The IX ATAC and NTAC Review Meeting at CSNS 2017

IX Chinese Spallation Neutron Source International Advisory Committee Review Meeting took place from December 18-20, 2017 at CSNS Site, Dongguan, China

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7th – 8th November 2017, Villa Wolkonsky and Centro Fermi – Museo Storico della Fisica e Centro Studi e Ricerche Enrico Fermi


Neutrons Matter, the seventh edition of the International Workshop on Electron-volt Neutron Spectroscopy, celebrates the 85th anniversary of the discovery of the neutron by James Chadwick, and the 80th anniversary of the patent issued by the Ministero delle Corporazioni on 27th October 1937 to Enrico Fermi for the use of neutrons to enhance artificial radioactivity. The last discovery took place at the Istituto di Fisica di Via Panisperna at the very heart of Rome. Following a successful sixth edition of this workshop series in the United Kingdom in 2014, we aim to bring to the fore and highlight the most recent (and quite exciting) advances in the field, with an emphasis on the use of the technique across condensed matter research, as well as the concurrent use of contemporary computational materials modelling. The workshop will be held in Rome, in the beautiful setting of Villa Wolkonsky and at the Centro Fermi – Museo Storico della Fisica e Centro Studi e Ricerche Enrico Fermi.

Programme and Lectures 

Dr Kacper Druzbicki of the Adam Mickiewicz University received the “NEUTRONS MATTER” Medal and Prize




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Seminar: “New compact laser-based high energy particles sources”

neutronsProf. Markus Roth ,

Institute for Nuclear Physics, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany

“New compact laser-based high energy particles sources

25th May  at 14:30  

Location: Grassano Room, Via Ricerca Scientifica 1, 00133

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Summer School TOV at STFC – ISIS

Six master students of the University of Rome Tor Vergata received a hands-on training in neutron scattering as part of the course on “Modern Applied Physics”, under the guidance of Prof. R. Senesi.

They had the possibility to gain experience working in the scientific environment at the STFC -ISIS, a large scale international neutron research facility located at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in the UK.

After receiving a formal training in Rome, the students  have  been actively  involved in a neutron scattering experiment on the VESUVIO spectrometer at ISIS, collecting a significant amount of data, under the guidance of Prof. Senesi, Dr. G. Festa, Dr. L. Arcidiacono, and  the VESUVIO instrument scientists G. Romanelli and  M. Krzystynyak. A massive 100 Gb of raw data were promptly analysed by the students, divided in two groups, along the following division of tasks:

Aurora Zaganelli, Valerio Scacco and Giulia Campa have analysed the VESUVIO and ChipIR beamlines activation decay acquired with an High Purity Germanium detector.

PierFrancesco Ulpiani and Dalila Onorati  have analysed DINS (Deep Inelastic Neutron Scattering) measurements on a polyethylene standard sample, while Alex Di Giulio carried out a Monte Carlo neutron transport simulation of the beam line.

Dalila and Alex had also a chance to present their work in two talks at the ISIS Molecular Spectroscopy Group meeting on May 17th– exciting times for Tor Vergata students!



to left:  Di Giulio Alex , Scacco Valerio, Ulpiani Pierfrancesco, Dott. Romanelli Giovanni, Prof. Senesi Roberto, Prof. Felix Fernandez Alonso , Arcidiacono Laura, Zaganelli Aurora, Onorati Dalila, Campa Giulia

Locations: Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in the UK.
Date:  12th – 20th on May  2017

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Science Communication and Science Museums: Prospects and New Ideas


The workshop was organized by The “Enrico Fermi” Historical Museum of Physics and Research & Study Centre – Centro Fermi, on the occasion of the completion of the renovation works of its headquarters, namely the historic building where the Institute of Physics of the University of Rome was located since 1880 up to 1935 and where Enrico Fermi carried out the fundamental research that earned him the Nobel prize in 1938.

The Workshop was a forum for discussing points of view, themes, issues and innovative solutions that could help Centro Fermi in the design of the Fermi Museum that is planned to open by the end of 2017.

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Outstanding scientists for ELSEVIER 2017

foto_giulia_festaCongratulations to Giulia Festa, associated to Nast Centre, on winning the outstanding women scientists within the Virtual Special Issue on Women in Physics 2017 for her contribution to science with the paper:

Research opportunities with compact accelerator-driven neutron sources
I.S. Anderson, C. Andreani, J.M. Carpenter, G. Festa, G. Gorini, C.-K. Loong, R. Senesi
Physics Reports, Volume 654, October 2016, Pages 1-58

Giulia Festa received a PhD in Physics from the University of Rome Tor Vergata in 2009. She is an experimental physicist at Centro Fermi in Rome (Italy) and her research focuses on the development and application of advanced neutron techniques for the study of cultural heritage artefacts and materials at the nanoscale.
These techniques include Diffraction, Gamma Spectroscopy, Neutron Resonance Analysis and Imaging.
Currently she is member of the team participating in the design and development of a novel technique, i.e. Time of Flight Prompt Gamma Activation Analysis (T-PGAA), and related methods at the ISIS Spallation Neutron Source (UK). She is serving as a referee for several international journals and co-editor of a book, Neutron Methods for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage (2017).

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Seminar: “Star the new italian facility of coherent X-rays: state of the art, perspectives”


Prof. Roberto Bartolino , University of Calabria, Cosenza, Italy

Star the new italian facility of coherent X-rays: state of the art, perspectives

28th February  at 14:00  



Location: Seminar Room, Department of Chemistry, Via Ricerca Scientifica 1, 00133

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School: IV Course of the ERICE School “Neutron Precession Techniques ”

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Erice School @ Ettore Majorana Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture

IV Course : “Neutron Precession Techniques”

1st July – 8th July 2017,

Directors of the Course: Peter Falus (ILL, Grenoble) and Klaus Habicht (HZB, Berlin)

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Research @ NAST Centre


27th February 2017

NAST Centre organizes the the multisciplinary research meeting 2017

Location: Aula Magna Pietro Gismondi

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN and closes on February 25th 2017


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