The INFN-Sezione di Padova and University of Padova


This is the web page of the Experimental Nuclear Physics Research Group of INFN Sezione di Padova and Department of Physics, University of Padova. The group can be contacted at this address:

    Experimental Nuclear Physics Group (Gruppo III)
    Dipartimento di Fisica, Via Marzolo 8
    I-35131 PADOVA (Italy)
     Telephone: +39 0498277204 (Secretary)
      Fax: +39 0498762641

The present INFN coordinator of the Nuclear Physics Group is
Dr. Rosario Turrisi who can be contacted via email or telephone: +390499677373

The University of Padova has a long and well established history in Nuclear Physics research, which goes back in 1960 with the foundation of the "Nuclear Research Centre" at Legnaro where the Van de Graaff CN accelerator was built, at the time being the most powerful research instrument for the Italian Nuclear Physics community. The national role of the the Legnaro Laboratory was recognized in 1968 when it became a National Laboratory of the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN).


Presently, the Experimental Nuclear Physics Research Group in Padova consists of fifteen academic staff (University of Padova) and fourteen INFN staff (Sezione di Padova) with a variety of research interests, such as nuclear structure at the limits of spin and isospin with gamma-ray methods, nuclear reaction mechanism with stable and radioactive nuclei, reaction dynamics at low, intermediate and ultra-relativistic energies, nuclear astrophysics and civil security applications of nuclear physics.


Most of our current research is carried out by performing experiments at major international facilities, such as Legnaro (Italy), CERN (Switzerland), GSI (Germany), GANIL (France). Major projects with which the Padova group is involved is the Advanced Gamma-ray Tracking Array AGATA and the ALICE experiment at LHC. In addition, the group is heavily involved in some of the main Legnaro projects such as EXOTIC, GASP and PRISMA and also leads programs of nuclear reactions at extreme low energy for stellar nucleosynthesis at the Gran Sasso Laboratory (LUNA).

A Theoretical Nuclear Physics Group is also active in Padova. More information on their activities can be found here.

For a slightly more detailed introduction to what the Padova Experimental Nuclear Physics Group does, follow the links in this frame or in the menu frame on the left.
The EXODET detector used at the EXOTIC facility
The LUNA experiment at LNGS
The EUCLIDES Si-ball mounted on GASP
Schematic view of the ALICE detector at CERN.
Photo of the AGATA Demonstrator array at LNL