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Josep Maria Paredes is a full professor and Head of the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the UB, where he coordinates the High Energy Astrophysics research group. He received the 2000 City of Barcelona Award in the area of scientific research for his description of a high-energy gamma-ray-emitting persistent microquasar, a stellar object with unique properties discovered in the LS 5039 binary system of our galaxy. His main research interests are the multispectral study of galactic high-energy sources, using terrestrial and space-based equipment, and the modelling of emission processes in a range of scenarios (jets, shocks, interaction with the interstellar medium, etc.) to improve our understanding of particle acceleration processes and radiation mechanisms in the non-thermal Universe. Since 2006 he has been an active member of the MAGIC Collaboration Board, which operates the largest Cherenkov telescope in the world for the detection of galactic and extra-galactic gamma rays.
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