Particle Physics and Fundamental Interactions

The Physics Department comprises various reasearch groups workin in different areas of fundamental physics. Here a fully description. We are at the forefront of the following topics:

  • Particle Accelerators and Detectors

Understanding the fundamental nature of matter and interactions is the ultimate aim of the Particle Physics investigations. Activities in this field are conducted with a variety of techniques: from experiments with particle accelerators, in close collaboration with the most prestigious laboratories in the world (CERN, PSI, LNF, etc.), to those exploiting cosmic rays and radioactive nuclei, mostly in underground laboratories like LNGS. Together with the running experiments, the group members are actively involved in the development of cutting edge technologies for the preparation of future experiments.

Membri: Bagnaia, Bellini, Bini, Cavoto, Cosmelli, D’Agostini, De Cecco, D. Del Re, Di Domenico, Gauzzi, Gentile, Giagu, Lacava, Longo, Luci, Meddi, Messina, Organtini, Paramatti, Policicchio, Rahatlou, Raggi, Santanastasio

  • Particle Physics Theory

The research lines pursued by the Particle Theory Group are in the fields of Lattice Gauge Theory, with particular attention to Flavor Physics, higher order corrections to elementary processes of relevance to hadron collider physics, theory and phenomenology of exotic hadronic resonances and methods for  light dark matter searches.

Membri:  Bonciani, Martinelli, NardecchiaPapinutto, Pelissetto, Polosa

  • Astroparticles
During year 2013 a diffuse flux of cosmic neutrinos, exceeding the atmospheric component, has been reported by the IceCube experiment starting the "Neutrino Astronomy era”. The search for point-like sources of neutrinos, needs a huge "Neutrino Telescope" with very good angular resolution in order to provide the necessary signal-background distinction. A group of this Department has been promoting, in the last two decades, the construction of “chilometer-cube" scale deep-sea neutrino Cherenkov detector, with the NEMO R&D program and with the ANTARES experiment. At present, while the analysis of ANTARES data goes on, the group is actively participating to the construction of KM3NeT, the "multi-chilometer-cube” scale Cherenkov Neutrino Telescope in the Mediterranean Sea.

Membri:  Capone

  • Gravitational Wave Detectors

The Gravitational-Wave (GW) group of Rome Sapienza University is actively part of the worldwide LIGO-Virgo  scientific collaboration, which is  focused on the direct detection of all types of GW signals by using  kilometer-scale laser interferometers. The Rome group is involved both in the analysis of the data collected by the LIGO-Virgo detectors, with particular interest and expertise in the search for continuous GW signals and for GW transient signals from compact binary coalescences, as well as in  the construction of the payloads, one of the fundamental components of a GW detector.   

  • Theoretical Gravitational Physics (Home)
Gravitational-wave (GW) phenomenology with current and future (3G and LISA) detectors: GW modelling, black-hole and neutron star physics, tests of gravity and of the nature of compact objects, synergies between fundamental physics and GW astronomy.



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