Laura Arcidiacono



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+39 0672594429



Place of birth:  Rome, Italy

Date of birth:  06/10/1988

Citizenship: Italian


Current Post: PhD student at UCL, Institute of Archaeology in Nuclear Techniques Applied to Archaeometallurgy



Laura Arcidiacono is an experimental physicist. Her master theses work aimed to verify the success of the Time-resolved Prompt Gamma Activation Analysis neutron technique, developed by the SWING group team. For her PhD, Laura is working on an international and interdisciplinary project on integrated neutron techniques applied to Archaeometallurgy. Part of her PhD is focused on Archaeometric analysis and part is devoted to technique development for the optimisation of gamma spectroscopy setup at pulsed neutron sources. She also participated to several campaigns of measurements at ISIS Spallation Neutron Source, Paul Scherrer Institute and Diamond light Source. Her PhD is currently based at ISIS spallation neutron source.

Laura was co-author on the paper ‘Egyptian Grave Goods of Kha and Merit studied by Neutron and Gamma Techniques‘ on the prestigious chemistry journal Angewandte Chemie which published a special virtual issue on heritage science.


Selected Publications

[2016] Festa, L. Arcidiacono, A. Pappalardo, T. Minniti, C. Cazzaniga, A.Scherillo, C. Andreani and R. Senesi, ‘Isotope identification capabilities using time resolved prompt gamma emission from epithermal neutrons’, Journal of Instrumentation, 11(03), International workshop on Imaging, 7–10 September 2015, Varenna, Italy

[2017] Kun V. Tian, Giulia Festa, László Szentmiklósi, Boglárka Maróti, Laura Arcidiacono, Giuseppina Laganà, Carla Andreani, Silvia Licoccia, Roberto Senesi, Paola Cozza, “Compositional studies of functional orthodontic archwires using prompt-gamma activation analysis at a pulsed neutron source“. Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, 32(7), 1420-1427.

[2017] C. Andreani, F. Aliotta, L. Arcidiacono, M. Borla, E. P. Cippo, D. Di Martino, F. Facchetti, E. Ferraris, G. Festa, G. Gorini, W. Kockelmann, J. Kelleher, D. Malfitana, D. Micieli, T. Minniti, V. Mollica Nardo, R. Ponterio, G. Salvato, R. Senesi, V. Turina, C. Vasi and C. Greco, “A neutron study of sealed pottery from the grave-goods of Kha and Merit”, Jurnal of Analytical Atomic Spectroscopy, 32(7), 1342-1347.

[2017] G. Festa, C. Andreani, L. Arcidiacono, G. Burca, W. Kockelmann, T. Minniti, R. Senesi, “Characterization of γ-ray background at IMAT beamline of ISIS Spallation Neutron Source”, Journal of Instrumentation12(08), P08005

[2018] G. Festa, T. Minniti, L. Arcidiacono, M. Borla, D. Di Martino, F. Facchetti, E. Ferraris, V. Turina, W. Kockelmann, J. Kelleher, R. Senesi, C. Greco, C. Andreani, “Egyptian grave goods of Kha and Merit studied by neutron and gamma techniques”, Angewandte Chemie International Edition

[2018] D. Chiesa, M. Nastasi, C. Cazzaniga, M. Rebai, L. Arcidiacono, E. Previtali, G. Gorini, C. D. Frost, “Measurement of the neutron flux at spallation sources using multi-foil activation”, arXiv preprint arXiv:1803.00605.

[2018] A. Parmentier, L. Arcidiacono, R. Senesi, G. Romanelli, C. Andreani, J. Moir, G. Festa, “Absolute efficiency calibration of a coaxial HPGe detector for quantitative PGAA and T-PGAA”, Neutron Matter proceeding, Journal of Physics

[2018] D. Onorati, C. Andreani, L. Arcidiacono, G. Festa, M. Krzystyniak, G. Romanelli, P. Ulpiani, R. Senesi, “Gamma background characterization on VESUVIO: before and after the moderator upgrade”, Neutron Matter proceedings, Journal of Physics (in press)

[2018] Ulpiani, G. Romanelli, L. Arcidiacono, D. Onorati, G. Festa, M. Krzystyniak, E. M. Schooneveld, F. Fernandez-Alonso, C. Andreani, R. Senesi, “Enhancement of counting statistics and noise reduction in the forward scattering detectors installed on the VESUVIO spectrometer”, Neutron Matter proceedings, Journal of physics (in press)