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Fundamental and Applied Nuclear Physics

Description of the research Group

The Fundamental and Applied Nuclear Physics group of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, Brescia University, is involved in both fundamental and applied physics research.

Research activities
  • Containment of radiological risk in a radioactive ion beam production plant for fundamental research and diagnostic medical applications: the working group will continue the study of the dosimetry aspects related to the use of the SPES accelerating machine (Selective Production of Exotic Species), a second generation facility for the production of radioactive ion beams under development at the Laboratories National of Legnaro (LNL) of the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN). The research activities are carried out in collaboration with the SPES Project at the INFN National Laboratories of Legnaro.
  • Study and characterization of the beams of radioactive ions produced by the SPES accelerating machine: in the context of the research group's collaboration with the R&D program on INFN's SPES project, the first beams of neutron-rich radioactive ions produced by the apparatus will be studied and put into operation at the end of 2019. The research activities are carried out in collaboration with the SPES Project at the INFN National Laboratories of Legnaro.
  • Radio-resistance of non-metallic materials in nuclear reactor radiation fields: experimental studies of radio-resistance of polymeric materials irradiated in neutron fields of nuclear reactor are underway. These data, fundamental for the construction of new generation nuclear facilities, are currently extremely scarce. The work began in 2015 in collaboration with the SPES project of the National Laboratories of Legnaro of INFN, dedicated to the elastomers used for the construction of vacuum O-rings. 
  • Use of cosmic rays for the development of civil applications: cosmic rays are particles that come from the space and continually affect our planet by interacting with the molecules of the upper atmosphere and generating cascades of secondary particles. In recent years, several research groups, including our own, are evaluating the use of cosmic rays for the development of civil applications. In particular, our group has participated in two European projects for the inspection, by means of cosmic rays, of trucks entering still mills and of blast furnaces. In the coming years the possibility of developing a system able to monitor the static stability of historic buildings will be evaluated. The research activities are carried out in collaboration with other Italian groups of the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN).
  • Study of nuclear matter in conditions of extreme density and temperature: the ALICE experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN has as its main objective the study of nuclear matter in the conditions of extreme density and temperature that are produced in ultra-relativistic collisions between heavy ions. s. Our research group has been participating in the ALICE experiment since 2015 and will continue its collaboration in the coming years, dealing with data analysis especially in the research of phenomena and particles not covered by the Standard Model of particles. Research activities are carried out at CERN in Geneva.
  • Study of the gravitational interaction between matter and antimatter: the AEgIS experiment at CERN aims to demonstrate for the first time the validity (or not) of the principle of equivalence between matter and antimatter. Experimental verification consists in carrying out a direct measurement of the acceleration of gravity on an anti-hydrogen beam, to understand if the gravitational interaction between matter and antimatter is the same that between matter and matter or not. Research activities are carried out at CERN in Geneva.
Keywords

Experimental Fondamental Applied Physics