ADVANCED COURSES for the A.Y. 2012/2013:
Here we shall briefly illustrate the advanced courses offered by the Graduate School in Physics. As recalled above, most courses are offered each two year, thus in the following list each course has a status tagging figure: OFFERED and ACTIVATED if the course in question IS ACTIVATED this academic year(the activation tagging will appear as soon as the final selection of the courses will be completed by the interested students); NOT OFFERED if the course will be activated the next Academic Year (2013/2014).
Electromagnetic Theory
This is and advanced course in Classical Electrodynamics. Topics will include the theory of radiation and applications of synchrotron radiation both in laboratory and in astrophysics. In order to be activated the course requires that at least three students are willing to audit it.
 Coordinator: M. Bornatici
 Instructors: M. Bornatici
 Status: OFFERED but not activated
Relativistic Quantum Field Theory
This is an advanced course in quantum field theory tailored on those students interested in theoretical high energy physics. Arguments range from methods in relativistic quantum field theory to particle physics phenomenology.
 Coordinator: F. Piccinini
 Instructors: F. Piccinini, G. Montagna, Seminars
 Status: NOT OFFERED
Statistical Field Theory
This is an advanced course in statistical mechanics. The program typically offers arguments ranging from phase transitions, critical field theory, renormalization group theory.
 Coordinator(s): B. Pasquini, M. Guagnelli
 Instructors: B. Pasquini, M. Guagnelli, Seminars
 Status: OFFERED and ACTIVATED
 Graduate Students: M.Chiesa (XXVII), V. Prosperi (XXVII)
Quantum Information Science
This is an advanced course in quantum information science. Quantum Information has become a large interdisciplinary developing area in Physics. "Information" is a new unifying paradigm, to the extent that quantummechanical phenomena are now regarded as inevitable consequences of informationtheoretic considerations. The new quantum protocols and algorithms are now part of the everyday physics language, with computer science and information theory now entering the realm of foundations. Unique is the opportunity of working in hitech and, at the same time, being involved in fundamental problems. The protocols of quantum teleportation, cryptography, and Shor's algorithms have changed our way of thinking physics.
 Coordinator: M. D’Ariano.
 Instructors: M. D’Ariano, C. Machiavello
 Status: OFFERED and ACTIVATED
 Graduate Students: T. Colnaghi (XXVII), F. Manessi (XXVII)
Selected Topics in Quantum Mechanics
This is an advanced course on selected arguments in quantum mechanics. Quantum Foundations has recently become a main topic in advanced theoretical institutes, with a new focus on the derivation of Quantum Theory from general principles, and on novel frameworks and interpretations, such as the informational and Bayesian ones, along with powerful new approaches to entanglement and nonlocality coming from Quantum Information. On the other hand, the debate on realism and completeness has recently entered the realm of general probabilistic theories, entering also the relativistic context and the foundations of quantum field theory.
 Coordinator: M. D’Ariano
 Instructors: M. D’Ariano, C. Machiavello
 Status: NOT OFFERED
Strong Interactions
This is an advanced course in hadronic physics.
 Coordinator: M. Radici
 Instructors: M. Radici, A. Bacchetta, B. Pasquini, Seminars
 Status: OFFERED and ACTIVATED
 Graduate Students: M.Chiesa (XXVII), P. Dondero (XXVIII), G. Magro (XXVIII), M. Vorabbi (XXVIII)
Nuclear Structure
This is an advanced course in nuclear theory. Typical topics are: nuclear models, nuclear force, nuclear reaction and electromagnetic probes.
 Coordinator(s): C. Giusti, F.D. Pacati
 Instructors: C. Giusti, F. D. Pacati
 Status: OFFERED but NOT ACTIVATED
Electroweak and QCD field theories
This is an advanced course on the Standard Model and beyond. Topics will include: neutrino oscillations, introduction to supersymmetry, technicolor, comparison with recent experimental data.
 Coordinator: O. Nicrosini
 Instructors: O. Nicrosini, G. Montagna, F. Piccinini, Seminars
 Status: NOT OFFERED
Spacetime structure, Cosmology, and Quantum Field Theory
This is and advanced course on the interplay between general relativity and quantum field theory. The argument discussed range from QFT on curved spacetimes to the analysis of the different approaches to quantum gravity. Lectures will be colloquium style and open to a general audience of graduate students.
 Coordinator(s): M. Carfora, C. Dappiaggi
 Instructors: M. Carfora, C. Dappiaggi, A. Marzuoli, Seminars
 Status: OFFERED but NOT ACTIVATED
Topological Quantum Field Theory and Condensed Matter Systems
This is a Special Topics Course, under the terms of a CARIPLO Foundation grant, featuring a series of lectures on the interplay between topological quantum field theory (TQFT) and condensed matter systems. The arguments discussed range from the basic of TQFT to application to condensed matter system with a particular emphasis on Graphene. The course will host as a distinguished scientist in residence Prof. Alfredo Iorio from the Charles University of Prague.
 Coordinator(s): A. Marzuoli, D. Gerace
 Instructors: D. Gerace, A. Iorio, A. Marzuoli, S. Sanna Seminars
 Status: OFFERED and ACTIVATED
 Graduate Students: F. Alpeggiani (XXVIII), F. Floris (XXVIII)
Econophysics
This is an advanced course dealing with methods of theoretical physics applied to economy.
 Coordinator: G. Montagna
 Instructors: G. Montagna, Seminars
 Status: NOT OFFERED
Advanced Theory of Solids
This is an advanced course on solid state theory. Arguments include: elementary excitations (plasmons, polaritons,...), advanced quantum treatment of electronic systems and the like.
 Coordinator: L.C. Andreani
 Instructors: L.C. Andreani, Seminars
 Status: OFFERED and ACTIVATED
 Graduate Students: F. Alpeggiani (XXVIII), F. Floris (XXVIII), P. Kowalczewski (XXVII), S. Pirotta (XXVII), G. Urbinati (XXVIII).
Photonics
This is and advanced course on photonics and nanophysics. Arguments include: nanophotonic systems and methods, quantum effects in radiationmatter interaction, nonlinear optics.
 Coordinator: L.C. Andreani
 Instructors: L.C. Andreani
 Status: NOT OFFERED
Soft Skills for Graduate Students
This course does not belong to the course requirements but you are strongly advised to attend it. Arguments range from writing techniques for filing a proper grant request, to developing presentation skills for seminars and the like.
 Coordinator: A. Bacchetta
 Instructors: A. Bacchetta
 Status: OFFERED
Open Quantum Systems
This is an advanced course on the analysis of analytical and numerical techniques for the study of interacting quantum systems.
 Coordinator: L. Maccone
 Instructors: L. Maccone
 Status: OFFERED and ACTIVATED
 Graduate Students: M. Malgeri (XXVIII), F. Manessi (XXVII), V. Prosperi (XXVII), M. Vorabbi (XXVIII).
Biophysics on Neural Signaling
The course is offered under the aegis of a collaboration between our graduate school and the graduate school in physiology and neuroscience. The computational problems that are solved by networks of neurons, from roughly 100 cells in a small worm to 100 billion in humans provide a number of challenging problems to physicists. Careful study of the natural context for these tasks leads to new mathematical formulations and physical modeling of the problems that brains are solving, and these theoretical approaches in turn suggest new experiments to characterize neurons and networks. This interplay between theory and experiment is the central theme of this course. The course will start from a description of the biomolecular structure of the neuronal membrane and will provide a biophysical interpretation of the processes generating electrical activity in neurons and synapses. The target is to illustrate how neurons generate information codes and how these are processed in complex neuronal networks. Topics will include: 1) Biophysical phenomena in the 30 4 Advanced Courses neuronal membrane, 2) Information in spike trains, 3) Principles of signal processing in neuronal networks.
 Coordinator: E. D’Angelo
 Instructors: E. D’Angelo
 Status: OFFERED and ACTIVATED
 Graduate Students: M. Malgeri (XXVIII), O. Tomas (XXVII), I. Postuma (XXVIII).
Imaging for Biomedical Applications
This is an advanced course on imaging techniques applied to problems in biomedical physics.
 Coordinator: A. Ottolenghi
 Instructors: A. Ottolenghi
 Status: NOT OFFERED
Ionizing Radiations and Biological Structures: Theory and Applications
This is an advanced course on the interaction between biological structures and ionizing radiation. The course will be integrated with the special topic course Modeling radiation effects from initial physical events, (Pavia, MayJune, 2013), dedicated to learning modeling approaches and techniques in radiation biophysics and radiobiology research, from basic mechanisms to applications.
 Coordinator: A. Ottolenghi
 Instructors: A. Ottolenghi
 Status: OFFERED and ACTIVATED
 Graduate Students: M. Malgeri (XXVIII), T. Orlando (XXVII).
Spectroscopies in Condensed Matter Physics
This is an advanced course on spectroscopical techniques in condensed matter physics. Topics will include: (i) time resolved optical spectroscopies: techniques and experiments; (ii) Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Nuclear Quadrupolar Resonance Spectroscopies.
 Coordinator: F. Marabelli, P. Carretta
 Instructors: F. Marabelli, P. Carretta, M. Galli.
 Status: OFFERED and ACTIVATED
 Graduate Students: F. Floris (XXVIII), G. Urbinati (XXVIII).
Magnetic Resonance Techniques in Solid State Physics
This is an advanced course on magnetic resonace techniques in solid state physics.
 Coordinator: P. Carretta
 Instructors: P. Carretta
 Status: NOT OFFERED
Experimental Particle Physics
This is an advanced course on modern particle physics with a particular attention to collider physics.
 Coordinator: D. Rebuzzi
 Instructors: C. Conta, D. Rebuzzi, A. Negri, Seminars
 Status: OFFERED and ACTIVATED
 Graduate Students: P. Dondero (XXVIII), A. Falcone (XXVIII), G. Magro (XXVIII), I. Postuma (XXVIII), E. Rojatti (XXVIII).
Experimental Nuclear Physics
This is an advanced course on experimental techniques in nuclear and subnuclear physics. The focus of the course is the study of the structure of the lightest hadrons (mesons,nucleons) in the nonperturbative QCD regime using electromagnetic and hadronic probes. Topics covered will include: (i) overview of the existing theories of the hadronic structure: quark, chiral symmetry and lattice QCD models; (ii) baryon spectroscopy experiments using elecromagnetic probes; (iii) meson spectroscopy experiments using hadronic probes.
 Coordinator: P. Pedroni
 Instructors: P. Pedroni, Seminars
 Status: OFFERED and ACTIVATED
 Graduate Students: G. Magro (XXVIII), I. Postuma (XXVIII), M. Vorabbi (XXVIII).
Radiation and Particle Detection
This is and advanced course on the Physics of particle detectors.
 Coordinator: M. Livan
 Instructors: M. Livan, Seminars
 Status: OFFERED but NOT ACTIVATED
Information and data analysis
Advanced course on data analysis.
 Coordinator(s): A. Rotondi and A. Fontana
 Instructors: A. Rotondi, A. Fontana, Seminars
 Status: OFFERED and ACTIVATED
 Graduate Students: G. Babini (XXVII), T. Colnaghi (XXVII), A. Falcone (XXVIII), P. Kowalczewski (XXVII), G. Magro (XXVIII), S. Pirotta (XXVII),I. Postuma (XXVIII), E. Rojatti (XXVIII).
Neutrino phenomenology and astroparticle physics
An advanced course in astroparticle physics. Arguments include: cosmic rays physics, satellites and Earth based experiments, introduction to high energy neutrino physics, (in particular neutrino oscillations).
 Coordinator: P. W. Cattaneo
 Instructors: P. W. Cattaneo, Seminars
 Status: OFFERED but NOT ACTIVATED
Courses in Astrophysics
These are advanced courses in astrophysics held at the University of Insubria. There is an agreement between our and their graduate school according to which our students may audit one (and only one)of these courses as part of their academic requirements.
ADVANCED COURSES for the A.A. 2011/2012
This is the official list of the Advanced Courses offered by the Graduate School in Physics during the academic year 2011/12. All courses are typically 4 credit (approximately 3240 hours of of class and labs).
Electromagnetic Theory
This is an advanced course in Classical Electrodynamics. Topics will include the theory of radiation and applications of synchrotron radiation both in laboratory and in astrophysics
 Coordinator: M. Bornatici
 Instructors: M. Bornatici
 Status: OFFERED and ACTIVATED
 Graduate Students: Benini, Chiesa, Osorio
Selected Topics in Quantum Mechanics
This is an advanced course on selected arguments in quantum mechanics. Quantum Foundations has recently become a main topic in advanced theoretical institutes, with a new focus on the derivation of Quantum Theory from general principles, and on novel frameworks and interpretations, such as the informational and Bayesian ones, along with powerful new approaches to entanglement and nonlocality coming from Quantum Information. On the other hand, the debate on realism and completeness has recently entered the realm of general probabilistic theories, entering also the relativistic context and the foundations of quantum field theory.
 Coordinator: M. D’Ariano
 Instructors: M. D’Ariano, C. Machiavello, seminars
 Status: OFFERED and ACTIVATED
 Graduate Students: Manessi, Bravi, Rossi, Colnaghi
Nuclear Structure
This is an advanced course in nuclear theory. Typical topics are: nuclear models, nuclear force, nuclear reaction and electromagnetic probes.
 Coordinator(s): C. Giusti, F.D. Pacati
 Instructors: C. Giusti, F. D. Pacati, seminars
 Status: OFFERED and ACTIVATED
 Graduate Students: Panza, Piersimoni
Electroweak and QCD field theories
This is an advanced course on the Standard Model and beyond. Topics will include: neutrino oscillations, introduction to supersymmetry, technicolor, comparison with recent experimental data.
 Coordinator: O. Nicrosini
 Instructors: O. Nicrosini, G. Montagna, F. Piccinini, Seminars
 Status: OFFERED and ACTIVATED
 Graduate Students: Benini, Chiesa, Prosperi
Spacetime structure, Cosmology, and Quantum Field Theory
This is and advanced course on the interplay between general relativity and quantum field theory. The argument discussed range from QFT on curved spacetimes to the analysis of the different approaches to quantum gravity. Three distinguished scientist (T. Buchert, K. Fredhenhagen, R. Littlejohn) will lecture on themes ranging from Dark energy and Cosmology, (T. Buchert); Quantum Field Theory, (K. Fredhenhagen); Dynamical systems (R. Littlejohn). Lectures will be colloquium style and open to a general audience of graduate students.
 Coordinator(s): M. Carfora, C. Dappiaggi
 Instructors: M. Carfora, C. Dappiaggi, A. Marzuoli, T. Buchert, K. Fredhenhagen, R. Littlejohn
 Status: OFFERED and ACTIVATED
 Graduate Students: Sartori, Salvetti, Marinelli, Benini, Zani
Photonics
This is and advanced course on photonics and nanophysics. Arguments include: nanophotonic systems and methods, quantum effects in radiationmatter interaction, nonlinear optics. For the year 2011/12 most of the course is a special topic course offered with the Marie Curie ITN PROPHET workshop Theory and modelling in Photonics, (see http://fisicavolta.unipv.it/prophet.htm ).
 Coordinator: L.C. Andreani
 Instructors: L.C. Andreani, seminars
 Status: OFFERED and ACTIVATED
 Graduate Students: Pezzini, Pirotta, Bravi, Grassani, Kowalczewski, Orlando
Soft Skills for Graduate Students
This course does not belong to the course requirements but students are strongly advised to attend it. Arguments range from writing techniques for filing a proper grant request, to developing presentation skills for seminars and the like.
 Coordinator: A. Bacchetta
 Instructors: A. Bacchetta
 Status: OFFERED and ACTIVATED
 Graduate Students: Pirotta, Babini, Orlando, Pezzini
Biophysics on Neural Signaling
The course is offered under the aegis of a collaboration between our graduate school and the graduate school in physiology and neuroscience. The computational problems that are solved by networks of neurons, from roughly 100 cells in a small worm to 100 billion in humans provide a number of challenging problems to physicists. Careful study of the natural context for these tasks leads to new mathematical formulations and physical modeling of the problems that brains are solving, and these theoretical approaches in turn suggest new experiments to characterize neurons and networks. This interplay between theory and experiment is the central theme of this course. The course will start from a description of the biomolecular structure of the neuronal membrane and will provide a biophysical interpretation of the processes generating electrical activity in neurons and synapses. The target is to illustrate how neurons generate information codes and how these are processed in complex neuronal networks. Topics will include: 1) Biophysical phenomena in the neuronal membrane, 2) Information in spike trains, 3) Principles of signal processing in neuronal networks.
 Coordinator: E. D’Angelo
 Instructors: E. D’Angelo
 Status: OFFERED and ACTIVATED
 Graduate Students: Sartori, Salvetti, ALHourani, Manessi, Marinelli, Babini, Panza, Colnaghi
Ionizing Radiations and Biological Structures: Theory and Applications
This is an advanced course on the interaction between biological structures and ionizing radiation. The course will be integrated with the special topic course Modeling radiation effects from initial physical events, (Pavia, May 28June 8, 2012), dedicated to learning modeling approaches and techniques in radiation biophysics and radiobiology research, from basic mechanisms to applications.
 Coordinator: A. Ottolenghi
 Instructors: A. Ottolenghi, seminars
 Status: OFFERED and ACTIVATED
 Graduate Students: Babini, Osorio
Spectroscopies in Condensed Matter Physics
This is an advanced course on spectroscopical techniques in condensed matter physics. Topics will include: (i) time resolved optical spectroscopies: techniques and experiments; (ii) Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Nuclear Quadrupolar Resonance Spectroscopies.
 Coordinator: F. Marabelli
 Instructors: F. Marabelli, P. Carretta, M. Galli.
 Status: OFFERED and ACTIVATED
 Graduate Students: Pezzini, Al Hourani, Pirotta, Kowalczewski, Orlando
Experimental Particle Physics
This is an advanced course on modern particle physics with a particular attention to collider physics.
 Coordinator: C. Conta
 Instructors: C. Conta, Seminars
 Status: OFFERED and ACTIVATED
 Graduate Students: Panza, Prosperi
Information and data analysis
Advanced course on data analysis.
 Coordinator(s): A. Rotondi and A. Fontana
 Instructors: A. Rotondi, A. Fontana, Seminars
 Status: OFFERED and ACTIVATED
 Graduate Students: AL Hourani, Babini, plus students from the Graduate School in Physisology and NeuroScience
