Last June 6, during an event that took place in Rome at the headquarters of the National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF), the Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni formalized Italy's candidacy to host the future detector of gravitational waves that will be built in Europe, the Einstein Telescope (ET), on the site of the former mine of Sos Enattos, in the Nuoro area, in Sardinia. The event was attended by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Antonio Tajani, the Minister of Universities and Research Anna Maria Bernini, the Minister of Labor and Social Policies Elvira Calderone, the President of the Region of Sardinia Christian Solinas, the Nobel Prize in Physics, and President of the Scientific Technical Committee appointed by the MUR to support the Italian candidacy, Giorgio Parisi, the President of the INFN, who coordinates the scientific participation in ET, Antonio Zoccoli, and were also present, among others, the Undersecretary of State to the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Alfredo Mantovano and the Italian Ambassador and Head of Delegation in the Board of Governmental Representatives of Einstein Telescope, Ettore Sequi ...
What are the goals of ETIC and what activities will be developed over the next three years of the project to enhance the Italian bid to host Einstein Telescope?ET is likely to be the largest research infrastructure to be built in Europe in the coming decades, an extremely ambitious and complex project that, neither nationally nor internationally, can be done alone. Within the various initiatives activated by our country, ETIC has a central role precisely with respect to the candidacy. Let me explain further.
The first argon in Aria's Seruci-0 plant has been successfully distilled. The result confirms the validity of the prototype plant's design performance in operation at Carbosulcis' Monte Sinni mine, in southwestern Sardinia, and paves the way for the scientific activities of DarkSide-20k, the experiment at INFN Gran Sasso National Laboratories, whose technology is based on the use of ultra-pure argon.
An Italian team of researchers from INFN, INAF, the National Institute for Astrophysics, and Stony Brook University (USA) has shown for the first time that a newly formed and rapidly rotating magnetar, that is a neutron star with an extremely high magnetic field rotating on itself many hundreds of times per second, can explain in detail the different stages of gamma-ray burst emissions, from their violent ignition to their ultimate extinction.
Black Holes, an immersive exhibit, was presented on May 31 at Città della Scienza in Naples. The exhibit was curated by INFN and Fondazione Horcynus Orca and Fondazione Messina, as part of the Di Bellezza Si Vive project, selected by the social enterprise Con i Bambini for the fund dedicated to counteracting child educational poverty, and it was designed by interaction designers Dotdotdot, with the scientific advice from researchers of the Virgo Collaboration and of the European Gravitational Observatory EGO.
First was the video Women in siSTEMa by a team from Liceo Scientifico Antonio Roiti in Ferrara. This was followed by Knowledge has no gender: physics that progresses, realised by students from IV E of Liceo Scientifico Alessandro Volta in Reggio Calabria, and Toward Big Data and Beyond by a team from Istituto di Istruzione Superiore Bachelet in Abbiategrasso (MI).
Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, may have had a more turbulent, although short-lived, past, even if today it appears less bright and active than similar black holes. This is supported by the latest result obtained through the analysis of data provided by IXPE, a space telescope resulting from a collaboration between NASA, ASI Italian Space Agency, INFN and INAF National Institute for Astrophysics. In a paper published on Wednesday, June 21, in the journal Nature, the IXPE collaboration reports that the degree of polarization of light emitted by the giant gas clouds in the vicinity of Sagittarius A*, ....
Particle physics arrives at Videocittà - Festival of Vision and Digital Culture, with the videomapping "Shapes and colours of a discovery", designed in 2022 by INFN to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Higgs boson discovery. From 13 to 16 July in the Gazometro industrial complex in Rome, a show of lights, shapes and sounds will transform the facade of one of the factories, taking spectators inside the CERN laboratory, into the LHC accelerator where protons run, and in front of ATLAS and CMS experiments that observe collisions, among which is the Higgs boson. ...
The President of the Council of Ministers, Giorgia Meloni, at the presentation of Italy’s candidacy to host the Einstein Telescope, 6 th June 2023. © Presidenza del Consiglio, licenza CC-BY-NC-SA 3.0 IT
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