Physics, astrophysics and applied physics
Doctoral programme (PhD)
A.Y. 2019/2020
Study area
Science and Technology
PhD Coordinator
The main theme of this doctoral programme is physics in advanced sectors of pure and applied research. Research covers all areas of modern physics, as indicated in the 5 curricula which aim to facilitate the placement of doctoral students in specific sectors.
The required basic training is guaranteed by a combination of courses specific to this programme and others exceptionally borrowed from the second cycle degree programme, with examinations at the end of the first year. Moreover, doctoratal students are required to attend an International School, with final assessment through a public seminar. The programme also provides various opportunities for discussion and exchanges among students in different programmes, particularly during a workshop at the end of the academic year.
Training is supplemented by coordinated series of subject specific conferences ("Physics Colloquia"). At the same time, doctoral students will have to undertake original research under the guidance of a tutor and a cotutor and report on their progress through annual seminars during which students present their findings to the University's scientific community. This programme also offers internships in Fundamental Physics or High Technology at National and International Laboratories and private Research Laboratories.
The required basic training is guaranteed by a combination of courses specific to this programme and others exceptionally borrowed from the second cycle degree programme, with examinations at the end of the first year. Moreover, doctoratal students are required to attend an International School, with final assessment through a public seminar. The programme also provides various opportunities for discussion and exchanges among students in different programmes, particularly during a workshop at the end of the academic year.
Training is supplemented by coordinated series of subject specific conferences ("Physics Colloquia"). At the same time, doctoral students will have to undertake original research under the guidance of a tutor and a cotutor and report on their progress through annual seminars during which students present their findings to the University's scientific community. This programme also offers internships in Fundamental Physics or High Technology at National and International Laboratories and private Research Laboratories.
Classi di laurea magistrale:
LM6 Biologia,
LM8 Biotecnologie industriali,
LM9 Biotecnologie mediche, veterinarie e farmaceutiche,
LM11  Scienze per la conservazione dei beni culturali,
LM17 Fisica,
LM18 Informatica,
LM20 Ingegneria aerospaziale e astronautica,
LM21 Ingegneria biomedica,
LM22 Ingegneria chimica,
LM25 Ingegneria dell'automazione,
LM27 Ingegneria delle telecomunicazioni,
LM28 Ingegneria elettrica,
LM29 Ingegneria elettronica,
LM30 Ingegneria energetica e nucleare,
LM32 Ingegneria informatica,
LM33 Ingegneria meccanica,
LM40 Matematica,
LM44 Modellistica matematicofisica per l'ingegneria,
LM53 Scienza e ingegneria dei materiali,
LM54 Scienze chimiche,
LM58 Scienze dell'universo,
LM71 Scienze e tecnologie della chimica industriale,
LM74 Scienze e tecnologie geologiche,
LM75 Scienze e tecnologie per l'ambiente e il territorio,
LM79 Scienze geofisiche,
LM82 Scienze statistiche.
LM6 Biologia,
LM8 Biotecnologie industriali,
LM9 Biotecnologie mediche, veterinarie e farmaceutiche,
LM11  Scienze per la conservazione dei beni culturali,
LM17 Fisica,
LM18 Informatica,
LM20 Ingegneria aerospaziale e astronautica,
LM21 Ingegneria biomedica,
LM22 Ingegneria chimica,
LM25 Ingegneria dell'automazione,
LM27 Ingegneria delle telecomunicazioni,
LM28 Ingegneria elettrica,
LM29 Ingegneria elettronica,
LM30 Ingegneria energetica e nucleare,
LM32 Ingegneria informatica,
LM33 Ingegneria meccanica,
LM40 Matematica,
LM44 Modellistica matematicofisica per l'ingegneria,
LM53 Scienza e ingegneria dei materiali,
LM54 Scienze chimiche,
LM58 Scienze dell'universo,
LM71 Scienze e tecnologie della chimica industriale,
LM74 Scienze e tecnologie geologiche,
LM75 Scienze e tecnologie per l'ambiente e il territorio,
LM79 Scienze geofisiche,
LM82 Scienze statistiche.
Dipartimento di Fisica "Aldo Pontremoli"  Via Celoria, 16  Milano
 Main offices
Dipartimento di Fisica "Aldo Pontremoli"  Via Celoria, 16  Milano  Degree course coordinator: prof. Matteo Paris
matteo.paris@unimi.it  Degree course website
http://phd.fisica.unimi.it/
Title  Professor(s) 

Lensing raytracing of CMB temperature and polarization anisotropies in the presence of dark energy and massive neutrinos
Requisiti: Cosmology I Curriculum: Astrophysics 
C. Carbone

Large scale structure formation in the presence of dark energy and massive neutrinos
Requisiti: Cosmology III Curriculum: Astrophysics 
C. Carbone

Mass diagnostics in galaxies and clusters of galaxies and dynamics of stellar systems
Curriculum: Astrophysics 

Gravitational lenses
Curriculum: Astrophysics 

Black hole growth
Curriculum: Astrophysics 

Protostellar disc dynamics and planet formation
Curriculum: Astrophysics 

Observations and modelling of the largecale structure of the Universe: from galaxies to cosmological parameters
Requisiti: Knowledge of the fundamentals of theoretical and observatonal cosmology Curriculum: Astrophysics 

Numerical simulations of systematic effects and cosmological performances of the Euclid mission
Requisiti: Knowledge of the fundamentals of theoretical and observatonal cosmology Curriculum: Astrophysics 

Dark molecular clouds and star formation
Curriculum: Astrophysics 

Developments in data analysis for future cosmic microwave background experiments
Requisiti: Basic astrophysical background, good knowledge of at least one programming language Curriculum: Astrophysics 

Theory and models of pulsar glitches
Curriculum: Astrophysics 

FreeElectron Laser bases on two fold acceleration and arc compressor
Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Experimental study of the electronic properties of nanoparticles embedded in semiconductor matrix by means photoelectron spectroscopy
Requisiti: Basic knowledge of condensed matter physics Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Spin dynamics and quantum effects in molecular magnets
Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 
A. Lascialfari

MRI and NMR methodologies for longitudinal disease studies
Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 
A. Lascialfari

Ionic liquids: interfacial properties and interactions in nanobiosystems
Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Investigation of cellular and biomolecular interactions in nanostructured systems and interfaces by Scanning Probe Microscopy
Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Nonequilibrium fluctuations in complex fluids (project GiantFluctuations, European Space Agency)
Requisiti: Basic knowledge of physical optics and hydrodynamics Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Pattern formation and macroscopic phase transitions in complex fluids out of equilibrium
Requisiti: Basic knowledge of physical optics and hydrodynamics Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Wavefront diagnostics of radiation with orbital angular momentum
Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Open quantum systems theory
Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Simulation of complex systems, ultracold atoms and strongly correlated quantum systems
Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Computational Intelligence algorithms and Coherent Diffraction Imaging
Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Theoretical studies on positronium confined in nanocavities in condensed matter, and on Rydberg positronium in electric and magnetic fields
Requisiti: Basic knowledge of quantum mechanics, atomic physics and numerical methods Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Experiments on fundamental properties of antimatter: quantum interferometry with charged or neutral particles, gravitational acceleration on antimatter
Requisiti: Basic knowledge of quantum mechanics and experimental techniques Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 
M. Giammarchi

Theoretical and computational study of electron corelevel spectroscopies and phenomena induced by the excitation
Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Firstprinciples investigation of structural, electronic and optical properties of solids, surfaces and thin films
Requisiti: Knowledge of quantum mechanics (first quantization); further basic knowledge of the Many Body theory (at the level of the omonymous course of the Master degree in Physics) are welcome, but not strictly necessary Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Theoretical study of Structural, electronic, optical, and magnetic properties of nanostructures and lowdimensional systems
Requisiti: Knowledge of quantum mechanics and electromagnetism at the level of the compulsory courses for the master grade in Physics. Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Magnetization dinamics in nanostructured solids with pumpprobe spectroscopic methods at tens fs time resolution
Requisiti: Condensed matter physics, Quantum Physics Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Electronic propoerties of surfaces opf topological materials with SpinResolved ARPES (photoemission) methods on advanced materials synthesised insitu by epitaxial methods
Requisiti: Condensed matter physics, Quantum Physics Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Use of models from statistical mechanics, physics of complex systems, computational physics and machine learning to understand the physics of biopolymers (proteins, DNA, RNA and chromosomes).
Requisiti: Basic knowledge of statistical mechanics and numerical calculations Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Yielding and recovery in fibre networks: rheological and microstructural characterization
Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Physics of protein and DNA folding: experimental study of the conformational kinetis of model polypeptide chains and DNA sequences.
Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Quantum walks and quantum simulators.
Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Open quantum systems and quantum technologies.
Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Heating and transport in fusion relevant plasmas.
Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Nonneutral/dusty plasmas and Penning traps: confinement, nonlinear dynamics, turbulence.
Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Rheologic properties of nanomicro particles in fluid environments. Simulation how a given volume fraction of solid particles will affect the effective viscosity and lubric properties of a thin or thick fluid lubricant layer.
Requisiti: Basic knowledge of classical and statistical mechanics, plus condensedmatter physics. Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Modeling friction and dissipation beyond moleculardynamics simulations. Recent advances in the theory of phonon dissipation generated by sliding objects may allow researchers to predict dynamic friction by evaluating essentially analytic formulas with no need to simulate explicit atomistic motions.
Requisiti: Basic knowledge of classical and statistical mechanics, plus condensedmatter physics. Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Simulations of friction and other collective dynamical properties of systems of mutually interacting colloids over partterned surfaces.
Requisiti: Basic knowledge of classical and statistical mechanics, plus condensedmatter physics. Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Spatial selforganization in ultracold matter.
Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Collective light scattering and coupled dipoles.
Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Synchrotron radiation and free electron laser studies on clusters and nanoparticles: physicochemical characterization; interaction with photons and energy relaxation processes in isolated nanoobjects.
Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Nanostructured materials with potential for energy production, conversion and storage applications: synthesis and characterization.
Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Nonequlibrium phenomena in soft matter
Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Quantum communication and computation.
Requisiti: Knowledge of quantum mechanics and basic knowledge of classical and quantum information theory. Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Quantum optics.
Requisiti: Knowledge of quantum mechanics. Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Approcci computazionali e fisico statstici ai fenomeni biofisici.
Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Statistical physics of the mechanics of materials: friction, fracture and plasticity.
Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Statistical, thermodynamic and mechanical properties of DNAbased materials
Curriculum: Condensed matter physics 

Physics at high energy hadron colliders: measurements of Standard Model processes, Higgs boson properties and search for new physics in the ATLAS experiment at the LHC
Curriculum: Nuclear and particle physics 
T. Lari

Silicon detectors for high energy physics experiments
Curriculum: Nuclear and particle physics 
C. Meroni

Innovative tracking and calorimetric trigger systems for the highluminosity frontier particle physics experiments
Curriculum: Nuclear and particle physics 
C. Meroni

Studies of properties of nuclei far from stability of interest for nucleosynthesis processes occurring in stars. Activity based on stable and radioactive beams (at CERNISOLDE, LNL, RIKEN and RNPCOsaka), employing large arrays, advanced gamma spectroscopy methods with developments of new techniques
Requisiti: Nuclear Physics. Gamma and particle detectors Curriculum: Nuclear and particle physics 

Study of the gamma decay from nuclear highly collective states and study of the detectors and technique for the measurement of high energy gamma rays (530 MeV)
Requisiti: Nuclear Physics. Gamma and particle detectors Curriculum: Nuclear and particle physics 

Measurement of cross sections of nuclear reactions of astrophysical interest (Primordial nucleosynthesis, Hydrogen, Helium and Carbon burning) in the Gran Sasso underground Laboratory (LUNA and LUNA MV experiments)
Requisiti: Nuclear Physics. Particle detectors Curriculum: Nuclear and particle physics 

Neutrino physics and neutrino detector development with the Borexino/SOX and JUNO experiments
Curriculum: Nuclear and particle physics 
B. Caccianiga
M. Giammarchi

Search of Time modulation from lowmass Dark Matter using twin detectors based on high purity NaI crystal matrices located in both hemispheres: Gran Sasso and Australia
Curriculum: Nuclear and particle physics 

Development of cryogenic light detectors based on SiPM matrices for applications in the field of Neutrino Physics and Dark Matter
Curriculum: Nuclear and particle physics 

Studies on Rydberg level positronium in electric and magnetic fields for fundamental experiments with antimatter
Requisiti: Basic knowledge of quantum mechanics Curriculum: Nuclear and particle physics 
M. Giammarchi

Direct Dark Matter searches with dual phase liquid argon Time Projection Chambers at Gran Sasso National Laboratory
Curriculum: Nuclear and particle physics 

Experimental Nuclear Physics for medicine: development of detectors and cross section measurements useful for hadrotherapy
Curriculum: Nuclear and particle physics 
G. Battistoni

Applications of nuclear physics to nuclear astrophysics
Curriculum: Nuclear and particle physics 
E. Vigezzi

Interplay between nuclear structure and reactions
Curriculum: Nuclear and particle physics 
E. Vigezzi

Study of atomic nuclei using direct and inverse Density Functional Theory
Curriculum: Nuclear and particle physics 
E. Vigezzi

Manybody theories for fermionic systems with applications to nuclei
Curriculum: Nuclear and particle physics 
E. Vigezzi

Innovative computing technologies for particle physics
Curriculum: Nuclear and particle physics 

Ultrahighenergy cosmic ray measurements at the AUGER observatory
Curriculum: Nuclear and particle physics 
M. Giammarchi

Development of ASICs and advanced electronics systems for particle physics
Curriculum: Nuclear and particle physics 

Flavour physics and CP violation in the LHCb experiment
Curriculum: Nuclear and particle physics 

AdS/CFT correspondence and supersymmetric field theories
Curriculum: Theoretical physics 
A. Santambrogio

Foundations of quantum mechanics
Curriculum: Theoretical physics 

Black holes in supergravity and string theory
Curriculum: Theoretical physics 

Inflation and string theory
Curriculum: Theoretical physics 

Theoretical physics at the LHC: fundamental interactions and the Higgs boson in the standard model and beyond
Curriculum: Theoretical physics 

Parton Distribution Functions: Machine learning and QCD resummation
Curriculum: Theoretical physics 

Physics and application of Inverse Compton Sources
Curriculum: Applied physics 

Development of biohybrid actuators for biomedical applications
Requisiti: Basic notions in microfabrication and polymer chemistry Curriculum: Applied physics 

Light, Xray and neutron scattering by nanostructures (amyloid peptides and proteins, biocolloids)
Curriculum: Applied physics 

Magnetic nanoparticles: fundamental properties and applications to biomedicine
Curriculum: Applied physics 
A. Lascialfari

Chemicalphysical properties of biomembranes in presence of gated ion channels: study by atomic force microscopy, spectroscopy and calorimetry
Curriculum: Applied physics 

Production optimization in unconventional way and at high specicific activity of radionuclides for applications in medicine (radiodiagnostic, metabolic radiotherapy towards the teragnostic), environmental and nanotoxicological studies
Requisiti: Basic knowledge of Health Physics and Radioprotection Curriculum: Applied physics 

Development of Monte Carlo methods for the calculation of interaction of Radiation with Matter, focusing in particular on biomedical applications
Curriculum: Applied physics 
G. Battistoni

Development and characterization of novel materials and methodologies for ionizing radiation detection and dosimetry
Curriculum: Applied physics 

Optical biosensors: development of surfaceimmobilized responsive nanoscale hydrogels based on DNA nanotechnology
Curriculum: Applied physics 

Physical characterization of biological hydrogels with applications in nanomedicine. Light, X and neutron spectroscopy
Curriculum: Applied physics 

Biomolecule sensing at the gas/liquid and liquid/liquid interface by differential interferometric tecniques
Curriculum: Applied physics 

Mechanisms of response in active matter: scaling up from individual to collective level in biosystems
Curriculum: Applied physics 

Development of experimental and modelling advanced approaches for the study of atmospheric aerosol properties and sources
Curriculum: Applied physics 

Liquidliquid phase separations in mixtures of biopolymers: understanding how cells use phase transitions
Curriculum: Applied physics 

Neutron, Xray reflectometry and AFM in liquid on single complex biomembranes in interaction with biomolecules
Curriculum: Applied physics 
Courses list
March
Courses or activities  Professor(s)  ECTS  Total hours  Language 

Optional  
Advanced topics in astrophysics and plasma physicsBayesian Statistics in Astronomy  2  10  English  
Advanced topics in astrophysics and plasma physicsCollective Phenomena in Plasma Physics  2  10  English  
Advanced topics in astrophysics and plasma physicsCosmology  2  10  English  
Advanced topics in astrophysics and plasma physicsFundamentals of Computational Fluid Dynamics in Astrophysics  2  10  English  
Advanced topics in astrophysics and plasma physicsGravitational lensing  2  10  English  
Advanced topics in astrophysics and plasma physicsObservations and theory of largescale structure formation  2  10  English  
Advanced topics in astrophysics and plasma physicsObservations of the Cosmic Microwave Background  2  10  English 
March
Courses or activities  Professor(s)  ECTS  Total hours  Language 

Optional  
Quantum Theory of Matter  6  30  English 
May
Courses or activities  Professor(s)  ECTS  Total hours  Language 

Optional  
Quantum Coherent Phenomena  6  30  English 
March
Courses or activities  Professor(s)  ECTS  Total hours  Language 

Optional  
Experimental study of transfer and fusion reactions  2  10  English  
Nuclear structure studied with stable and radioactive beams  2  10  English  
Nuclear structure theory: Density Functional methods in nuclear physics  2  10  English  
Theoretical models for heavy ion reactions around the Coulomb barrier  2  10  English 
May
Courses or activities  Professor(s)  ECTS  Total hours  Language 

Optional  
Advanced topics in particle physics  4  20  English  
Neutrino Physics  2  10  English 
February
Courses or activities  Professor(s)  ECTS  Total hours  Language 

Optional  
Computational, simulation and machine learning methods in High Energy Physics and Beyond: Monte Carlo Methods.  3  15  English 
June
Courses or activities  Professor(s)  ECTS  Total hours  Language 

Optional  
Computational, simulation and machine learning methods in High Energy Physics and Beyond: Automated computational tools.  3  15  English 
May
Courses or activities  Professor(s)  ECTS  Total hours  Language 

Optional  
Experimental methods for the investigation of systems at the nanoscale  6  30  English 
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