Technological and inter-disciplinary research
CSN5 coordinates technological research and promotion of the use of fundamental physics instruments, methods and technologies in other sectors. The INFN is a firm point of reference in Italy and worldwide for the development of next-generation prototypes and the production of today’s particle accelerators. These are used not only in fundamental physics research projects, but also in other areas of research and economic and social life. Another branch of activity involves the development of radiation detectors, electronic and computer systems in close collaboration with other centres and as part of inter-disciplinary research projects. All these technologies have significant socio-economic impacts, for instance in the fields of medical imaging, hadron therapy to treat cancer, the development of radiotherapy treatment plans with protons and ions and protection of the cultural and environmental heritage.