Department of Nuclear, Sub-nuclear and Radiation Physics


Prof. Matteo Martini
Prof. Matteo Martini

Department Council

Prof. Giovanni Briganti

Enrico Bocci

Fabrizio Fontana

Prof. Massimo Fioranelli

Prof. Sabino Meola

Research Officer

Prof. Sabino Meola


The Department of Nuclear, Sub-nuclear and Radiation Physics (DFNSR) welcomes faculty members and students who are fascinated by the mysteries of the universe and the nature of matter.
The Department coordinates research in High Energy Physics, Applied Physics and Radiation Biology and Oncology, focusing on the following long-term missions:

  • Promote and ensure quality of research,
  • Pursue fundamental science strengthening the research ground of the University,
  • Identify new areas of study and research to develop in accordance with contemporary goals,
  • Reinforce a closer cooperation with research centers, industries and professionals in order to enhance research quality and to guarantee its achievements available for a broad audience,
  • Benefit society by means of the improvement of knowledge and understanding through excellence in education and research,
  • Improve effective communication throughout the University community.

Research Areas and Objectives

The Department's research fields include Physical Science, Mathematical Science, Biological Science and Health Science. The research activities focus on theoretical and experimental particle physics and string theory, fundamental radiation-matter interaction, nuclear physics, detector physics, high-energy calorimetry, optics and photometry and thermodynamics.

Members of the Department are involved in research on advanced mathematics in particular mathematical physics, nanophysics and mathematics applied to finance studied from an analytical and stochastic point of view. In the field of Biological and Health Science, research activities include biophysics, biological effects of radiation, low dose effect in cardiovascular and oncologic diseases, physiology, in vivo and in vitro experimental oncology, in vivo and in vitro studies of nano - techniques.

The department offers excellence and leadership in the core areas of fundamental and biological physics. Department is strengthening its competencies in other areas such as experimental oncology, nanotechnology in dermatological sciences, stomatology and regenerative medicine, studies on the effects of psychosomatic diseases, diagnostic imaging studies and materials science.

Members of the department are also involved in the development of innovative synchronous/asynchronous remote learning didactics procedures. Interaction between Physics and other departments is critical and therefore strongly promoted.

As concerns Previous Experiences in Research Projects, all members of DFNSR have good experience in submission of national (Firb/Prin) and international funding projects (7th Framework Programme FP7, Horizon 2020, European Research Council).

DFNSR joined international networks like DOREMI and the activities of the Italian Society of Radiation Research – SIRR. A continuous cooperation with the Vitiligo Research Foundation (New York, USA) and with World Health Academy of Dermatology (Zurich, Switzerland) are in force as well.

Several projects have been funded by EURATOM and by the Italian Association for Cancer Research – AIRC.

As concerns the collaboration with third parties, the department started official collaboration with most important research institutes and international laboratories. At the moment the list includes:

  • Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory of Chicago - FNAL (USA),
  • CERN laboratories of Geneva (Switzerland),
  • Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics – INFN (Italy),
  • Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development – ENEA (Italy),
  • CERFIM (European Centre Research in Mathematics and Physics, Locarno - Switzerland),
  • ITMO University of Saint Petersburg (Russia).

Members of DFNSR participates to several experiments worldwide like the CMS, NA62 and SHiP experiments at CERN, the Mu2e experiment at Fermilab, the KLOE-2 experiment at National Frascati Laboratories of INFN and to the experiments at the Radiation Biology and Biomedicine Laboratory of ENEA.

The research in theoretical physics includes a participation to the international grant "Quantum Higher Spin Gravity, String Theory, and Associated Dualities" of the Russian Science Foundation assigned to the Lebedev Physics Institute in Moscow.

A specific agreement with INFN has been signed to share research facilities and knowledge and to coordinate common initiatives.