LNGS Summer Students Program (INFN-DoE)

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DOE/INFN Summer Exchange Program for 2023

2023 Edition

INFN Gran Sasso National Laboratory site

 

The US Department of Energy (DoE) and the National Institute for Nuclear Physics - Italy (INFN) announce the 2023 Summer Exchange Program edition, addressed to US and Italian students in science and engineering.

Students are given a chance to join projects that will deepen their experience in the fields of science and technology which are relevant for their academic training.  

The Gran Sasso National Laboratory (LNGS ) is one of the four INFN National laboratories. It is the largest underground laboratory in the world for experiments in particle physics and nuclear astrophysics.

In particular, the CUPID and LUNA Experiments at LNGS have expressed an interest in the INFN-DoE Program. 

For this edition, in fact, FOUR total positions are available as reported below:

 

  • TWO positions for CUPID experiment

Title: Development of rare events (Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay) particle detectors at LNGS, in the CUPID experiment.

Description: CUPID (Cuore Upgrade with Particle IDentification) is the successor of the CUORE experiment, searching for neutrinoless double beta (0νββ) decay with Li2MoO4 scintillating crystals enriched in 100Mo. The crystals are operated simultaneously as bolometric and scintillation detectors. The student will take part in the preparation and running of innovative tests for particle detectors (preparation, installation, data-taking and analysis) and will get familiar with bolometric particle detectors. Basic knowledge of particle physics is preferred. 

Tutor: Paolo Gorla (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Activity period: June-July 2023 or September-October 2023

 

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  • ONE position for LUNA experiment

Title: Measurement of the cross section and branching ratios of the 14N(p,γ)15O reaction at LUNA.

Description: This internship project aims to measure the cross section and branching ratios of the 14N(p,γ)15O reaction at LUNA (Laboratory for Underground Nuclear Astrophysics). The 14N(p,γ)15O reaction plays a crucial role in the nucleosynthesis of elements in stars and is particularly important for understanding the production of neutrinos in the CNO cycle. The internship will involve the use of a state-of-the-art accelerator and detector setup to accurately measure the cross section and branching ratios at the energies relevant to stellar conditions. The data obtained will be analyzed using advanced nuclear physics techniques and will be compared to theoretical models. This project will provide students with hands-on experience in experimental nuclear physics and the opportunity to contribute to the study of the fundamental processes that make stars shine.

Tutor:  Ferraro Federico (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) 
  Alessandro Compagnucci (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Activity period: June-July 2023

 

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  • ONE position for LUNA experiment

Title: Measurement of the gamma background of a shielded HPGe detector inside the LNGS underground laboratory.

Description: The Laboratory for Underground Nuclear Astrophysics (LUNA) experiment, located at Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso (LNGS) underground laboratory in Italy, aims to study the 12C+12C reaction via photon detection at the new LUNA-MV accelerator. A key component of this experiment is the use of a high-purity germanium (HPGe) detector, enclosed in a 25 cm thick lead shielding to suppress the low-energy background gamma radiation in the experimental site. The goal of this internship is to measure the background of this detector and to characterize it accurately in order to optimize its performances and enhance the sensitivity of the LUNA experiment to the 12C+12C reaction cross section. This measurement will be carried out using advanced equipment and data analysis methods, as well as Monte Carlo simulations.

Tutor:  Ferraro Federico (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) 
  Riccardo Gesuè (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Activity period: September-October 2023

 

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Local contacts:

LNGS UserOffice: Vincenzo Fantozzi and Serena Cavalcante (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

 

Local LNGS site: https://www.lngs.infn.it/en

 

LNGS Summer Students Program site: https://www.lngs.infn.it/it/summer-student-lngs

To apply and for further info please refer to INFN site: https://web.infn.it/DOE-INFN-SSEP/

 

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