October 26, 2021, 11:00 a.m. (ARG) – Inauguration of the QUBIC Integration Laboratory at CNEA Regional Noroeste.
With the presence of the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation of the Nation, Lic. Daniel Filmus, the Minister of Education, Culture, Science and Technology of the Province of Salta, Mag. Matías Canepa, the President of the CONICET, Dr. Ana Franchi, Mrs. President of CNEA, Dr. Adriana Serquis and the representatives of the Board of Directors of QUBIC in Argentina, Drs. Alberto Etchegoyen and Gustavo Romero, the QUBIC Integration Laboratory was inaugurated.
This is a fundamental step for the installation of the instrument that seeks to analyze the traces of the primordial gravitational waves, which occurred 13,800 million years ago, linked to the moment of universal inflation.
Photo gallery HERE (Credits: CNEA Presidence).
QUBIC (Q-U Bolometric Interferometer for Cosmology) is an international project of experimental cosmology that aims to measure the B-mode in the polarization of microwave background radiation (CMB, for Cosmic Microwave Background), in order to discover what happened in the first moments after the birth of the Universe. Mode B of polarization would be related to primordial gravitational waves, predicted by the Inflationary Theory, a modification of the Big Bang Theory, which predicts an exponential expansion in the first moments of life of the Universe.
The project is carried out by an international collaboration that involves institutions from France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Ireland, the United States and the Argentine Republic. Our country was chosen as the site of the first instrument, which will be located in the Alto Chorrillos area, Salta Province, at 4,900 meters above sea level – a site that will also house the Argentine-Brazilian radio telescope LLAMA (Large Latin American Millimiter Array) -. In this way, the Argentine Northwest will become a center of scientific attraction at a national, regional and global level.