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  Research Lines


Galaxies and AGNs

We conduct multi-wavelength observational investigations to understand the growth of super-massive black holes and the interplay with galaxy evolution. In addition we also collaborate in the design and development of future astronomical instruments, particularly X-ray astronomy missions such as Athena.

Observational Cosmology

We study the origin and evolution of the universe through cosmological observations including the Cosmic Microwave Background and the galaxy distribution. We participate in the design and development of instrumentation and in the analysis of astronomical data in collaborations such as QUIJOTE and PLANCK.

Particle Physics

We study the fundamental constituents of matter and the laws that describe its dynamics by performing experiments using powerful particle accelerators and complex detectors. We collaborate in the CMS experiment of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

Advanced Computing

We develop and deploy advanced HPC, grid and cloud computing software and middleware to solve complex scientific problems in several disciplines. We participate in international initiatives in the framework of the European Open Science Cloud, such as EGI and INDIGO-DataCloud.

Nonlinear Dynamics

We investigate nonlinear and stochastic phenomena in physical systems using both theoretical/computational and experimental methods. We are especially interested in high-dimensional chaos and collective behaviour, noise and fluctuations in physical systems, and nonlinear effects in  semiconductor lasers.

Meteorology and Data Mining

We study regional climate variability analyzing huge amounts of data (from observations and model simulations) using statistical and machine learning techniques, focusing on seasonal forecasting and climate change. We participate in international collaborations such as CORDEX and COPERNICUS.


  Management of Infraestructures


Astronomical Observatory of Cantabria

Facility of the Department of the Environment of the Government of Cantabria, managed by the public society MARE and the University of Cantabria through the IFCA.

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National Grid Initiative

Integrate computational resources with the aim of creating a virtual and distributed computing infrastructure, allowing the interconnection of computer resource centers in Spain, as well as their integration into the EGI.

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Community Office

The Institute hosts the Community office of ESA´s mission Athena (Advanced Telescope for High ENergy Astrophysics). ACO provides support in organisation, communication and outreach for the Athena community.

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  Excellence Plan 2020

  • Joint Centre with the combined effort of Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and University of Cantabria (UC)

    Instituto de Física de Cantabria
    Edificio Juan Jordá
    Avenida de los Castros, s/n
    E-39005 Santander
    Cantabria, Spain

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