science Board of Einstein Telescope project took place today. More than 60 participants took part in it. ISB was established in December 2020 by the Einstein Telescope Steering Committee. Our colleague, dr Mariusz Suchenek, leader of AstroCeNT research group 3, is one of…

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First master’s thesis in AstroCeNT

On December 11th Robert Szymko, a member of AstroCeNT team, became Robert Szymko, M.Sc.! He defended his master thesis in physics. The thesis was prepared at AstroCeNT under the supervision of prof T. Bulik and dr M. Denys. The title of the thesis was “Seismic characterization of the Virgo detector”.

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Expert meeting on machine learning

On 2 October 2019 AstroCeNT will host a meeting between experts in the field of machine learning. The goal of the of the meeting is to establish a scientific collaboration aiming at finding new methods and applications of machine learning for tele-detection and understanding of images obtained using Earth…

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AstroCeNT is present at LIDINE 2019

The LIDINE (LIght Detection In Noble Elements) conference series is one of the top experimental physics and noble liquid detector technology-oriented conferences internationally and the place where main advances in SiPM and light collection technology are presented. The objective of LIDINE is to promote discussion between members of the particle…

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Conference “Particle Astrophysics in Poland”

The 4th biennial conference “Particle Astrophysics in Poland” will be held on 20-21 May 2019 in Warsaw. It will gather members of the particle astrophysics community, and related areas of astronomy and particle cosmology, in our country. 

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Dr Sebastian Trojanowski received the award of POLITYKA

Dr Sebastian Trojanowski received scholarships from the Foundation of the Weekly Polityka 2021. Sebastian Trojanowski is a chemist, physicist, and mathematician whose research interests lie in the field of theoretical and experimental science exploring the nature of dark matter and its properties. In 2021, Dr. Sebastian joined AstroCeNT Particle Astrophysics research…

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28 October: Dark Matter Day – Polish edition

On October 31, the world celebrates the hunt for the unseen—something that scientists call dark matter. Dark Matter Day is an annual celebration involving laboratories around the world. Organized events focus on exploring the mysteries of dark matter and highlighting experiments that may bring us closer to resolving them. On…

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