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Brazil, France and Switzerland are finalists of the International Physicists’ Tournament

This Friday, France could win the International Physicists’ Tournament (IPT) for the fourth time.

The delegations of France and Switzerland won their respective semifinals and qualified for the final of the tournament to be held this Friday, May 13, starting at 8:00 a.m. at the Agora of the Faculty of Human Sciences.

The two European countries will compete against Brazil, a team that qualified directly to the decisive stage after taking first place in the first phase of the Physics World Cup.

“The Brazilian group is very young, very committed to what they do and they are very good at learning and communicating with their colleagues,” said Leandro R. Tessler, professor of Physics at the University of Campinas (Unicamp), the institution where the six members of the team are studying.

Lucas Nogueira, Leonardo Falabella, Higor Rafael C. Vasques, Alvaro Ribas, Gustavo Froés and Joao Pedro C. Minchillo are the participants from Brazil. This delegation comes from the University of Campinas (Unicamp), located in Sao Paulo.

In Thursday’s semifinal France defeated Ukraine and Germany, while Switzerland beat Sweden and Poland.

“The IPT is very interesting because we have been working on physical problems for the last eight months and now in the competition we see the solutions of other countries to complement each other,” said Benjamin Allouche, a junior on the French team.

Antoine Lacan, Alexis Bonnafont, Valentin C. Perez, Julien Tang and Mattia Mauro are the other French representatives from the École Polytechnique.

The Swiss are represented by Tobia Fjellman, Rayan Harfouche, Yannis Ulrich, Jan Jakub Frybes, Pavlo Kashko and Elias Rothlin. They study at the École Polytechnique Féderale Lausanne (EPFL).

If Brazil wins the title, it would be the first time a non-European team is crowned at the International Physicists’ Tournament (IPT). Switzerland is going for its third championship, following those won in 2013 and 2018. France will try for its fourth trophy, after 2014, 2016 and 2019.

The Swiss defeated the teams from Sweden and Poland in the semifinals.
Brazil qualified directly to the final and if it wins tomorrow, it would be the first time a non-European country has won the IPT.