Welcome to the Experimental Astrophysics Laboratory

Catania Astrophysical Observatory, Italy

Ion beam image

Research activities

A fast ion passing through a solid releases its energy to the target material, as a consequence many molecular bonds are broken along the ion-track and, in a very short time (one picosec or less), the radicals and molecular fragments recombine giving rise to a rearrangement in the chemical structure. As a consequence, in addition to the alteration of the chemical and lattice structure of the target material, new molecular species (not present before irradiation) are formed. Our group is mainly involved in the experimental study of the effects induced by fast ions and, recently, UV Lyman-alpha photons in solids (frozen gases, carbonaceous and organic materials, silicates etc.) of astrophysical interest and not.
More research details will be available soon.

Job Opportunities                                        

Post-doc research contracts:        
D.D. n. 169/2017 (application deadline 20 December 2017 at 13:00)
D.D. n. 253/2015 (application deadline 17 December 2015 at 13:00)
D.D. n. 183/2014 (english version - application deadline 15 October 2014 at 13:00)
D.D. n. 183/2014 (versione italiana - scadenza 15 Ottobre 2014 alle 13:00)

Graduate-student fellowships:
D.D. n. 119/2017 (application deadline 19 October 2017 at 13:00)
D.D. n. 196/2014 (application deadline 24 September 2014 at 13:00)

Collaboration Contracts:        
D.D. n. 173/2014 (application deadline 16 September 2014 at 13:00)

PhD fellowships:        
D.R. n. 2383 (application deadline 25 July 2018)
D.R. n. 2491 (application deadline 11 August 2017 at 14:00)
D.R. n. 3084 (application deadline 16 September 2014 at 14:00)

For more info contact Dr. M.E. Palumbo maria.palumbo@inaf.it