Thematic areas and research groups

The Physics Department at Sapienza University of Rome is the largest among this discipline in Italy for number of faculty and students and hosts a vibrant research activity in the main areas of Fundamental and Applied Physics:

  • Astronomy, Astrophysics and Geophysics
  • Biophysics, Medical Physics, and Cultural Heritage
  • Condensed Matter Physics and Physics of Biosystems
  • Particle Physics and Fundamental Interactions
  • Statistical and Mathematical Physics

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The different research areas differ for what concerns the experimental equipment, the technical and theoretical tools and the extent of the applicative repercussions, but they are related by the method of investigation and by the approach to solving the problems. So much so that in many cases diverse areas can converge to address some fundamental issues. This is the case, for example, of Astrophysics and Particle Physics, which gave rise to the Astroparticle Physics, to try to understand the signals coming from the most remote areas of the cosmos and the first moments of our Universe. Similarly, theories and methodologies developed in statistical mechanics are nowadays valuable in the study of complex biological systems.

The research activity involves both the design and realization of complex experimental devises, operating at the Department or at the major international research laboratories, and the publication of scientific papers, about 600 a year, in the most prestigious international journals. The Department hosts facilities and researchers from the major Italian research institutions, such as the National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN), the National Research Council (CNR), the National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF), the Italian Space Agency (ASI), the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT). In total, about 300 researchers, including Sapienza's lecturers, are active in our Department, the largest of the University. The teaching and research activities would not be possible without the essential contribution provided by the administrative and library technical staff working at the Department.



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