Welcome to the Experimental Astrophysics Laboratory
Catania Astrophysical Observatory, Italy
Astrofisica Sperimentale" (Catania-LASp for short) has
been active in Catania starting from the eighties.
The eldest of the group, after some training at the
Physics department of the Catania University, started the activity at the
Catania Astrophysical Observatory.
Since then and thanks to several funding agencies (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italian CNR;
Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Universita' e della Ricerca, MIUR; Agenzia Spaziale Italiana, ASI; etc.)
and to the help of many colleagues (and directors) of the Observatory
the LASp has grown.
Today Catania-LASp means a group of 6
people with permanent position plus some students and guests, a laboratory building
equipped with high vacuum chambers, facilities for the deposition of ice films, ion and Lyman-alpha irradiation experiments,
many spectrometers in the range
from 190 nm up to 200 micron, and also raman spectrographs.