The AMALDI Research Center is an interdisciplinary Center for both Gravitation Physics and Astrophysics. It is dedicated to Edoardo Amaldi, and has the purpose to (i) consolidate the role of the Physics Department and Italy (in general) within the international Gravitational-Wave (GW) research community; (ii) exploit the scientific return provided by the kilometer-scale laser interferometers LIGO and Virgo; (iii) be a key player for the design and development of the third-generation (3G) detectors (such as Einstein Telescope) and LISA gravity telescopes; (iv) train a new generation of students and researchers with strong transversal skills; (v) be an incubator for new ideas helping to cover frequency bands beyond those typical for current ground-based GW detectors; (vi) promote technology transfer to industries and enterprises; (vii) coordinate outreach activities.
A relevant improvement in the current interferometer sensitivity requires the development of new measurement strategies, new sensors and experimental devices based on innovative methodologies. This can be achieved by combining multidisciplinary expertise in the fields of material physics, quantum optics, cryogenics and superconductivity, very well represented by several research groups who are extremely active within the Department, with internationally recognized excellences.
The activities of the AMALDI Research Center will be organized according to the following topics:
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