Instituto de Física Corpuscular
The Instituto de Física Corpuscular is a joint centre between the Spanish Research Council (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, CSIC) and the University of Valencia devoted to research in Nuclear, Particle and Astroparticle Physics and its applications to Medical Physics and to other fields of Science and Technology.
In July 1985 started what can be considered the recent period of the Instituto de Física Corpuscular when the University of Valencia and CSIC signed a cooperation agreement by which a joint institute of shared ownership was created under the regulations provided by the framework cooperation agreement between both organizations that had been signed at the end of 1983. This joint centre kept its previous name in order to honour the tradition of Valencia in the field of Nuclear and Particle Physics that already at that time had more than 30 years of history.
In the new institute converged experimental and theoretical physicists and, in addition to the lecturers and professors of the University of Valencia, this institute was joined in the following years by Spanish and foreign researchers who worked in several institutions from abroad.
IFIC’s researchers participate in several experiments in Particle, Astroparticle and Nuclear Physics as well as in the applications of this disciplines to other fields of Science and Technology. A good fraction of our scientists participate in the ATLAS and LHCb experiments at CERN and in the preparation for the future accelerator ILC. The group of e-Science participates in the GRID for the LHC and in other activities of distributed computing. In Astroparticle Physic the work is focused on the neutrino telescopes ANTARES and KM3NeT and in Neutrino Physics, in the NEXT and T2K experiments. In Nuclear Physics, we participate in the AGATA experiment in the future accelerator FAIR and in the nTOF experiment at CERN. Finally, the group of Medical Physics carries out several activities related mainly to medical imaging. The Environmental Radioactivity Laboratory (LARAM) carry out research in the field of environmental radioactivity and radiological protection.
IFIC’s researchers develop their work in a wide variety of topics in Theoretical Physics, such as the phenomenological aspects of the Standard Model, in theories beyond this model, in Nuclear and Many-Body Physics, in Astroparticle Physics and Cosmology. Both formal aspects of Quantum Field Theory and the phenomenology of nature’s fundamental interactions are investigated in the whole range of available energies both in present and future experiments.