"COSMO" WHAT NEXT: INFN ESTABLISHES THE PRIORITIES IN ASTROPARTICLE PHYSICS RESEARCH
interview with Antonio Masiero, deputy head of INFN, professor of theoretical physics at University of Padova.
Professor Masiero, the new frontiers of particle physics today encroach on fields that traditionally belong to cosmology and astrophysics. Already from the imminent start up of the LHC particle physicists are expecting important information about the nature of dark matter. What led to this widening of the horizon?
First of all, I would like to say that this is neither a change of direction nor a sudden widening of our research horizons. It is a process which takes place in the more general context of What Next, the path of prioritisation of future research of the institution, in progress since 2014. The commitment in areas in which we still do not have a specific presence is due, on the one hand, to a cultural interest justified by the relationship that these issues have with those of INFN's research, and on the other, the awareness that our specific know-how can provide an important contribution to research in this area.
Strictly speaking, moreover, our particle physics started out as cosmic ray physics and the union between microcosm and macrocosm is part of INFN's research mandate. The first accelerator used by physicists to study particles was precisely the cosmos, but even after the development of accelerators, we continued with an intense program of cosmic ray physics. ..
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