NEWSLETTER 88 | Dicembre 2021

Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare

PEOPLE

IL CERN NEI 70 DELL'INFN
Intervista a Fabiola Gianotti, direttore generale del CERN

From the founding of the Italian Institute for Nuclear Physics, on 8 August 1951, to today, the history of research into fundamental physics in Italy has known seventy years of excellence that led to historic results and discoveries. Rooted in the intertwining of two research currents, the physics of atomic nuclei and the study of cosmic particles, INFN was set up a short time after the founding of particle physics, constituting, right from the start, a solid base for the scientific successes that followed in subsequent years, in Italy and in the context of increasingly wide international collaborations. Three years after the founding of INFN, Europe joined its forces focusing on a single research goal: founding an international research centre for high-energy physics. CERN was, thus, founded in Geneva in 1954. From that moment, it accompanied the whole INFN research path in the field of high-energy physics, with extraordinary results, up to the most recent, in 2012: the discovery of the Higgs boson, which was awarded a Nobel Prize. The protagonists of the opening event celebrating 70 years of INFN, “ 70 years of understanding the universe”, which was held at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome on 29 September 2021, included the director-general of CERN, Fabiola Gianotti. She re-traced the fundamental steps in the adventure that led to the discovery of the Higgs boson and that, today, paves the way for research into new frontiers of science and technology in the field of fundamental physics. Below is the transcription of the whole interview.
Almost ten years ago, in 2012, you were head of the ATLAS experiment that, alongside the CMS experiment, announced the discovery of the Higgs boson. How did we get there? It took 30 years. This is the time that passed from the very first ideas about the Large Hadron Collider in 1984 to the discovery of the Higgs boson in 2012. In my opinion, this discovery is emblematic of the way in which the scientific community works in our field. ...

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MIGLIAIA DI STUDENTI E STUDENTESSE ALLA SCOPERTA DELLA RADIOATTIVITÀ E DEI RAGGI COSMICI
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IL NOBEL PER LA FISICA GIORGIO PARISI AL FESTIVAL DELLE SCIENZE DI ROMA

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IL FISICO CHE VISSE DUE VOLTE: A 100 ANNI DALLA NASCITA, UN SIMPOSIO RICORDA BRUNO TOUSCHEK

1921-2021: on the hundredth anniversary of his birth, INFN, the Sapienza University of Rome and the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei celebrated Bruno Touschek and his scientific legacy. A brilliant Austrian physicist, thanks to his ingenious insights and fruitful initiative, Touschek wrote a decisive chapter in the history of physics, and particularly marked the history of particle accelerators, creating the first accumulation ring, ...

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FINO AL 27 FEBBRAIO 2022 – PROSEGUONO LA MOSTRA INCERTEZZA E IL SUO PROGRAMMA DI EVENTI PUBBLICI

The exhibition curated by INFN "Uncertainty. Interpreting the present, predicting the future" continues at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome. The exhibition, dedicated to the theme of uncertainty and how science has learned to understand and "manage" it, is part of the wider Palaexpo special project "Three Stations for Art and Science", promoted by Roma Culture, which includes the exhibitions "La Scienza di Roma" and "Ti con Zero"...


Cover image The drawing “Magnetic discussion” by Bruno Touschek.

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