This event, held every two years, involved the participation of a high number of CEFOP members, who also took part in poster exhibitions.
This year, the most important gathering of physicists in Chile was hosted by the Physics Department of La Serena University and its main aim was to bring together the greatest number of students, academics and physics researchers to discuss the latest advances in research developed in Chilean and foreign universities and centers.
Our center played an important role, led by two of our head researchers, Dr. Asticio Vargas, who was a member of the organizing team this year, and Dr. Aldo Delgado, who was on the scientific committee. In all, more than fifteen CEFOP members participated in the event.
In terms of the organization, Dr. Vargas commented that they were not expecting such a high level of attendance and were pleasantly surprised by the 300 participants, especially the young students. “Physics programs have improved their student intake, which I think influenced the increased attendance compared to last time. In addition, research centers like ours give students an opportunity to participate in such activities”, added Dr. Vargas.
Dr. Juan Pablo Staforelli, researcher in the Optical Instrumentation and Teledetection Technologies Division, was one of the speakers from our center. He described the work that is being carried out in the optical tweezers laboratory on some aspects of non-equilibrium systems and electrodynamics. “This was an opportunity to talk about our work from the perspective of what we want to achieve in the study of electrodynamics of small systems”, said the researcher.
Staforelli added that these kinds of events are essential, since they facilitate new contacts and relationships with other researchers, for example, with Prof. Luisveriz Velásquez from the Catholic University of the North, Chile, who works on the mathematical complementarity of quantum mechanics and classical mechanics with an electrodynamics focus. He is one of the professors with whom CEFOP plans to work in the future.
Another institution with which to establish collaboration ties is the University of Chile, which works with granular material: dispersed structures arranged in chambers subjected to different frequencies, which transform them into defined structures. “Our interest is to take this kind of work to optical tweezers, that is to say, microscopic interventions”, said Velásquez.