Physics, astrophysics and applied physics

Doctoral programme (PhD)
A.Y. 2019/2020
Course class
Classe per Dottorati di Ricerca
Study area
Science and Technology
Doctoral programme (PhD)
Dipartimento di Fisica "Aldo Pontremoli" - Via Celoria, 16 - Milano
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 co-tutor 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.
Dipartimento di Fisica "Aldo Pontremoli" - Via Celoria, 16 - Milano
Title Professor(s)
Lensing ray-tracing of CMB temperature and polarization anisotropies in the presence of dark energy and massive neutrinos
Requirements: Cosmology I
C. Carbone
Large scale structure formation in the presence of dark energy and massive neutrinos
Requirements: Cosmology I-II
C. Carbone
Mass diagnostics in galaxies and clusters of galaxies and dynamics of stellar systems
Gravitational lenses
Black hole growth
Protostellar disc dynamics and planet formation
Observations and modelling of the large-cale structure of the Universe: from galaxies to cosmological parameters
Requirements: Knowledge of the fundamentals of theoretical and observatonal cosmology
Numerical simulations of systematic effects and cosmological performances of the Euclid mission
Requirements: Knowledge of the fundamentals of theoretical and observatonal cosmology
Dark molecular clouds and star formation
Developments in data analysis for future cosmic microwave background experiments
Requirements: Basic astrophysical background, good knowledge of at least one programming language
Theory and models of pulsar glitches
Free-Electron Laser bases on two fold acceleration and arc compressor
Experimental study of the electronic properties of nanoparticles embedded in semiconductor matrix by means photoelectron spectroscopy
Requirements: Basic knowledge of condensed matter physics
Spin dynamics and quantum effects in molecular magnets
MRI and NMR methodologies for longitudinal disease studies
Ionic liquids: interfacial properties and interactions in nano-bio-systems
Investigation of cellular and biomolecular interactions in nanostructured systems and interfaces by Scanning Probe Microscopy
Non-equilibrium fluctuations in complex fluids (project Giant-Fluctuations, European Space Agency)
Requirements: Basic knowledge of physical optics and hydrodynamics
Pattern formation and macroscopic phase transitions in complex fluids out of equilibrium
Requirements: Basic knowledge of physical optics and hydrodynamics
Wavefront diagnostics of radiation with orbital angular momentum
Open quantum systems theory
Simulation of complex systems, ultra-cold atoms and strongly correlated quantum systems
Computational Intelligence algorithms and Coherent Diffraction Imaging
Theoretical studies on positronium confined in nanocavities in condensed matter, and on Rydberg positronium in electric and magnetic fields
Requirements: Basic knowledge of quantum mechanics, atomic physics and numerical methods
Experiments on fundamental properties of antimatter: quantum interferometry with charged or neutral particles, gravitational acceleration on antimatter
Requirements: Basic knowledge of quantum mechanics and experimental techniques
M. Giammarchi
Theoretical and computational study of electron core-level spectroscopies and phenomena induced by the excitation
First-principles investigation of structural, electronic and optical properties of solids, surfaces and thin films
Requirements: Knowledge of quantum mechanics (first quantization); further basic knowledge of the Many Body theory (at the level of the omonymous course of the Master degree in Physics) are welcome, but not strictly necessary
Theoretical study of Structural, electronic, optical, and magnetic properties of nanostructures and low-dimensional systems
Requirements: Knowledge of quantum mechanics and electromagnetism at the level of the compulsory courses for the master grade in Physics.
Magnetization dinamics in nanostructured solids with pump-probe spectroscopic methods at tens fs time resolution
Requirements: Condensed matter physics, Quantum Physics
Electronic propoerties of surfaces opf topological materials with Spin-Resolved ARPES (photoemission) methods on advanced materials synthesised in-situ by epitaxial methods
Requirements: Condensed matter physics, Quantum 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).
Requirements: Basic knowledge of statistical mechanics and numerical calculations
Yielding and recovery in fibre networks: rheological and microstructural characterization
Physics of protein and DNA folding: experimental study of the conformational kinetis of model polypeptide chains and DNA sequences.
Quantum walks and quantum simulators.
Open quantum systems and quantum technologies.
Heating and transport in fusion relevant plasmas.
Non-neutral/dusty plasmas and Penning traps: confinement, non-linear dynamics, turbulence.
Rheologic properties of nano-micro particles in fluid environments. Simulation how a given volume fraction of solid particles will affect the effective viscosity and lubric properties of a thin or thick fluid lubricant layer.
Requirements: Basic knowledge of classical and statistical mechanics, plus condensed-matter physics.
Modeling friction and dissipation beyond molecular-dynamics 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.
Requirements: Basic knowledge of classical and statistical mechanics, plus condensed-matter physics.
Simulations of friction and other collective dynamical properties of systems of mutually interacting colloids over partterned surfaces.
Requirements: Basic knowledge of classical and statistical mechanics, plus condensed-matter physics.
Spatial self-organization in ultra-cold matter.
Collective light scattering and coupled dipoles.
Synchrotron radiation and free electron laser studies on clusters and nanoparticles: physico-chemical characterization; interaction with photons and energy relaxation processes in isolated nano-objects.
Nanostructured materials with potential for energy production, conversion and storage applications: synthesis and characterization.
Non-equlibrium phenomena in soft matter
Quantum communication and computation.
Requirements: Knowledge of quantum mechanics and basic knowledge of classical and quantum information theory.
Quantum optics.
Requirements: Knowledge of quantum mechanics.
Approcci computazionali e fisico statstici ai fenomeni biofisici.
Statistical physics of the mechanics of materials: friction, fracture and plasticity.
Statistical, thermodynamic and mechanical properties of DNA-based materials
Physics at high energy hadron colliders: measurements of Standard Model processes, Higgs boson properties and search for new physics in the ATLAS experiment at the LHC
T. Lari
Silicon detectors for high energy physics experiments
C. Meroni
Innovative tracking and calorimetric trigger systems for the high-luminosity frontier particle physics experiments
C. Meroni
Studies of properties of nuclei far from stability of interest for nucleosynthesis processes occurring in stars. Activity based on stable and radioactive beams (at CERN-ISOLDE, LNL, RIKEN and RNPC-Osaka), employing large arrays, advanced gamma spectroscopy methods with developments of new techniques
Requirements: Nuclear Physics. Gamma and particle detectors
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 (5-30 MeV)
Requirements: Nuclear Physics. Gamma and particle detectors
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)
Requirements: Nuclear Physics. Particle detectors
Neutrino physics and neutrino detector development with the Borexino/SOX and JUNO experiments
B. Caccianiga
M. Giammarchi
Search of Time modulation from low-mass Dark Matter using twin detectors based on high purity NaI crystal matrices located in both hemispheres: Gran Sasso and Australia
Development of cryogenic light detectors based on SiPM matrices for applications in the field of Neutrino Physics and Dark Matter
Studies on Rydberg level positronium in electric and magnetic fields for fundamental experiments with antimatter
Requirements: Basic knowledge of quantum mechanics
M. Giammarchi
Direct Dark Matter searches with dual- phase liquid argon Time Projection Chambers at Gran Sasso National Laboratory
Experimental Nuclear Physics for medicine: development of detectors and cross section measurements useful for hadrotherapy
G. Battistoni
Applications of nuclear physics to nuclear astrophysics
E. Vigezzi
Interplay between nuclear structure and reactions
E. Vigezzi
Study of atomic nuclei using direct and inverse Density Functional Theory
E. Vigezzi
Many-body theories for fermionic systems with applications to nuclei
E. Vigezzi
Innovative computing technologies for particle physics
Ultra-high-energy cosmic ray measurements at the AUGER observatory
M. Giammarchi
Development of ASICs and advanced electronics systems for particle physics
Flavour physics and CP violation in the LHCb experiment
AdS/CFT correspondence and supersymmetric field theories
A. Santambrogio
Foundations of quantum mechanics
Black holes in supergravity and string theory
Inflation and string theory
Theoretical physics at the LHC: fundamental interactions and the Higgs boson in the standard model and beyond
Parton Distribution Functions: Machine learning and QCD resummation
Physics and application of Inverse Compton Sources
Development of bio-hybrid actuators for biomedical applications
Requirements: Basic notions in microfabrication and polymer chemistry
Light, X-ray and neutron scattering by nano-structures (amyloid peptides and proteins, biocolloids)
Magnetic nanoparticles: fundamental properties and applications to biomedicine
Chemical-physical properties of bio-membranes in presence of gated ion channels: study by atomic force microscopy, spectroscopy and calorimetry
Production optimization in unconventional way and at high specicific activity of radionuclides for applications in medicine (radiodiagnostic, metabolic radiotherapy towards the teragnostic), environmental and nanotoxicological studies
Requirements: Basic knowledge of Health Physics and Radioprotection
Development of Monte Carlo methods for the calculation of interaction of Radiation with Matter, focusing in particular on biomedical applications
G. Battistoni
Development and characterization of novel materials and methodologies for ionizing radiation detection and dosimetry
Optical biosensors: development of surface-immobilized responsive nanoscale hydrogels based on DNA nanotechnology
Physical characterization of biological hydrogels with applications in nanomedicine. Light, X and neutron spectroscopy
Biomolecule sensing at the gas/liquid and liquid/liquid interface by differential interferometric tecniques
Mechanisms of response in active matter: scaling up from individual to collective level in biosystems
Development of experimental and modelling advanced approaches for the study of atmospheric aerosol properties and sources
Liquid-liquid phase separations in mixtures of biopolymers: understanding how cells use phase transitions
Neutron, X-ray reflectometry and AFM in liquid on single complex biomembranes in interaction with biomolecules

Courses list

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Courses or activities Professor(s) ECTS Total hours Language
Advanced topics in astrophysics and plasma physics
14 70 English
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Quantum Coherent Phenomena
6 30 English
Quantum Theory of Matter
6 30 English
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Advanced topics in particle physics
6 30 English
Nuclear Structure and Nuclear Reactions
6 30 English


Places available: 18

Call for applications: how to do, attachment 1, Qualifications assessment and exam schedule

Application period: from 05-24-2019 to 06-24-2019
Enrolment period: from 09-23-2019 to 09-27-2019
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