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Research areas


The Department of Physics holds a long, high-level academic tradition, and is characterized today by numerous areas of excellence at an international level.
Research activities are focused in the following sectors (source).

Physics of fundamental interactions

The Department has a consolidated tradition of excellence in high energy physics, both at the theoretical and experimental level.
It is engaged in large experimental efforts at the main international laboratories, like CMS (CERN), with an essential contribution to the discovery of the Higgs Boson, and ALICE (CERN); in synergy with these experiments, it develops cutting-edge theoretical studies concerning precision phenomenology of the Standard Model of elementary particles, hadronic physics and nuclear theory; the Department has a long tradition on frontier topics in quantum field theory and string theory.
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Physics of complex systems

Using advanced and innovative methods of statistical mechanics and data analysis, biological systems and gene regulation networks are studied, with important medical applications for oncological therapies; the physics of meteorology and climate is pursued with studies on greenhouse gas transport processes and with paleoclimatology analyses; nonlinear physics methods are applied to turbulence and the interactions between biological and fluid systems.
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Applied physics

The Department has a long-standing and central role in the development of instrumentation for medical applications, in the simulation and data management of diagnostic imaging and in therapy of tumors with radiation-activity developed in collaboration with the National Center for Oncological Hadro the ray (CNAO) of Pavia and has produced academic spin offs for medical imaging (Detector, Dixit, I-SEE) that obtained a relevant commercial and adoption impact.
The Department is at the forefront in the study and functionalization of advanced materials (diamond, graphene, superconductors at high critical temperature) for the development of new devices, sensors and applications, in collaboration with the Interdepartmental Center "Nanostructured Surfaces and Interfaces"(NIS).
In the Cultural Heritage sector, it carries out important diagnostic and dating activities on objects of historical and artistic interest, together with the spin-off TecnArt and the center of Conservation and Restoration La Venaria Reale.
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Astro-particle physics, cosmology and astrophysics

In continuity with research on fundamental interactions, the Department pursues studies on the large-scale structure of the Universe, on the nature of dark matter and dark energy, as well as on high energies astrophysics; this is accompanied by activities on the physics of cosmic rays, with participation in large international collaborations, among which AUGER and Fermi.
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