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Framework agreement signed in Washington on physics research and transfer of Nobel Laureate Rubbia’s particle detector from Gran Sasso to Fermi Lab

Date:

07/17/2015


Framework agreement signed in Washington on physics research and transfer of Nobel Laureate Rubbia’s particle detector from Gran Sasso to Fermi Lab

The Ambassador of Italy in the United States, Claudio Bisogniero, representing the Ministry of Education, University, and Research, signed an agreement on science and technology with the U.S. Department of Energy, represented by Under Secretary Lynn Orr.

“This agreement will allow Italy and the United States to exchange experts, scientific material, and research under the framework of large international collaborations in the fields of particle physics and nuclear physics,” stated the Ambassador.

The agreement also provides for the implementation of specific projects, the first of which was signed the same day, that transfers the ICARUS program devised by Nobel laureate Carlo Rubbia from the laboratories of the National Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Gran Sasso (where he completed his research project) to the Fermi National Laboratory near Chicago. This operation is part of a broader U.S. strategy to revive the study of particle physics and the national laboratory dedicated to Enrico Fermi, focusing on neutrino physics research, particles that are very abundant in environment but of whose properties we know very little because of their very weak interaction with matter. It is a field in which there have been many developments that could rewrite the current laws of modern physics.


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