Outreach in English

8 March 2024: Madrid Es Ciencia Fair 2024

At our participation in the Madrid Es Ciencia Fair on 8 March 2024, attendees explored the fundamental concepts of light trapping in a workshop, immersing themselves in a journey through the physics of materials and the development of devices that harness light to revolutionize contemporary technologies. By creating two opposing mirrors, we created an infinite mirror that served as an analogy for the functioning of an optical cavity. We also presented a prototype developed in our laboratories, where we investigate new materials that interact significantly with photons trapped in microcavities.

Madrid Es Ciencia Fair 2024

 

10 February 2024: IFIMAC’s Physics Fair on International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2024

This year, on February 10th, we celebrated the International Day of Women and Girls in Science with a science fair held at the UAM Science Faculty. Over 220 attendees immersed themselves in the realms of soft and hard matter, and optics. Participants of all ages joined our researchers in engaging activities such as extracting DNA from a banana, constructing batteries, manipulating light, delving into nanomaterials, exploring low-temperature physics, and uncovering the mysteries of quantum physics in the classical world.

IFIMAC’s Physics Fair on International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2024

 

17 November 2023: Lab in your mobile

In this activity, we explored the world around us using the PhyPhox app on our mobiles. Paloma Arroyo Huidobro, Alejandro Caballero Domínguez, Amalia Coro, Jaime Echave-Sustaeta Osuna, Diego Martín Cano, Miguel Ángel Martínez García and Ferry Prins showed a series of experiments to learn about the different sensors in our smartphone and how it can be used as a small laboratory.

Lab in your mobile

 

17 November 2023: Science and Popcorn – Introduction to light

In this activity, the students watched our video Seriously, what exactelly is light?”. After some popcorn and a few questions, Carlos Antón Solanas and Carlos Sanchez Muñoz showed the students how light behaves and how its properties can help us discover the nature of things.

Science and Popcorn - Introduction to light

 

8 November 2023: Science and Popcorn – Introduction to 2D materials

In this activity, the students watched our video “How to Create a One Atom Thick Material and Why They Are Revolutionary“. After some popcorn and a few questions, Pablo Ares García, Yolanda Manzanares Negro and Beatriz Viña Bausa helped the students to exfoliate graphite to obtain monolayers, which they observed under the microscope. They went home with their own sample and new knowledge about 2D materials!

Science and Popcorn - Introduction to 2D materials

 

The European Researcher’s Night 2023

The European Researchers’ Night of 2023 took place on September 29th at Cantoblanco campus’s Plaza Mayor. IFIMAC participated with its activities under the title “Exploring the Energy of the Future,” with the collaboration of a team composed of researchers and students: Celia Polop Jorda, Ferry Prins, Jesús Diaz Sánchez, Enrique Arévalo Rodríguez, Amalia Coro González, Arturo Galindo Sanz, Laura Rojo Guerrero, Lucía Romero Sánchez, Lucía Mejía Sáez y Pablo Rivas Muro.

During the event, participants had the opportunity to build an electric battery using everyday materials, observing how the chemical energy stored in the battery was transformed into electrical energy when lighting a small LED.

Additionally, attendees were able to witness the operation of a solar car and test it by competing with other cars on a track illuminated by spotlights simulating sunlight. Participants learned about the conversion of light into charge carriers and how its energy is transformed into electricity to propel the car. Finally, the audience became acquainted with the latest advances in the field of photovoltaic energies through a demonstration of a light concentrator.

The European Researcher’s Night 2023

 

Promoting Science to Young Children

Promoting science to young children is a wonderful initiative that can stimulate their curiosity, encourage critical thinking, and foster a love of learning. IFIMAC members have conducted workshops at CEIP Alfredo Di Stefano and CEIP Principe de Asturias with children aged 4/5 and 6/7 respectively. The “Invisible Forces” workshop introduced the students to magnetism, electricity, and surface tension, while the “What is colour?” workshop explored light and how we can see different colours from its spectrum.

Promoting Science to Young Children

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2023

On Saturday, February 11, 2023, IFIMAC organized a series of workshops in the heart of Madrid (La Corrala, UAM) to celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. This event brought together over 200 participants who had the opportunity to explore the fascinating fields of soft and hard matter and optics. The event provided an excellent opportunity to inspire curiosity and interest in science, welcoming people of all ages who engaged in our activities alongside our woman researchers. During the event, the audience had the chance to investigate the behavior of soft materials such as liquids and gels through practical experiments and to understand the impact of applications arising from this field of research. They also had the opportunity to explore the transformation of matter from one state to another with scientists in the “hard matter” workshop. In the optics workshop, participants played with light to uncover its secrets, spectrally separating light to reveal all its colors and unveiling some of the mysteries hidden in everyday objects like olive oil.

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2023

 

Celebrating Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2023

 

In this video, Ferry Prins tells us more about the science behind the 2023 Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to Moungi G. Bawendi, Louis E. Brus and Alexey Ekimov, “for the discovery and synthesis of quantum dots.

 

 

Celebrating Nobel Prize in Physics 2023

 

In this video, Alicia Palacios tells us more about the science behind the 2023 Nobel Prize in Physics awarded to Anne L’Huillier, Ferenc Krausz and Pierre Agostini, “for experimental methods that generate attosecond pulses of light for the study of electron dynamics in matter”.

 

 

How a Quantum Bit is made? Artificial Atoms

 

Quantum computers are a technological revolution… But, how exactly are they put into practice? How are quantum bits created in real life? In this video we will take a journey that will lead us to understanding the transmon, the qubit used by companies such as IBM or Google to make their quantum computers work.

Big thanks to Celia, Eduardo and Alfredo for their excellent work together with QuantumFracture!

Tip: Turn the online English subtitle in Youtube.

 

 

 

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IFIMAC Day 2022 “10 years of IFIMAC” – Talks Session

 

“I would like to thank the IFIMAC researchers for their contribution to a very successful IFIMAC day in spite of the heat wave. It has been truly motivating to see so many young (and not so young…) faces eager to know about the activity of IFIMAC during the last 10 years and to present their current research. The Collaborative Projects have been one of the key activities funded by our Maria de Maeztu Research Excellence awards, and the talks showed how they have strongly contributed to create collaborations and synergies that are going to be crucial in our future. We really need the spirit shown by the IFIMAC researchers and their involvement in the centre’s activities to materialize the interesting opportunities that lay ahead.” – Rubén Pérez Pérez (IFIMAC Director)

 

 

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Seriously, What Exactly Is Light?

 

Light is one of the most fascinating and enigmatic “substances” in the Universe. Is it a wave or a bunch of particles? Get ready, because today we take a journey through optics, electromagnetism and quantum physics.

 

 

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How Did The Most Powerful Scanning Tunneling Microscope In The World End Up In Spain?

 

How was it possible to visualize atoms for the first time in the history? Development and application of microscopy from the beginning to the present.

 

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Seriously, what is the Light?

Light is one of the most fascinating and enigmatic “substances” in the Universe. Is it a wave or a collection of particles? Get ready, because today we take a trip through optics, electromagnetism and quantum physics.

 

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With the financial support from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation and Agencia Estatal de investigación, through the “María de Maeztu” Programme for Units of Excellence in R&D (CEX2018-000805-M)

Superconductors and Superfluids in Action

 

In this video, we show superconductors and superfluids in action, and reveal the quantum origin of their striking mechanical properties.

 

 

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Quantum material whose temperature is reduced if it is exposed to the sun

 

It is possible to manufacture a material with different layers, and also it is possible to change its emission of the electromagnetic waves to a point in which the air is not capable of absorbing its energy. In this way the material can be used as a cooling system.

 

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How Did The Most Powerful Scanning Tunneling Microscope In The World End Up In Spain?

 

 

How was it possible to visualize atoms for the first time in the history? Development and application of microscopy from the beginning to the present.

 

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With the financial support from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation and Agencia Estatal de investigación, through the “María de Maeztu” Programme for Units of Excellence in R&D (CEX2018-000805-M)

The Crystal That Feeds on Entropy I What is Entropy?

 

Outreach Video in Collaboration with Quantum Fracture “The Crystal That Feeds on Entropy. What is Entropy?” New IFIMAC outreach video in collaboration with Quantum Fracture “The Crystal That Feeds on Entropy. What is Entropy?”. More to appear soon! We would like to thank Rafael D. Buscalioni and Marc Meléndez and QuantumFracture’s​ for their contribution to this video.

 

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Documentary about Condensed Matter Physics: So Close and Such a Stranger

 

IFIMAC researchers from Universidad Autonoma de Madrid has released a YouTube video on the value of Condensed Matter physics. The researchers who produced the video have also formed an outreach program: The So Close Project. Seeking to show that important advances come from “little questions that lead to big answers,” winners of a 2014 APS Public Outreach Grant have released a YouTube documentary showing the importance of condensed matter physics in everyday life. The video, “Condensed Matter Physics: So Close and Such a Stranger,” was directed by Elsa Prada, Isabel Guillamón, and Enrique Sahagún from the Faculty of Sciences at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid in Spain.

 

 

Hydrogen Makes Graphene Magnetic

 

This is an illustrative video describing Héctor González-Herrero et al., work “Atomic-scale control of graphene magnetism using hydrogen atoms”, published in Science.

 

 

Quantized thermal transport in single-atom junctions

 

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