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NEWSLETTER 52

Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics

OCTOBER 2018


PEOPLE

OCTOBER 2018

WHAT NEXT TTA. THE INSTITUTION I'M WISHING FOR.
Interview with Roberto Gomezel, national representative of Technological, Technical and Administrative staff


On 11 and 12 October, "What Next TTA” L’Ente che vorrei” (The Institution I'm wishing for) took place in Bologna. This was the final event of an effort which lasted for several months, involving over a hundred people in INFN, to identify and select operational proposals to improve scientific research support services. We talked about this experience, which was in many ways innovative and interesting also for its radically bottom-up approach, with Roberto Gomezel, national representative of INFN Technological, Technical and Administrative staff.


What is What Next TTA?
It is a project that stems from the Staff General Meeting, consisting of representatives of the Technological, Technical and Administrative staff of INFN facilities, which led to the establishment of a working group to study the possibility of improving technical and administrative work through the sharing of good practices, the optimisation of those already existing, the recovery and sharing of unused skills and the standardisation of procedures. In short, the project aims to investigate the possibilities of "networking" to improve the efficiency and quality of work, and the well-being of those who carry it out, and to allow ever greater excellence in scientific research and the activities in which INFN is engaged. ...

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NEWS


RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURES

LST-1, THE FIRST CTA TELESCOPE, INAUGURATED

LST-1, the Large-Sized Telescope, prototype of the four LSTs planned on the north site of the CTA, Cherenkov Telescope Array, was inaugurated on 10 October at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory on the island of La Palma in the Canary Islands. LST-1 is, in fact, the first telescope on a CTA site. CTA is a global initiative, in which Italy is participating with INFN and INAF (Italian National Institute for ...

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EXPERIMENTS

DARK MATTER: THE PADME EXPERIMENT STARTED THE DATA TAKING PHASE

On October 4th, the experiment PADME (Positron nnihilation into Dark Matter Experiment) for the search of dark matter entered the data acquisition phase thus concluding the commissioning period. PADME will study the interactions produced by positrons accelerated to the energy of 550 MeV from the linear accelerator (LINAC), of the INFN National Laboratories of Frascati. Its goal is to find an hypothetical particle called the “dark photon”. The experiment is based on a hypothesis advanced by some theoretical ...

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INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATIONS

INFN ACQUIRES AN INTEREST IN THE COMPANY XFEL

On Friday, 5 October, the deed of acquisition of the European XFEL shareholdings (corresponding to 723 shares, each of the value of one euro, equal to 2.89% of the share capital) was signed. With this acquisition Italy, together with INFN and CNR - the Italian National Research Council - formally acquires an ...

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INSTITUTIONS

THE INSTITUTE FOR FUNDAMENTAL PHYSICS OF THE UNIVERSE OPENS IN TRIESTE

Recent discoveries, like the accelerated expansion of the Universe, Higgs boson and gravitational waves, associated to high precision observations of the cosmic micro-wave background conducted by the Planck satellite and to the increasingly detailed large-scale mapping of the structure of the Universe, ...

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AWARDS

THE APS DANNIE HEINEMAN PRIZE TO FRANCESCO CALOGERO

The American Physical Society (APS) has awarded the Dannie Heineman Award for Mathematical Physics 2019 to the Italian scientist Francesco Calogero, Professor Emeritus of Theoretical Physics at the Physics Department of Sapienza University of Rome, where he spent his entire scientific career, and researcher associated to INFN. Together with Calogero, the French Michel Gaudin and the ...

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OUTREACH

A MULTIMESSENGER ROOM AT PALAIS DE TOKYO IN PARIS

On Air is the personal exhibition of Tomás Saraceno, the Argentinian artist among the protagonists of the Gravity exhibition, curated by MAXXI, INFN and ASI - Italian Space Agency - and proposed until 6 May last in the MAXXI exhibition area in Rome, with great public acclaim; the exhibition was inaugurated on 15 October and will be open to the public until 6 January 2019, at the Palais de Tokyo of Paris. ...

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FOCUS


BOREXINO: OVER 10 YEARS OF SCIENTIFIC SUCCESSES

 

After more than ten years from the beginning of its scientific activity focused on the internal structure of the Sun, which gave an understanding of the power mechanism of our star with unprecedented detail, the Borexino experiment at the INFN Gran Sasso National Laboratories, on October 25th, published on Nature the compendium of its results on solar neutrinos. With this publication, Borexino crowns a long history of measurements and experimental investigations, which led the experiment, on the one hand, to investigate in detail the mechanism of energy production in the Sun and, on the other, to study in the region of low energy (from a few MeV down to less than 1 MeV) the so-called neutrinos oscillation phenomenon, i.e. the transformation of neutrinos from one type (flavor) into another. Borexino is a large liquid scintillator detector, featuring about 1,300 tons of scintillator, 2,400 tons of water and 2,200 photomultipliers. The success of Borexino comes as a result of a 15 year long R&D study carried out by the collaboration to develop the best techniques of scintillator purification, allowing to reach and exceed the required levels of radiopurity. Immersed in the cosmic silence of the underground Gran Sasso Laboratories, from the moment of the data taking start-up, in May 2007, ... ...

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INFORMATION AND CONTACT


cover image:

LST-1, the first Large-Sized Telescope in the north site of the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA)

 

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