Annual National Congress

The Annual National Congress which gathers about 600 Italian physicists for a whole week, represents the meeting point of our scientific community. In spite of the various cultural and scientific facets of contemporary physics, the world of Italian researchers and physicists finds here its common background.

The Congress is composed of Plenary Sessions and 7 Parallel Sessions:

Section 1: Nuclear and Subnuclear Physics

Presentations of reports and contributions on the results and most recent developments of the field, either theoretical or experimental on the following topics:

  • Nuclear Structure
  • Reaction mechanisms
  • Nucleosynthesis reactions
  • Standard Model
  • Higgs sector
  • New physics beyond the Standard Model
  • Hadron Physics
  • Nucleon structure and characteristics
  • Instrumentation techniques

Nuclear Physics includes topics concerning nuclear structure and reaction mechanisms of stable and radioactive nuclei, either theoretical and experimental. Also included are (direct or indirect) studies on the reaction mechanism involved in nucleosynthesis, having relevant consequences on astrophysical models.
Subnuclear Physics includes topics concerning the Standard Model and the Higgs Sector, the new physics beyond the Standard Model, the hadronic physics and quark structure, with experiments carried out in big European and international laboratories.

Themes dealing with the developments of tools and techniques for future experiments are also included.

Section 2: Solid State Physics

Presentations of reports and contributions on the results and most recent developments of the field, either theoretical or experimental on the following topics:

  • Atom physics
  • Molecular physics
  • Physics of gases
  • Plasma physics and electric discharges
  • Condensed matter physics: structural properties
  • Condensed matter physics: mechanical properties
  • Condensed matter physics: thermal properties
  • Condensed matter physics: electronic structure
  • Condensed matter physics: magnetic properties
  • Condensed matter physics: optical properties

Themes dealing with the developments of tools and techniques for future experiments are also included.

Section 3: Astrophysics

Presentations of reports and contributions on the results and most recent developments of the field, either theoretical or experimental on the following topics:

  • Cosmology
  • Astrophysics
  • Astroparticle Physics
  • Neutrino Physics with and without accelerators

Themes dealing with the developments of tools and techniques for future experiments are also included.

Section 4: Geophysics and Physics of the Environment

Presentations of reports and contributions on the results and most recent developments of the field, either theoretical or experimental on the following topics:

  • Geodesy, geodynamics, tectonophysics, physics of the Earth nucleus
  • Seismology, seismotectonic
  • Physical volcanology, geomagnetism, physics of minerals and rocks
  • Oceanography, fluidodynamics, hydrology
  • Physics of the atmosphere, Climatology, Metereology
  • Physics of the environment, environmental radioactivity, pollution
  • Remote sensing

Themes dealing with the developments of tools and techniques for future experiments are also included.

Section 5: Biophysics and Medical Physics

Presentations of reports and contributions on the results and most recent developments of the field, either theoretical or experimental on the following topics:

  • Physical aspects of living systems
  • New concepts and quantitative approaches to the study of biological phenomena
  • Structure and functioning of biological systems
  • Biometric system, cellular processes and multicellular systems
  • Biological networks
  • Ionizing an non-ionizing radiation physics applications in: biological science, radiotherapy, radiodiagnostic, nuclear medicine, dosimetry, radioprotection, radiobiology

Themes dealing with the developments of tools and techniques for future experiments are also included.

Section 6: Applied Physics, Accelerators and Physics applied to Cultural Heritage (Archaeometry)

Presentations of reports and contributions on the results and most recent developments of the field, either theoretical or experimental on the following topics:

  • Systems and Sensors: semiconductors, thin films, nanomaterial and nanotechnology, optical, spintronic, magnetic and superconductor devices
  • Microscopy and spectroscopy
  • System and methods for energy transfer, storage and conservation
  • Systems and methods in the field of metrology
  • Linear and circular accelerators
  • Synchrotron light sources
  • Free electron laser
  • Accelerators for medical usage
  • Accelerators for industrial usage
  • Beam optimization in running phase facilities
  • Plasma acceleration systems
  • Ion sources for high-intensity beam production

Physical methods and quantitative approacehes for the conservation, diagnosis survey and restoring of cultural heritage throgh:

  • Optical spectroscopy and colorimetry
  • Luminescence, thermoluminescence, thermography
  • X-ray spectroscopy
  • X-ray tomography and radiography
  • Synchrotron light
  • Neutron activation
  • Radionuclei dating

Section 7: Physics Education and History of Physics

Presentations of reports and contributions on the results and most recent developments of the field, either theoretical or experimental on the following topics:

  • Analysis of the teaching process and learning of Physics
  • Planning and analysis of educational path in Physics
  • History of Physics
  • Communication and dissemination of scientific knowledge in the field of Physics

Every year the Congress takes place in a different location.
During the inaugural ceremony awards are given to particularly deserving young graduates in physics, while during the concluding ceremony the two best Communications for each session are awarded on the basis of their content and exposition.

Another award is also granted to researchers who have devoted their activities to the history of physics and teaching.

Last but not least, an important award is devoted to the memory of Enrico Fermi and called after his name. The Enrico Fermi award is given to a member of the Society who has particularly honoured Physics with his researches.

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