La Palma gathered international experts in particle physics at the AMS Days

The AMS Collaboration (Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer) gathered in La Palma, between 9th and 13th April, a hundred national and international experts to share information about the AMS experiment, located on the International Space Station (ISS). AMS Days, a congress organized by the Astrophysics Institute of the Canary Islands (IAC) with the support of the AMS group of the CIEMAT Basic Research Department, has permitted to analyze and debate on AMS results.

AMS is a particle detector installed in May 2011 on the ISS to search for dark matter and antimatter in cosmic rays. After almost seven years of data collection, AMS has detected more than 115 billion cosmic rays. From them, precision measurements of energy flows from elementary particles and nuclei have been made, obtaining till TeV values (teraelectronvolt). The broad statistics and high accuracy of the AMS measurements are providing information of great relevance in the cosmic ray physics field.

During AMS days congress, responsible for other cosmic ray experiments (CALET, DAMPE, ICE-Cube, Pierre Auger, TA, HESS, HAWC, ...) and theoretical physicists of recognized prestige, within this field of physics, have contrasted and compared the experimental results and analyzed their interpretation within the existing theoretical models.

AMS is an international collaboration led by the Nobel Prize in Physics (1976) Samuel CC Ting (MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology), where scientists from more than thirty laboratories and universities in Europe, Asia and the United States participate. On the Spanish side, the collaborating institutes in AMS are the CIEMAT and the IAC. Both institutes have participated in the design, construction and testing of the detector, and currently contribute to the operation and maintenance tasks of AMS in the ISS and in the scientific exploitation of the data.

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