Frascati February 12 – 16, 2018

The MagicLand Of Accelerators

LNF Gallery

INSPYRE – INternational School on modern PhYsics and Research “The MagicLand of Accelerators” is dedicated to accelerators and to their use in physics and for society. Accelerators were initially developed as instruments to investigate the atomic and particle world and the laws governing it. They contributed greatly to shape the Standard Model of particle physics and to the understanding of the Universe and its evolution. Particle accelerators became very useful also for society since they are successfully explored to treat tumors, for non-destructive analysis of masterpieces of art heritage, or in archaeology. We shall present the concepts at the basis of accelerators’ functioning and discuss modern accelerators used in advanced physics experiments, such as DAFNE in Frascati or LHC at CERN (Geneva) which delivered the Higgs boson. We’ll see how the Universe is the most powerful accelerator and which are the phenomena resulting from its enormous power. We’ll also present the accelerators of tomorrow – what about a Large Hadron Collider miniaturized as a table top accelerator?

Let yourself be INSPYRED and you will be involved in a series of modern physics experiments with our researchers.

The School is open to about 90 students in their last two years of high school coming from many countries.
INSPYRE involves lectures on Modern Physics and its applications in Society and laboratory activities. The participants will also have the opportunity to visit the main experiments and accelerating facilities at LNF. English is the official language of the school.

The activity is free of charge; however, participants should provide for travel, accommodation and dinner expenses (lunch is offered at the canteen by LNF).

Interview to INSPYRE students.



In order to participate, high-schools should apply filling this FORM – selecting the button “INSPYRE”.
Application deadline is November 10.
Because of the high number of applications, only 2 students will be accepted per school and selection will work on a first come first served basis.

Please note, this application is reserved to non Italian students.
The LNF Communication and Scientific Education Office will contact the schools selected in order to define the details for their participation.

We are looking forward to INSPYRE you in the MagicLand of Accelerators !



This year we welcome students from:

Alexandra Park School, London N11 2AZ (UK)

Berlin Brandenburg International School, Kleinmachnow (Germany)

Borupgaard Gymnasium, Ballerup (Denmark)

Colégio do Sagrado Coraçäo de Maria, Lisboa (Portugal)

Gymnasium zu St. Katharinen Oppenheim, Oppenheim (Germany)

Gymnazium vo Vranove nad Toplou, Vranov nad Toplou (Slovakia)

IIS A. Orsini – O. Licini, Ascoli Piceno (AP)

IIS Croce Aleramo, Roma (RM)

IIS G. Marconi, Latina (LT)

IIS Leonardo da Vinci, Fiumicino (RM)

IIS Via delle Scienze, Colleferro (RM)

IISS Alfano – Termoli, Termoli (CB)

ISIS Foresi, Portoferraio (LI)

Käthe Kollwitz Gymnasium, Berlin (Deutschland)

Lic. Ling. James Joyce, Ariccia (RM)

Lic. Sc. Antonio Roiti, Ferrara (FE)

Lic. Sc. Aristosseno, Taranto (TA)

Lic. Sc. Bruno Touschek, Grottaferrata (RM)

Lic. Sc. Collège Lycée Expérimental Hérouville, Saint Clair (France)

Lic. Sc. Democrito, Roma (RM)

Lic. Sc. Ecole Europeenne Bruxelles 1, Bruxelles (Belgio)

Lic. Sc. Farnesina, Roma (RM)

Lic. Sc. Francesco d’Assisi, Roma (RM)

Lic. Sc. Galileo Galilei, Dolo (VE)

Lic. Sc. Leonardo Da Vinci, Bisceglie (BT)

Lic. Sc. Lycée Victor Hugo, Caen (France)

Lic. Sc. N. Copernico, Prato (PO)

Lic. Sc. N. Copernico, Udine (UD)

Lic. Sc. Nomentano, Roma (RM)

Lic. Sc. Stanislao Cannizzaro, Roma (RM)

Lic. Sc. Temistocle Calzecchi Onesti, Fermo (FM)

Lic. Sc. Vito Volterra, Ciampino (RM)

Liceo Español Cervantes, Roma (RM)

Lycée  Cité Scolaire Internationale Europole, Grenoble (France)

Lycée  La Mennais, Guérande (France)

Lycée  Saint Joseph, Concarneau (France)

Petroc Barnstaple (UK)

St George British International School of Rome, Rome (RM)

University of Wollongong, New South Wales (Australia)


The videos of the lessons are available on the E-learning Portal:

Accendiscienza – Section INSPYRE 2018

Monday 12 February – Auditorium B. Touschek

09:00 – 10:15 Registration
10:15 – 11:00 Welcome, Introduction and Presentation of LNF-INFN activities
(LNF-INFN Director: P. Campana, INSPYRE Directors: C. Curceanu, R. Centioni)
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 – 13:30 Students’ introduction – Speed date INSPYRE 2018
13:30 – 14:30 Lunch
14:45 – 16:00 The Standard Model of Particle Physics (Antonio Polosa, Univ. Sapienza Roma)

Tuesday 13 February – Auditorium B. Touschek

09:20 – 13:00 Frontiers of particle accelerators: from sub-nuclear microscopes to medicalinstruments, an experience with accelerated beams (David Alesini, INFN-LNF),

with a break from 11:00 to 11:30

13:00 – 13:30 The INSPYRED ones (Davide Bufalini)
13:30 – 14:30 Lunch
14:45 – 16:00 The fast and the slow: a new strategy for understanding the quantum world (Angelo Bassi, INFN-Trieste)

Wednesday 14 February – Auditorium B. Touschek

09:20 – 13:30 Dedicated to experiments:

  • Gravitational waves (V. Fafone, A. Rocchi, Univ. of Roma Tor Vergata; M. Iannarelli, INFN-LNF)
  • Planck constant determination (D. Babusci, S. Bertelli, E. Turri, INFN-LNF)
  • ArduSipm electronic (V. Bocci, F. Iacoangeli, INFN-Roma 1)
  • Dafne Control Room (C. Milardi, INFN-LNF)
  • Bionanotechnologies (A. Cataldo, O. Calamai, F. Micciulla, INFN-LNF)
  • Diagnostics and preservation of Cultural Heritage (A. Gorghinian, INFN-LNF)
  • Medicine & Physics (G. Gadda, INFN-Ferrara)
  • Channeling Technologies (S. Dabagov, D. Hampai, INFN-LNF)
  • Gamma Rays Detectors (D. Domenici, INFN-LNF)
13:30 – 14:30 Lunch
14:45 – 16:00 Imaging Techniques (A. Malaroda, Univ. of Wollongong-Australia)
16:15 – 18:00 Screening of the film: “The Sense of Beauty: art and science at CERN”
18:00 – 19:00 INSPYRE 2018 Happy Hour!

Thursday 15 February – Auditorium B. Touschek

09:20 – 10:30 The magic World of nanotechnology (Silvia Bistarelli, INFN-LNF)
10:40 – 11:40 Accelerators for the future (Massimo Ferrario, INFN-LNF)
11:50 – 12:20 Break
12:20 – 13:20 Hunting the invisible across space and time: a tale on accelerators (Sergio Bertolucci, Univ. Bologna)
13:30 – 14:30 Lunch
14:45 – 16:00 Gravity: the cosmic accelerator (Viviana Fafone, INFN-Roma2)

Friday 16 February – Auditorium B. Touschek

09:20 – 10:30 Synchrotron light sources: amazing present and future (Antonella Balerna, INFN-LNF)
10:30 – 11:30 Hadrontherapy: a new energy against tumors (Viviana Mutti, CNAO Pavia)
11:30 – 11:45 Break
11:45 – 12:30 Q: Quarks, Quantum, BlaQ Holes and open Questions (Catalina Curceanu, INFN-LNF)
12:30 – 13:30 Discussions, participation certificates awarding and farewell
13:30 Lunch


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    1. How to reach the National Laboratory of Frascati (LNF)
      The LNF is within walking distance from Frascati, the Hotel Villa Mercede and Tor Vergata Railway Station.
      The train station is very close to the LNF.
    2. Hotel reservations (multiple rooms; private toilet; 37 euros per night, per person;) are confirmed directly from our office to the hotel: Hotel Villa Mercede.
      Students will provide for the payment directly to the hotel.
    3. Students will attend the Labs during office hours in agreement with the LNF tutors. The presence will be checked by the LNF Vigilance in entrance and exit.
    4. In case of absence, delay or early exits, students must promptly notify the LNF tutors and the Communication and Scientific Education Office. In order to achieve the Participation Certificate, absences are not allowed except for important reasons.
    5. The activity is free of charge; however, the participants should provide for travel, accommodation and dinner expenses (lunch is organized at the LNF canteen during the days of the School).
    6. We recommend to observe the class schedule and an appropriate behavior to a workplace.
    7. Please, make sure you read our Emergency Procedures.
    8. The laboratory’s secondary gate will be open according to the following timetable, for a quick access to/from the  Tor Vergata train station:

opening: 8:30 – 09:45
exit: 16:00 – 16:20

opening: 8:30 – 09:10
Exit: 16:00 – 16:20

opening: 8:30 – 09:10
Exit: 18:15 – 19:20

opening: 8:30 – 09:10
exit: 16:00 – 16:20

opening: 8:30 – 09:10
exit: 14:30 – 14:45


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Rossana Centioni –

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