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Physics "Aldo Pontremoli"

The Department of Physics "Aldo Pontremoli" hosts research activities in various domains of fundamental and applied Physics such as Astrophysics, Theoretical Physics, Nanotechnologies, Optics, Particle Physics, Nuclear Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Physics of Plasmas, Accelerator Physics, Physics of Complex Systems, Environmental and Cultural Heritage Physics, and Medical Physics.

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Letters from Nobel Laureates

At the beginning of January, tidying up a bookcase in the Department of Physics, one of our students found out some documents regarding outstanding scientists of the past. This piece of news aroused the curiosity of a journalist and a piece was published on Corriere della Sera last January 19.


ERC "DARKLIGHT" project led by Luigi Guzzo was concluded

At the end of 2017, the Darklight project led by Luigi Guzzo, Professor of Cosmology in this Department, was officially concluded. The project has been supported by a 1.7 million euro Advanced Research Grant awarded in 2012 by the European Research Council (ERC).

From D. Pini

A quantum clustering transition

A simulation of a one-dimensional gas of bosons interacting by soft repulsive forces unveils a quantum phase transition triggered by cluster formation.


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TESLA Technology Collaboration Meeting

The TESLA Technology Collaboration brings together the institutions that develop superconductivity for particle acceleration. Born from the push of high energy physics (TESLA), it has made possible the realization of the analytical machines that will film the biochemical processes and of the power ones for a clean energy. The annual meeting is hosted by the Physics Department on Feb. 06-09 2018 and concludes with two public seminars (and streamed) on the new potential opened up by the development of TESLA Technology.

Electromagnetic counterpart to gravitational wave emission detected

On the 16th of October 2017 two press conferences have announced an historical discovery: the simultaneous detection of gravitational waves and electromagnetic waves from a gamma-ray burst. The event, caused by the merger of two neutron stars, marks the beginning of a new era: the era of gravitational wave astronomy.

2017 Nobel Prize in Physics

The 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish, and Kip S. Thorne "for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves".

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