From Quarks to Black Holes: let’s get INSPYRED!
Frascati, March 27 – 31 , 2023
Experiences with ArduSiPM an all-in-one particle detector (V. Bocci, F. Iacoangeli, INFN-Roma 1)
The construction of a homemade particle detector is a complex task, given the difficulty in sourcing materials and their associated costs. Within the framework of institutional research at INFN, we have developed a compact and affordable scintillation detector based on the Arduino Due, which includes all the functionalities of a modern particle physics detector. ArduSiPM was used in research projects and numerous outreach activities. During the event, we will show how to assemble the sensor, use the acquisition and control programs, explain its functionalities, and teach how to use it in educational experiences to detect cosmic rays or environmental radiation measurements. Information on the detector can be found at https://sites.google.com/view/particle-detectors/home
|A||ArduSipm electronic (V. Bocci, F. Iacoangeli, INFN-Roma 1) |
|B||Build your spacetime – let’s discover Einstein’s gravity (A. Postiglione, INFN-LNF)
What is gravity? How do planets, stars and galaxies move in the Universe? What do Einstein describe with his Theory of Relativity? Let’s find it out together with this interactive activity that will allow us to build and use our own spacetime model! In this way we will discover that masses can deform spacetime, bend light, and create black holes and gravitational waves.
Adriana Postiglione is a researcher in physics education and a science communicator at the Frascati National Laboratory, INFN. After her PhD in physics about the large scale structure of the Universe, she dedicated herself to disseminating and teaching physics to a public of non-experts. She now works on the development of new methodologies and techniques to talk about her discipline, especially with high school students and teachers.
|C||Introduction to simulation techniques for medical applications (A. Filippi, INFN-To)
Plan of the working group activity
Graduated in theoretical physics in 1991, PhD in nuclear physics in 1996, Alessandra is currently Senior Scientist at INFN Torino (Italy).
|D||Determination of nuclides through gamma spectrometry (R. Bedogni, A. Calamida, INFN-LNF)
The participants in the experience “Determination of nuclides through gamma spectrometry” will learn the basics of gamma spectrometry through Scintillation detectors. Particularly, they will learn about (1) physics of a scintillation detector (2) Analog electronics to transform the light pulses in the scintillator into measurable electrical pulses (3) Digital electronics to measure the electrical pulses and produce a pulse height distribution (4) Basics of nuclide identification though the gamma rays signature.
|E||Nanotechnology for environmental monitoring (A. Gaiardo, P. Tosato, M. Valt, FBK)
The quality of the air we breathe is a central issue in contemporary society; its punctual and distributed monitoring becomes increasingly accessible thanks to low-cost sensors based on nanotechnologies.The workshop will introduce nanotechnologies and chemical-physical characterization methods used in the realization of solid-state gas sensors based on nanostructured semiconductors and in hands-on hardware and software integration activity. Some of these devices are produced at the Bruno Kessler Foundation and others are commercially available, the integration will take place on a STMicroelectronics STM32-Nucleo platform through Arduino IDE environment.
Obtained the M.Sc. degree in Chemistry (Magna cum Laude) from the University of Ferrara, (Ferrara, Italy) in 2013. He received the Ph.D. degree in Physics from the University of Ferrara in 2018. His work is focused on the research and development of gas sensing systems for several applications, including health screening, precision agriculture and outdoor air quality monitoring. In this field, he has published more than 40 articles (H-Index = 14, source Scopus, 01/2023), and he has been guest editor of three special issues. He has collaborated in both national and European projects. Currently, he is a researcher in the Micro-Nano Facilities group of the Bruno Kessler Foundation.
Obtained the M.Sc. degree in mechatronic engineering and the Ph.D. in electronic engineering from the University of Trento in 2015 and 2019, respectively. His work mainly focused on low-power electronics for Internet of Things and Smart Grid applications. He currently works in the Micro-Nano Facility group in Bruno Kessler Foundation developing sensor electronic interfaces for diverse applications, like gas sensing and radiation detectors.
Obtained his Ph.D. degree in Physics in March 2020 with a thesis titled: “2D materials for room-temperature chemiresistive gas sensing” at the University of Ferrara. Previously, he obtained his M.Sc. degree in Chemistry with a thesis on Functionalization of Graphene Oxide for Gas Sensing and Cation Trapping. Currently, he is a researcher in the Micro-Nano Facilities group of the Bruno Kessler Foundation. His current research interests are related to the development and employment of novel materials for chemiresistive gas sensing in diverse fields of applications.
Plasma – The fourth state of matter (A. Biagioni, C. Mariani, INFN-LNF)
What is a plasma, the state of matter that composes the 99% of the universe? How can it be investigated? Let’s find it out together with this interactive activity that will allow us to study it and detect it! In this way we will discover, with some basic physics principles, how spectroscopy works and how to measure the plasma.
Angelo Biagioni has graduated from University of Rome La Sapienza in electronic engineering, where he also earned a doctorate degree in electromagnetism. He made teaching activities at the University of Rome La Sapienza for courses in classical mechanics, electromagnetism and thermodynamics. He is supervisor for the PhD in accelerator Physics. Since 2014, he has conducted research activity at the National Institute of Nuclear Physics – section of National Laboratory of Frascati. He has currently a permanent position at INFN LNF – Accelerator Division. He collaborates to the SPARC_LAB project to implement the plasma module for the plasma-based acceleration. In particular, his research activity is devoted to the design of specific devices for producing and confining plasmas for acceleration. He has gained experience in the field of plasma physics and, in particular, have acquired capabilities to design plasma diagnostic systems for plasma sources characterization. He has contributed to establish the Plasma laboratory at the LNF, of which he is currently the responsible.
Cristina Mariani is a graduate of the Polytechnic of Milan in B.Sc. Chemical Engineering and is currently finishing the M.Sc. of Nuclear Engineering. She has conducted research activity at the National Institute of Nuclear Physics – section of National Laboratory of Frascati in the context of the Master Thesis, concerning the design plasma module for producing and confining plasmas for plasma–based acceleration. Her expertise spans from an understanding of the background plasma physical phenomena to the capability to use the instrumentation required for the experimental investigation of the key parameters.
|G||Physics of photovoltaic devices (P. Bernardoni, Univ. of Ferrara)|
|H||Simulation of LHC events (G. Corcella, M. Testa, INFN-LNF)|