INFN: Instituta Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Italy

The Istituto Nazionale Fisica Nucleare (INFN) is one of the largest public research agencies in Europe – with scientific, financial and accounting autonomy – dedicated to the study of the fundamental constituents of matter. INFN conducts theoretical and experimental research in the fields of subnuclear, nuclear and Astroparticle Physics. Fundamental research in these areas requires the use of cutting-edge technologies and instrumentation, which INFN develops both in its own laboratories and in collaboration with the world of industry. Moreover, the INFN promotes the application of skills, methods, and experimental techniques developed in the course of its own research to other fields, such as medicine, artistic preservation, and environmental protection. Research activity at the INFN is carried out at two complementary types of facilities: the Divisions (Sezioni) and the National Laboratories. The Divisions are mostly located at University Physics departments, thus providing a direct connection between the Institute and the academic world. Today, INFN researchers make important contributions to research in various European laboratories, as well as in numerous research centers worldwide, often in the context of large International Collaborations. Within INFN, there exists a recognized expertise in studies of low-energy nuclear reactions, included both by charged particles and neutron beams.

Key persons in the project:

Stefano Argiro', graduated in 1998 in Torino with a thesis at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. He’s researcher with the University of Torino since 2006. He did his Ph.D. in Milan on the Pierre Auger high energy cosmic ray observatory, for which he participated in the design and installation of the analog electronics and data acquisition. He was coordinator of the simulation, reconstruction and analysis software. In 2005 he joined the CMS experiment and was a Cern fellow for two years. At present, he’s involved with the calibration of the CMS calorimeter.

Nadia Pastrone, graduated in 1984 on a Cern charmonium spectroscopy experiment. These measurements were later improved in a series of experiments at Fermilab, where she coordinated the construction of a Cerenkov detector and a straw chamber. In 2003 she joined CMS, were she took part in the construction of the electromagnetic calorimeter and coordinated several test beam activities. She presently coordinates the Torino CMS group.

Nicola Amapane, graduated in 2000 with a thesis on the Delphi experiment at Cern. He did his Ph.D. in Torino on the reconstruction of the muon detector. He was a Cern fellow from 2005 to 2007, when he coordinated the muon reconstruction group. He’s researcher with the University of Torino since 2007.

Massimo Masera, Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Torino in 1990, is associate professor at the University of Torino since 2001. He has been working in high energy Heavy-Ion physics experiments since 1986 at the CERN SPS and then at the LHC (ALICE experiment). He has experience with silicon particle detectors and with computational physics (Monte Carlo simulation, data reconstruction, GRID computing). Since 2002 he is offline coordinator of the ALICE Inner Tracking System and computing coordinator of the INFN ALICE community (more than 150 physicists, 5 computing centres).
Dr Stefania Beole', born in 1970, Ph.D. in physics (University of Torino, Italy 1998), since 1999 working as researcher at the University of Torino. She has experience in design and construction of silicon particle detectors, and since 1996 is working for the ALICE experiment at CERN. Since 2008 she is System Run Coordinator for the Silicon Drift Detector of ALICE.

Dr. Francesco Prino, born in 1974, Ph.D. in Physics (University of Turin, Italy, 2001).
Since 2004 he is researcher (permanent staff) with INFN, sezione di Torino. His main research activity is in experiments studying high energy Heavy-Ion collisions at accelerators, namely NA50 (at the CERN SPS) and ALICE (at the CERN LHC). He has experience in silicon detector operation, detector reconstruction software and data analysis.

Dr. Marco Ripani, is research scientist at INFN since 1992 and senior research scientist since 2006. He has been working for nearly 20 years in the field of experimental nuclear physics and is author of 149 papers on refereed journals. He’s been co-spokesperson of the Italian collaboration in Hall B at Jefferson Lab, aimed at measuring hadron properties with electromagnetic probes. He is currently involved in the cooperation between INFN and Ansaldo Nucleare to study fast lead-cooled subcritical systems driven by proton beams. He participates to the INFN-Energy strategic project and is one of the coordinators of the ADS subproject.

Dr. Paolo Saracco, is INFN staff scientist since June 1988. He has been working for more than 20 years in the field of theoretical nuclear physics and is author of 26 papers on refereed journals. Currently he studies the theoretical aspects of the kinetics of subcritical systems with deterministic methods. He is involved in the cooperation between INFN and Ansaldo Nucleare to study the physical behavior of fast lead-cooled subcritical systems driven by accelerators. He participates to the INFN-Energy strategic project and is coordinator of the subproject on reactor physics.

Dr. Mikhail Osipenko, is research scientist at INFN since 2008. He performed his Ph.D. with the University of Moscow and INFN in 1999-2002 working on hadronic physics with electromagnetic probes within the CLAS collaboration at Jefferson Lab, an activity which he continued as a postdoc and still carries on as a staff scientist. He is author of 93 papers on refereed journals. He participates to the INFN-Energy strategic project.