The Summer School in Nuclear Physics and Technologies, organized in the framework of a collaboration between the University of Ferrara and the College of Engineering of the University of Texas at Austin, is an educational training dedicated to the applications of nuclear and radiation Physics, addressed to students having at least a bachelor degree in a scientific discipline. Thanks to the support provided by the Ferrara Section of the National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN), students attending the Summer School will participate to didactic activities and will have the opportunity of visiting the Gran Sasso National Laboratories (LNGS) and the TRIGA Research Reactor in Pavia.
Lectures will be held in English in the rooms and laboratories of the Department of Physics
and Earth Sciences of the University of Ferrara from May 31 2017 to June 30 2017. At the end of the Summer School participants will receive a
certificate of attendance.
The scope of the Summer School is to introduce frontier technologies and topics in the field of Nuclear Physics. A particular focus will be dedicated to technological advancements and applications in the research and development sectors which are most relevant in the international panorama (e.g. homeland security, raw materials, Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials, sustainable agriculture...).
The presence of stakeholders and the
possibility of being introduced to future PhD programs makes the Summer School the ideal playground for young people motivated to continue their studies
in the field of applied nuclear Physics.
- Introduction to theoretical and applied topics related to nuclear and radiation Physics.
- Introduction to the most recent nuclear technologies applied to the environmental monitoring and to the industrial development.
- Discussions and arguments about key factors and issues in the field of applied research, as the environmental safeguard, the management of radioactive wastes, the impact of nuclear power plants on the environment, nuclear safety and security, nuclear medicine.
- Laboratory group activities aimed at performing experimental measurements and effectively communicating the results.
- Use of cutting edge instruments and detectors for performing nuclear physics measurements.
- Data analysis and report writing, focused on the formation of critical thinking and attitude, especially towards the treatment of experimental uncertainties.
- Group discussions and brainstorming.
- Career guidance in collaboration with the main stakeholders of the Summer School.
- Seminars on frontier topics in scientific research.
- Guided tours at the Gran Sasso National Laboratories (LNGS) and at the TRIGA Research Reactor in Pavia.
The program is designed for students not attending a graduate student program and having at least a bachelor degree in Physics, Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics, Informatics, Chemistry, Astronomy.
- Gathering knowledge about nuclear physics and technology, about the main issues related to nuclear safety and
security and to nuclear waste management and disposal.
- Becoming familiar with methods and instruments employed in applied nuclear Physics.
- Working in team with American students having common research interests.
- Coming in close contact with graduate students, researchers and professors whose research activity is devoted to
nuclear Physics applications.
Download the poster of the Summer School.