About the workshop

The PhD workshop is a scientific meeting organized by physics PhD students at the University of Trento and strongly supported by the PhD School in Physics. Due to the worsening of the Covid-19 situation and to the provisions taken by the Italian Government, the workshop will be held online. But still this event represents a […]

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Speakers

Tommaso Rosi

Postdoc at UniTN / Co-founder and Administrator of Level Up
University of Trento

Anesa Bahtic

Psychologist
ODFLab

Marzia Faedda

PhD student
University of Trento

Antoine Salden

PhD student
University of Trento

Dhouha Jemmeli

PhD student
University of Trento

Johanna Mae Indias

PhD student
University of Trento

Simon Boudet

PhD student
University of Trento

Ashish Bisht

PhD student
University of Trento and FBK

Cesare Montesano

PhD student
University of Trento

Giorgio Cartechini

PhD student
University of Trento

Michele Castelluzzo

PhD student
University of Trento

Pietro Battocchio

PhD student
University of Trento

Lorenzo Sala

PhD student
University of Trento

Samuele Marco Silveravalle

PhD student
University of Trento

Schedule

December 2, 2020 09:15 - 09:25 Opening

Welcome

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December 2, 2020 09:25 - 09:35 Opening

Welcome speech by the Director of Physics Department

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December 2, 2020 09:35 - 09:45 Opening

Welcome speech by the Head of the Doctoral Programme in Physics

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December 2, 2020 09:45 - 10:00 Chair: Prof. Chiara La Tessa

Laser Ablation Propulsion

Space economy is moving towards the use of smaller and smaller satellites that can be easily deployed creating large constellations uniformly distributed all around earth, however mass and power constraints imposed by the reduced sizes of these objects require new and more efficient propulsion systems. Laser ablation propulsion exploits the ejection of small masses with […]

Pietro Battocchio PhD student / University of Trento
December 2, 2020 10:00 - 10:15 Chair: Prof. Chiara La Tessa

Development of ultra fast silicon detectors (UFSD) using LGADs for space applications

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Ashish Bisht PhD student / University of Trento and FBK
December 2, 2020 10:15 - 10:30 Chair: Prof. Chiara La Tessa

Chasing nonlinearity in experimental time series

Many physical systems of interest in nowadays research, like human brain and climate, produce signals showing irregular behaviour. In this case, usual methods of study, like spectral analysis, fail to capture all valuable informations if the underlying dynamics of the system is not linear. Nonlinear time series analysis comprises a set of methods, stemming from […]

Michele Castelluzzo PhD student / University of Trento
December 2, 2020 10:30 - 10:45 Break

Coffee break

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December 2, 2020 10:45 - 11:00 Chair: Prof. Gianluca Lattanzi

Enhancing gamma production for online dose verification in proton therapy

The main rationale for using charged particle therapy in cancer treatment is based on the localized energy deposition inside the patient, which translates into a superior sparing of normal tissue compared to conventional radiotherapy with photons. This advantage can be fully exploited if an accurate verification of the match between the therapeutic beam stopping point […]

Giorgio Cartechini PhD student / University of Trento
December 2, 2020 11:00 - 11:15 Chair: Prof. Gianluca Lattanzi

Space-based gravitational wave detection: experimental challenges

The LISA Mission has been selected by ESA as a large-class L3 mission, searching for low-frequency gravitational waves in the next decades. To demonstrate the feasibility of the mission, LISA Pathfinder was launched as a proof-of-concept mission, exceeding its requirements and giving green light to LISA. In this talk, I will give an overview of […]

Lorenzo Sala PhD student / University of Trento
December 2, 2020 11:15 - 11:30 Chair: Prof. Gianluca Lattanzi

Cellulose nanostructures from agricultural wastes as building block for functional materials

Nanocellulose is a natural polymer which is getting a lot of interest for the past decade due to its various applications (e.g. gas barrier films, flame retardant materials, and biocomposites). The main goal of the research is to develop a more sustainable industry-scale method to recover nanocellulose from more coarse agricultural wastes. We consider different […]

Johanna Mae Indias PhD student / University of Trento
December 2, 2020 11:30 - 11:45 Break

Coffee break

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December 2, 2020 11:45 - 12:00 Chair: Dr. Alessio Recati

Black hole with Immirzi hair

A model of modified gravity obtained via a Palatini f(R)-like extension of the Holst action in presence of an Immirzi field is considered. The scalar field characterizing Palatini f(R) theories in the Jordan frame acquires a dynamical character sourced by the Immirzi field and the theory features propagating torsional degrees of freedom. We found an […]

Simon Boudet PhD student / University of Trento
December 2, 2020 12:00 - 12:15 Chair: Dr. Alessio Recati

Black holes, stars and exotic solutions of quadratic gravity

Quadratic curvature terms are commonly introduced in the action as first order corrections of General Relativity. In recent years solutions of such theories gained much attention and many static, spherically symmetric solutions have been found. However a classification of these solutions in terms of their gravitational properties is still lacking. In this talk we address […]

Samuele Marco Silveravalle PhD student / University of Trento
December 2, 2020 12:15 - 12:30 Chair: Dr. Alessio Recati

Plasma discharges for energy storage: the case of Dry Reforming of Methane

One of the most significant challenges of our century is the replacement of fossil fuels with clean energy sources, in particular renewable ones. However, renewable energy sources (RES) are both intermittent and inhomogeneous on the globe. A promising approach to tackle these limitations is the so-called Power-to-Fuel technology. It consists in the conversion of electrical […]

Cesare Montesano PhD student / University of Trento
December 2, 2020 12:30 - 13:00 Psychological counseling

Building the future, living the present in the time of Covid

Anesa Bahtic Psychologist / ODFLab
December 2, 2020 13:00 - 14:15 Break

Lunch

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Physics education: academic research and startupping

A PhD experience can be both the start of a career as an academic researcher and an opportunity to transfer the knowledge of a research area out of the university in an entrepreneurial way. To support this thesis I will present my personal experience both as a PhD student in Physics Education Research (PER) and […]

Tommaso Rosi Postdoc at UniTN / Co-founder and Administrator of Level Up / University of Trento
December 2, 2020 15:30 - 15:45 Break

Coffee break

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December 2, 2020 15:45 - 16:00 Chair: Prof. Paolo Bettotti

Neural Network on a Photonic Chip

In the PELM project the basic element is a SCISSOR (side-coupled integrated spaced sequences of optical resonators), that’s designed in simple linear geometries and in complex topologies. The first step was analyzing different single ring resonators (with different gaps and different bending of the waveguides and extracting the characteristic parameters for both (such: quality factor, […]

Dhouha Jemmeli PhD student / University of Trento
December 2, 2020 16:00 - 16:15 Chair: Prof. Paolo Bettotti

Investigation CO2 plasma fundamentals for a clean future

The transition of the global economy to renewable energy over fossil fuels has been gaining momentum in recent years. More and more countries as well as businesses are pledging to abolish fossil fuel based hydrocarbons in their energy supply [1, 2]. The intermittent nature of renewable energy techniques such as solar and wind power does […]

Antoine Salden PhD student / University of Trento
December 2, 2020 16:15 - 16:30 Chair: Prof. Paolo Bettotti

Efficient catalysts for the plasma-assisted Dry Reforming of Methane

The increasing growth in prosperity, industrialization and globalization are leading to an unsustainable demand for energy and natural resources worldwide, together with a surge in the levels of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in our atmosphere. GHGs are a major driver of climate change. A report of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) states that in 2018 GHGs […]

Marzia Faedda PhD student / University of Trento
December 2, 2020 16:30 - 18:00 Posters

Poster session

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December 2, 2020 18:00 - 18:10 Closure

Final greetings

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