Physics, astrophysics and applied physics
Doctoral programme (PhD)
A.Y. 2020/2021
Study area
Science and Technology
PhD Coordinator
The main theme of this doctoral programme is physics in advanced sectors of pure and applied research. Research covers all areas of modern physics, as indicated in the 5 curricula which aim to facilitate the placement of doctoral students in specific sectors.
The required basic training is guaranteed by a combination of courses specific to this programme and others exceptionally borrowed from the second cycle degree programme, with examinations at the end of the first year. Moreover, doctoratal students are required to attend an International School, with final assessment through a public seminar. The programme also provides various opportunities for discussion and exchanges among students in different programmes, particularly during a workshop at the end of the academic year.
Training is supplemented by coordinated series of subject specific conferences ("Physics Colloquia"). At the same time, doctoral students will have to undertake original research under the guidance of a tutor and a cotutor and report on their progress through annual seminars during which students present their findings to the University's scientific community. This programme also offers internships in Fundamental Physics or High Technology at National and International Laboratories and private Research Laboratories.
The required basic training is guaranteed by a combination of courses specific to this programme and others exceptionally borrowed from the second cycle degree programme, with examinations at the end of the first year. Moreover, doctoratal students are required to attend an International School, with final assessment through a public seminar. The programme also provides various opportunities for discussion and exchanges among students in different programmes, particularly during a workshop at the end of the academic year.
Training is supplemented by coordinated series of subject specific conferences ("Physics Colloquia"). At the same time, doctoral students will have to undertake original research under the guidance of a tutor and a cotutor and report on their progress through annual seminars during which students present their findings to the University's scientific community. This programme also offers internships in Fundamental Physics or High Technology at National and International Laboratories and private Research Laboratories.
Classi di laurea magistrale  Classes of master's degrees:
LM6 Biologia,
LM8 Biotecnologie industriali,
LM9 Biotecnologie mediche, veterinarie e farmaceutiche,
LM11 Scienze per la conservazione dei beni culturali,
LM17 Fisica,
LM18 Informatica,
LM20 Ingegneria aerospaziale e astronautica,
LM21 Ingegneria biomedica,
LM22 Ingegneria chimica,
LM25 Ingegneria dell'automazione,
LM27 Ingegneria delle telecomunicazioni,
LM28 Ingegneria elettrica,
LM29 Ingegneria elettronica,
LM30 Ingegneria energetica e nucleare,
LM32 Ingegneria informatica,
LM33 Ingegneria meccanica,
LM40 Matematica,
LM44 Modellistica matematicofisica per l'ingegneria,
LM53 Scienza e ingegneria dei materiali,
LM54 Scienze chimiche,
LM58 Scienze dell'universo,
LM71 Scienze e tecnologie della chimica industriale,
LM74 Scienze e tecnologie geologiche,
LM75 Scienze e tecnologie per l'ambiente e il territorio,
LM79 Scienze geofisiche,
LM82 Scienze statistiche.
LM6 Biologia,
LM8 Biotecnologie industriali,
LM9 Biotecnologie mediche, veterinarie e farmaceutiche,
LM11 Scienze per la conservazione dei beni culturali,
LM17 Fisica,
LM18 Informatica,
LM20 Ingegneria aerospaziale e astronautica,
LM21 Ingegneria biomedica,
LM22 Ingegneria chimica,
LM25 Ingegneria dell'automazione,
LM27 Ingegneria delle telecomunicazioni,
LM28 Ingegneria elettrica,
LM29 Ingegneria elettronica,
LM30 Ingegneria energetica e nucleare,
LM32 Ingegneria informatica,
LM33 Ingegneria meccanica,
LM40 Matematica,
LM44 Modellistica matematicofisica per l'ingegneria,
LM53 Scienza e ingegneria dei materiali,
LM54 Scienze chimiche,
LM58 Scienze dell'universo,
LM71 Scienze e tecnologie della chimica industriale,
LM74 Scienze e tecnologie geologiche,
LM75 Scienze e tecnologie per l'ambiente e il territorio,
LM79 Scienze geofisiche,
LM82 Scienze statistiche.
Dipartimento di Fisica "Aldo Pontremoli"  Via Celoria, 16  Milano
 Main offices
Dipartimento di Fisica "Aldo Pontremoli"  Via Celoria, 16  Milano  Degree course coordinator: prof. Matteo Paris
matteo.paris@unimi.it  Degree course website
http://phd.fisica.unimi.it/
Title  Professor(s) 

Measuring the Cosmic Microwave Background with bolometric interferometry
Curriculum: Astrophysics 

Advanced instruments for Cosmic Microwave Background polarization measurements
Curriculum: Astrophysics 

Groundbased observations of polarized microwave emissions for galactic foregrounds removal from Cosmic Microwave Background data
Curriculum: Astrophysics 

Lensing raytracing of CMB temperature and polarization anisotropies in the presence of dark energy and massive neutrinos
Requisiti: Cosmology I Curriculum: Astrophysics 
C. Carbone

Large scale structure formation in the presence of dark energy and massive neutrinos
Requisiti: Cosmology III Curriculum: Astrophysics 
C. Carbone

Mass diagnostics in galaxies and clusters of galaxies and dynamics of stellar systems
Curriculum: Astrophysics 

Gravitational lenses
Curriculum: Astrophysics 

Black hole growth
Curriculum: Astrophysics 

Protostellar disc dynamics and planet formation
Curriculum: Astrophysics 

Observations and modelling of the largecale structure of the Universe: from galaxies to cosmological parameters
Requisiti: Knowledge of the fundamentals of theoretical and observatonal cosmology Curriculum: Astrophysics 

Numerical simulations of systematic effects and cosmological performances of the Euclid mission
Requisiti: Knowledge of the fundamentals of theoretical and observatonal cosmology Curriculum: Astrophysics 

LSPE/STRIP: measuring the CMB polarization from the Teide Observatory, Tenerife
Curriculum: Astrophysics 

LiteBIRD space mission for testing cosmic inflation: optical and RF characterization of the MediumHigh Frequency Telescope
Curriculum: Astrophysics 

Innovative computational techniques for future cosmic microwave background experiments.
Requisiti: Basic astrophysical background, good knowledge of at least one programming language Curriculum: Astrophysics 

FreeElectron Laser bases on two fold acceleration and arc compressor
Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Experimental study of the electronic properties of novel family of nanostructured materials for energetic applications by means photoelectron spectroscopy
Requisiti: Basic knowledge of condensed matter physics Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Develiopment and characterization of neuromorphic systems based on nanostructured materials for nonconventional computation approaches
Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Ionic liquids: interfacial properties and interactions in nanobiosystems
Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Investigation of cellular and biomolecular interactions in nanostructured systems and interfaces by Scanning Probe Microscopy
Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Nonequilibrium fluctuations in complex fluids (project GiantFluctuations, European Space Agency)
Requisiti: Basic knowledge of physical optics and hydrodynamics Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Pattern formation and macroscopic phase transitions in complex fluids out of equilibrium
Requisiti: Basic knowledge of physical optics and hydrodynamics Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Quantum theory of superconductivity in highpressure materials
Requisiti: Knowledge of quantum mechanics, manybody systems and structure of matter Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Atomistic simulations of complex materials subject to mechanical deformation under extreme conditions
Requisiti: Basic knowledge of numerical simulations, statistical physics, continuum mechanics and structure of matter Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Wavefront diagnostics of radiation with orbital angular momentum
Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Open quantum systems theory
Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Simulation of complex systems, ultracold atoms and strongly correlated quantum systems
Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Applications of Computational Intelligence and Machine Learning techniques in Physics
Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Antimatter quantum interferometry, CPT and Weak Equivalence Principle Tests
Requisiti: Basic knowledge of quantum mechanics and experimental techniques Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 
M. Giammarchi

Properties of positronium confined in nanocavities in condensed matter; Rydberg positronium in electric and magnetic fields
Requisiti: Basic knowledge of quantum mechanics, atomic physics and numerical methods Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Antimatter fundamental properties: quantum decoherence with positrons, AharonovBohm effect, Positronium laser cooling
Requisiti: Basic knowledge of quantum mechanics and experimental techniques Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 
M. Giammarchi

Theoretical and computational study of electron corelevel spectroscopies and phenomena induced by the excitation
Requisiti: Knowledge of quantum mechanics; further basic knowledge of the Many Body theory. Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Theoretical study and firstprinciples investigation of Structural, electronic, optical, and magnetic properties of nanostructures and lowdimensional systems
Requisiti: Knowledge of quantum mechanics; further basic knowledge of the Many Body theory. Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Electronic and magnetic propoerties of anomalous metals and magnetic oxydes thin films by photoemission and spinpolarization spectroscopies at tens fs time resolution
Requisiti: Condensed matter physics, Quantum Physics Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

All resolved photoemission studies on topological materials with synchrotron radiation, laser HHG and FEL sources. Combination of pumpprobe optical, Raman, SPPES measurements at fsps time resolution and transient grating setup. Advanced materials will be grown in situ and measured under UHV in all cases to probe surface and nanosize properties.
Requisiti: Condensed matter physics, Quantum Physics Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Use of models from statistical mechanics, physics of complex systems, computational physics and machine learning to understand the physics of biopolymers (proteins, DNA, RNA and chromosomes).
Requisiti: Basic knowledge of statistical mechanics and numerical calculations Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Yielding and recovery in fibre networks: rheological and microstructural characterization
Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Softmatter and biological physics with applications in quantitative biology
Requisiti: Statistical physics background, interdisciplnary interest Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Nanoparticles (metal, semiconductor, insulator) for increasing the efficiency of thin film solar cells, in combination with for example 2D materials.
Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Investigating hydrogen storage in metal (e.g. Magnesium) nanoparticles with optical techniques.
Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Quantum control for quantum technologies
Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Quantum walks and quantum simulators.
Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Open quantum systems and quantum technologies.
Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Heating and transport in fusion relevant plasmas
Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Nonlinear dynamics and control of nonneutral matter/antimatter plasmas
Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Modeling friction and dissipation beyond moleculardynamics simulations. Recent advances in the theory of phonon dissipation generated by sliding objects may allow researchers to predict dynamic friction by evaluating essentially analytic formulas with no need to simulate explicit atomistic motions.
Requisiti: Basic knowledge of classical and statistical mechanics, plus condensedmatter physics. Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Simulations of friction and other collective dynamical properties of systems of mutually interacting colloids over partterned surfaces.
Requisiti: Basic knowledge of classical and statistical mechanics, plus condensedmatter physics. Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Spin dynamics and quantum effects in molecular magnets.
Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

MRI and NMR methodologies for longitudinal disease studies.
Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Synchrotron radiation and free electron laser studies on clusters and nanoparticles: physicochemical characterization; interaction with photons and energy relaxation processes in isolated nanoobjects.
Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Nanostructured materials with potential for energy production, conversion and storage applications: synthesis and characterization.
Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Hydrodynamics and rheology of soft materials and complex fluids
Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Equilibrium and nonequilibrium fluctuations during sedimentation in normal and microgravity conditions
Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Theoretical and computational study of electron transport in low dimensional systems
Requisiti: Knowledge of Solid Physics and Surface Physics Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Quantum communication and computation.
Requisiti: Knowledge of quantum mechanics and basic knowledge of classical and quantum information theory. Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Quantum optics.
Requisiti: Knowledge of quantum mechanics. Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Computational and statistical mechanics approaches to biophysical phenomena.
Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Statistical physics of the mechanics of materials: friction, fracture and plasticity.
Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Statistical, thermodynamic and mechanical properties of DNAbased materials
Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Development of high field superconducting magnets for the postLHC era
Curriculum: Nuclear and particle physics 

Innovative tracking and calorimetric trigger systems for the highluminosity frontier particle physics experiments.
Curriculum: Nuclear and particle physics 
C. Meroni

Measurements of Standard Model processes and of Higgs boson properties in protonproton collision with the ATLAS experiment at the LHC.
Curriculum: Nuclear and particle physics 
T. Lari
S. Resconi
R. Turra

Searches for new physics in protonproton collisions with the ATLAS experiment at the LHC.
Curriculum: Nuclear and particle physics 
T. Lari
S. Resconi
R. Turra

Studies of properties of nuclei far from stability of interest for nucleosynthesis processes occurring in stars. Activity based on stable and radioactive beams (at CERNISOLDE, LNL, ILL, GSI/FAIR, RIKEN and RNPCOsaka), employing large arrays, advanced gamma spectroscopy methods with developments of new techniques.
Requisiti: Nuclear Physics. Gamma and particle detectors Curriculum: Nuclear and particle physics 

Study of the gamma decay from nuclear highly collective states and study of the detectors and technique for the measurement of high energy gamma rays (530 MeV).
Requisiti: Nuclear Physics. Gamma and particle detectors Curriculum: Nuclear and particle physics 

Measurement of cross sections of nuclear reactions of astrophysical interest (Primordial nucleosynthesis, Hydrogen, Helium and Carbon burning) in the Gran Sasso underground Laboratory (LUNA and LUNA MV experiments).
Requisiti: Principles of Nuclear Physics. Particle detectors Curriculum: Nuclear and particle physics 

Neutrino physics and neutrino detector development with the Borexino and JUNO experiments.
Curriculum: Nuclear and particle physics 
B. Caccianiga
M. Giammarchi

Ab initio manybody theories for investigating nuclear interaction and nucleonic star matter.
Curriculum: Nuclear and particle physics 
E. Vigezzi

Novel Monte Carlo approaches for the study of nuclear correlations
Curriculum: Nuclear and particle physics 
E. Vigezzi

Search of Time modulation from lowmass Dark Matter using twin detectors based on high purity NaI crystal matrices located in both hemispheres: Gran Sasso and Australia.
Curriculum: Nuclear and particle physics 

Development of cryogenic light detectors based on SiPM matrices for applications in the field of Neutrino Physics and Dark Matter.
Curriculum: Nuclear and particle physics 
M. Citterio

Direct nuclear reactions to probe structure at the limits of stability.
Curriculum: Nuclear and particle physics 
E. Vigezzi

Experimental Nuclear Physics for medicine: development of detectors and cross section measurements useful for hadrotherapy.
Curriculum: Nuclear and particle physics 
G. Battistoni

Study of atomic nuclei using direct and inverse Density Functional Theory.
Curriculum: Nuclear and particle physics 
E. Vigezzi

Development of ASICs and advanced electronics systems for particle physics
Curriculum: Nuclear and particle physics 
M. Citterio

Flavour physics and CP violation in the LHCb experiment.
Curriculum: Nuclear and particle physics 
P. Gandini

Equation of state of nucleonic matter, applications to compact objects and multimessenger signals.
Curriculum: Nuclear and particle physics 
E. Vigezzi

AdS/CFT correspondence and supersymmetric field theories.
Curriculum: Theoretical physics 
A. Santambrogio

Foundations of quantum mechanics.
Curriculum: Theoretical physics 

Black holes in supergravity and string theory.
Curriculum: Theoretical physics 

Inflation and string theory.
Curriculum: Theoretical physics 

Statistical mechanics, outofequilibrium systems, complex systems, with interdisciplinary applications in quantitative biology
Requisiti: Basic knowledge of statistical mechanics, interdisciplnary interest Curriculum: Theoretical physics 

Theoretical physics at the LHC: fundamental interactions and the Higgs boson in the standard model and beyond.
Curriculum: Theoretical physics 
M. Zaro

Parton Distribution Functions: Machine learning and QCD resummation
Curriculum: Theoretical physics 

Physics and application of Inverse Compton Sources
Curriculum: Applied physics 

Development of biohybrid actuators for biomedical applications.
Requisiti: Basic notions in microfabrication and polymer chemistry Curriculum: Applied physics 

Light, Xray and neutron scattering by nanostructures (amyloid peptides and proteins, biocolloids).
Curriculum: Applied physics 

Chemicalphysical properties of biomembranes in presence of gated ion channels: study by atomic force microscopy, spectroscopy and calorimetry.
Curriculum: Applied physics 

Production optimization with unconventional techniques and at high specicific activity of radionuclides for applications in medicine (radiodiagnostic, metabolic radiotherapy towards the theranostic), environmental and nanotoxicological studies.
Requisiti: Basic knowledge of Health Physics and Radioprotection Curriculum: Applied physics 

Structural signature of dynamical arrest in epithelial cell tissues
Curriculum: Applied physics 

Development of Monte Carlo methods for the calculation of interaction of Radiation with Matter, focusing in particular on biomedical applications.
Curriculum: Applied physics 
G. Battistoni

Development and characterization of novel materials and methodologies for ionizing radiation detection and dosimetry.
Curriculum: Applied physics 

Development of fast pulsed superconducting dipole for heavy ion beam to be used in hadrotherapy
Curriculum: Applied physics 

Statistical methods in UVVISNIR reflectance spectroscopy of pigments and dyes in paintings
Curriculum: Applied physics 

Magnetic nanoparticles: fundamental properties and applications to biomedicine.
Curriculum: Applied physics 
P. Arosio

Physical characterization of biological hydrogels with applications in nanomedicine. Light, X and neutron spectroscopy.
Curriculum: Applied physics 

Biomolecule sensing at the gas/liquid and liquid/liquid interface by differential interferometric tecniques.
Curriculum: Applied physics 

Nanocomposite systems for soft robotics
Curriculum: Applied physics 

Mechanisms of response in active matter: scaling up from individual to collective level in biosystems
Curriculum: Applied physics 

Development of experimental and modelling advanced approaches for the study of atmospheric aerosol properties and sources.
Curriculum: Applied physics 

Liquidliquid phase separations in mixtures of biopolymers: understanding how cells use phase transitions.
Curriculum: Applied physics 

Cell surface interactions investigation by Xray and neutron scattering and reflectometry techniques.
Curriculum: Applied physics 
Courses list
February 2021
Courses or activities  Professor(s)  ECTS  Total hours  Language 

Optional  
Advanced topics in astrophysics and plasma physicsObservations and theory of largescale structure formation  2  10  Italian, English 
March 2021
Courses or activities  Professor(s)  ECTS  Total hours  Language 

Optional  
Advanced topics in astrophysics and plasma physicsBayesian Statistics in Astronomy  2  10  Italian, English  
Advanced topics in astrophysics and plasma physicsCollective Phenomena in Plasma Physics  2  10  Italian, English  
Advanced topics in astrophysics and plasma physicsCosmology  2  10  Italian, English  
Advanced topics in astrophysics and plasma physicsFundamentals of Computational Fluid Dynamics in Astrophysics  2  10  Italian, English  
Advanced topics in astrophysics and plasma physicsObservations of the Cosmic Microwave Background  2  10  Italian, English 
September 2021
Courses or activities  Professor(s)  ECTS  Total hours  Language 

Optional  
Advanced topics in astrophysics and plasma physicsGravitational lensing  2  10  Italian, English 
March 2021
Courses or activities  Professor(s)  ECTS  Total hours  Language 

Optional  
Quantum Theory of Matter  6  30  English 
May 2021
Courses or activities  Professor(s)  ECTS  Total hours  Language 

Optional  
Quantum Coherent Phenomena  6  30  Italian, English 
January 2021
Courses or activities  Professor(s)  ECTS  Total hours  Language 

Optional  
Nuclear Structure and reaction dynamics with radioactive beams  4  24  Italian, English  
Nuclear structure studied with stable and radioactive beams  2  10  Italian, English  
Nuclear structure theory: Density Functional methods in nuclear physics  2  10  Italian, English 
May 2021
Courses or activities  Professor(s)  ECTS  Total hours  Language 

Optional  
Advanced topics in particle physics  4  20  English  
Neutrino Physics  2  10  English 
January 2021
Courses or activities  Professor(s)  ECTS  Total hours  Language 

Optional  
Computational, simulation and machine learning methods in High Energy Physics and Beyond: Automated computational tools.  3  15  English  
Computational, simulation and machine learning methods in High Energy Physics and Beyond: Monte Carlo Methods.  3  15  English 
May 2021
Courses or activities  Professor(s)  ECTS  Total hours  Language 

Optional  
Experimental methods for the investigation of systems at the nanoscale  6  30  English 
Enrollment
Places available: 15
Call for applications
Please refer to the call for admission test dates and contents, and how to register.
Application for admission: from 18/06/2020 to 20/07/2020
Application for matriculation: from 03/09/2020 to 26/10/2020
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