THE NATIONAL LABORATORIES OF FRASCATI, CRADLE OF ACCELERATORS PHYSICS IN ITALY
Interview with Pierluigi Campana, director of the National Laboratories of Frascati
Pierluigi Campana is the new director of the National Laboratories of Frascati, one of the four INFN National Laboratories, symbol of the tradition of accelerator physics in our country. It was precisely in Frascati in the 60s that the electron synchrotron and the Accumulation Ring (Anello di Accumulazione - ADA - in Italian), the prototype of future accelerators in which particle beams collide to produce new particles, were built. Ada is named after the aunt of Austrian physicist Bruno Touschek, the scientist who conceived such a revolutionary idea and guided its construction. Transferred in France after its construction, and tested in the Linear Accelerator Laboratory in Orsay (LAL), the machine is the ancestor of current particle accelerators, such as the giant Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva.
What type of research are the Frascati Laboratories currently engaged in and what are the main experiments?
The Frascati Laboratories, due to the long tradition in accelerator physics, are engaged in multiple lines of research. For over a decade we have been working on DAFNE, a low energy electron and positron collider with which we study some of the symmetries that govern the particle world and the structure of the strong interactions between the lighter quarks. ...
EARCH FOR GRAVITATIONAL WAVES: INFN-CNRS AGREEMENT SIGNED FOR THE EGO CONSORTIUM
On 18 September, renewal of the agreement between INFN and CNRS for the Italian-French consortium EGO (European Gravitational Observatory), which manages the VIRGO experiment, the interferometer for the study of gravitational waves based in Italy, in Cascina, in the countryside near Pisa, was signed. Signing of the agreement coincides with the beginning ...
FINAL PREPARATIONS FOR XFEL, EUROPEAN INFRASTRUCTURE THAT WILL SPY THE SECRETS OF THE NANOWORLD
The injector of the XFEL (X ray-Free Electron Laser), among the most important projects of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) roadmap, ...
EUROPEAN RESEARCHERS NIGHT, INFN LABORATORIES AND DIVISIONS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Also this year, 25 September was the European Researchers' Night, now in its tenth edition. Dozens of initiatives organised throughout Italy - in the context of major outreach projects, SHARPER, DREAMS, TRACKS, funded by the European Commission - by the INFN sections and National Laboratories. ...