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Physics Colloquia and Seminars are held usually on Thursdays afternoon at 16 pm in Room A102-Aula Giulotto during the Fall and Spring semesters, unless otherwise announced.

The Physics Colloquia host distinguished guest speakers who highlight the forefront of ongoing research in Physics and in related fields. Colloquia are addressed to a general audience of graduate students (M.Sci. and PhD) in all areas of physics. Presentations last about 45-min, followed by an ample discussion time. The Colloquia series provides an excellent opportunity for the graduate students to get a feeling of different research areas in physics and related fields, to sample the various research opportunities for future jobs and to talk directly with leading scientists. The Physics Seminars are similar to the Colloquia, but they may deal with more focused subjects and can be somewhat more specialized.

Attendance of the Colloquia is compulsory for all graduate students. Attendance to the Seminars is encouraged for everybody, and is compulsory for graduate students of the corresponding area/curriculum.

The Voltian Lecture is an annual event named after the renowned Italian scientist, professor of experimental Physics at the University of Pavia during the last quarter of the eighteenth century. It is often the inaugural event of the series of Physics Colloquia for each academic year, and it represent an important part of the Graduate School's public events programme. It is also meant to create a wider awareness of the outcome and benefits of our research. The Voltian Lecture is awarded to a career scientist whose work has made a major contribution in Physics. The nominated scientist will present a distinguished lecture and will be awarded a commemorative silver medal.


18 October 2018 - Prof. Giorgio Parisi (Università di Roma La Sapienza & Presidente, Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei): Alcuni ricordi personali della fisica del secolo scorso - Dedicated web page - Video

COLLOQUIA 2018/2019  (titles may be preliminary)

8 November 2018 - Nikolina Jankovic (BioSense Institute, Novi Sad): special seminar on Fundraising and research careers in EU R&I Framework Programme - Slides

15 November 2018 - Rosario Fazio (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa): Quantum simulators - Announcement - Slides

13 December 2018 - Roberto Osellame (IFN-CNR & Politecnico di Milano): Femtosecond-laser micromachining of transparent materials: an enabling tool for physics on a chip - Announcement - Slides

24 January 2019 - Francesco Romanelli (Università di Roma Tor Vergata & ENEA Frascati): Roadmap to energy from nuclear fusion - Announcement - Slides

14 February 2019 - Ivano Tavernelli (IBM Zurich): Quantum computing simulations: applications in physics and chemistry - Announcement - Slides

7 March 2019 - Daniel Phillips (Ohio University): Knowing what you don't know: Nuclear physics, effective field theory, and uncertainty quantification - Announcement - Slides

21 March 2019 - Catalina Curceanu (LNF-INFN): Quantum investigations underground - hunt of the "impossible" radiation - Announcement - Slides

11 April 2019 - Siegfried Bethke (MPI for Physics, Munich): Measurements of the Strong Coupling αs - Announcement - Slides

16 May 2019 at 12 am aula Dottorato - Giovanni Paganelli (IRST Meldola, FC and Univ. Ferrara): Peptide receptor radionuclde therapy (PRRT): clinical outcomes and future developments (seminar)  - Announcement 

COLLOQUIA 2017/2018 

October 26th, 2017  ............  Eugenio Coccia (Gran Sasso Science Institute): Opening the gravitational wave window to the Universe , Voltian Lecture - Dedicated page - Video

November 16th, 2017  ............ Fabio Sciarrino (University of Rome "La Sapienza"): Quantum information on a photonic chip - Slides

January 25, 2018 .......... Paolo Milani (University of Milano): special talk on Nanotechnology at work: How to marry an academic career with entrepreneurship - Announcement 

March 8, 2018 ............ Raffaello Potestio (University of Trento): The devil is in the atomistic detail - problems and solutions in computational soft matter - Slides

March 22, 2018 .......... Mila Pandurovic (Vinca Institute for Nuclear Sciences, Belgrade): Linear colliders - the Higgs Boson microscopes - Slides

April 19th, 2018  ............. Rosario Mantegna (University of Palermo): Noise and Information in Econophysics - Slides

May 3rd, 2018 ............... Nicola Marzari (EPFL, Lausanne and NCCR MARVEL): To see a world in a grain of sand - Slides

May 31th, 2018 ........... Gilberto Colangelo (University of Bern, CH): How to determine the masses of the lightest quarks - Slides

COLLOQUIA 2016/2017 

May 23, 2017  ................ Marino Crisconio (Agenzia Spaziale Italiana, Roma): The scientific utilization of the International Space StationSlides

May 11, 2017  ................ Giacomo Ghiringhelli (Politecnico di Milano): 
X-ray vision of high Tc superconductivity Slides

March 23, 2017 ................... Tiziano Camporesi (CERN): True measurements, false discoveries: a walk through High Energy Physics achievements - Slides

March 2, 2017 ................... Slava Mukhanov (Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich): Quantum Universe Slides

February 16, 2017 ............... Workshop on biomedical physics: Katia Parodi (Ludwig-Maximilians Univ. Munich), Kevin Prise (Queen's Univ. Belfast), Lembit Sihver (TU Vienna) - Announcement

February 2, 2017 ................  Klaus Fredenhagen (Univ. Hamburg and DESY): The vacuum is not empty: virtual particles, Casimir forces and dark energy Slides

January 26, 2017 ................  Davide Iannuzzi (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam): Fiber-top technology: from fundamental physics to pre-clinical research - Slides

November 24, 2016 ................  Stefano Zapperi (University of Milan): How randomness controls the failure of disordered complex systems Slides

October 20, 2016 ................  Michele Punturo (INFN Perugia): The detection of Gravitational Waves: the dawn of a new era in the observation of the Universe - Slides

COLLOQUIA 2015/2016 

June 23 ................  Marco Bersanelli (Università di Milano): Missione Planck: la prima luce dell'Universo -  Slides - Video

June 9 ..................  Marco Durante (TIFPA-INFN Trento): Heavy ions in theraphy and space -Slides

May 19 ................ Carl Carlson (College of William and Mary in Virginiam, USA): The puzzle of proton radiusSlides

May 5  ................ Aleandro Nisati (INFN Roma): High-energy physics with particle colliders: the present and the future - Slides - Video

April 21 ................  Massimo Passera (INFN Padova): The muon anomalous magnetic moment and new physics beyond the Standard Model (Seminario indirizzo teorico) - Slides

April 7    ..............  Francesco De Angelis (IIT Genova): 3D nanostructures for bio-photonics and neuro-plasmonics Slides

March 10 ............. Walter Belardi (Optoelectrics Research Centre, Univ. of Southampton): Hollow-core optical fibers: a brief history and future perspectives (Seminario indirizzo di Fisica della Materia) - Slides

February 25  ........ Paolo Mataloni (Univ. Rome La Sapienza): Integrated waveguide photonics circuits for quantum simulation and beyond Slides

February 11   ........  Roberto Gaudino (PoliTo): Photons to the home: status of the art in optical access networks and forecasted optoelectric component requirementsSlides

January 28 ........... Richard Wigmans (Texas Tech University, USA): Some practical applications of calorimetry, Voltian lecture - Slides

Past Voltian Lectures

2017/2018 Annual Voltian Lecture - 26 October 2017

Prof. Eugenio Coccia (Gran Sasso Science Institute): Opening the gravitational wave window to the Universe  -  Dedicated pageVideo

2015/16 Annual Voltian  Lecture – 28 January 2016

Prof. Richard Wigmans (Texas Tech University, USA) presents the 7th Voltian Lecture on: Some practical applications of Calorimetry - Slides - Photos: 12345678

2014/15 Annual Voltian  Lecture – 12 February 2015

Prof. Nicolas Gisin of the University of Geneva presents the 6th Voltian  Lecture on: When Science meets Science Fiction: from Newton to Quantum Teleportation - Slides - photo

2013/14 Annual Voltian  Lecture – 6 March 2014

Prof.  Giorgio Benedek of the University of Milano Bicocca and DIPC Donostia/San Sebastian  presents the 5th Voltian  Lecture: The Quantum Sonar: Fishing Bosons in the Depths of Fermi Sea

2012/13 Annual Voltian  Lecture – 28 February 2013

Prof.  Giulio Giorello of the University of Milano  presents the 4th  Voltian  Lecture: Matematica e fisica nella scoperta scientifica

2011/12 Annual Voltian  Lecture – 27 January 2012

Director of the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA, Trieste) Prof. Guido Martinelli presents the 3rd  Voltian  Lecture: Symmetries, Masses and Mysteries: The origin of masses, flavor and CP violation in the Standard Model and beyond

2010/11  Annual Voltian Lecture – 7  April 2011

Tate Medalist for International Leadership in Physics, (American Institute of Physics),  Prof.  Erio Tosatti from SISSA presents the 2nd Voltian Lecture lecture: Condensed Matter Physics: Where do we go?

2009/10 Annual Voltian Lecture – 11  February 2010

President of the ISI Foundation (Institute for Scientific Interchange, Turin), and Chair of the Graduate Schools of the Polytechnic University of Turin,  Prof.  Mario Rasetti presents the 1st Voltian Lecture: The Frontiers of Quantum Information: Matter that Computes, Thinks, and Lives.

COLLOQUIA 2014/2015

February 12.............Nicolas Gisin (Univ. Geneva): When Science meets Science Fiction: from Newton to Quantum Teleportation, Voltian lecture Slides