Challenging the invisible in Massa (Italy)

December 19, 2011

Who: Eugenio Del Nobile
When: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at 17:30
Where: Circolo Briciole, Massa, Italy

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PhD student Eugenio Del Nobile will give a public lecture on Dark Matter in Italy. Title: Vedere l’invisibile: materia grigia contro materia oscura (Looking at the invisible: grey matter vs. dark matter).

Portrait of Eugenio Del NobileThe seminar will be given at the cultural centre Briciole (italian for “crumbs”), named after the work of the famous Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard.
Quantum Mechanics is the physics of things that are far too small to be seen, even with microscopes. In order to look at such small distances, scientists have built and keep building machines and detectors, that are our “eyes” on the invisible. Radios, cell phones and microwave ovens all work with invisible light. In the last decades physicists were also able to detect the most elusive particle among the known ones, the neutrino. One of the challenges is now to detect Dark Matter, a still unknown kind of particles whose contribution to the energetic balance of the Universe is five times larger than the one of all the known particles together. This is one of the new frontiers in seeing the invisible.