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INFN - National Laboratories of Southern Italy

Description The Laboratori Nazionali del Sud (LNS) is one of the four national laboratories of INFN. Founded in 1976, it currently employs about 150 people (researchers, technicians, PhD and diploma students) and represents an advanced development centre for technology and instrumentation. At LNS two particle accelerators are available: a 15MV Tandem Van De Graaff that was used for the first experiments in the early 1980s, and a K800 Superconducting Cyclotron in full operation since 1996. The scientific mission of the LNS is mainly the study of nuclear collisions at intermediate and low energy, in collaboration with researchers coming from several countries. Research activity in several multi-disciplinary (i.e. non-nuclear) fields is also developing. A centre for eye-melanoma therapy and a laboratory for the analysis of historical and archaeological heritage by means of non-destructive techniques are in operation at LNS. A deep-sea multidisciplinary laboratory, named KM3Net Italia is under development. The project foresees the realization of 32 Detection Unit to be deployed at the Capo Passero site (3500 m below sea level, 80 km from the south-east coast of Italy). LNS has a Program Advisory Committee which meets at least once a year. The PAC is composed of two nationals and five foreign members.
URL http://www.lns.infn.it
Status Operational since 1976
Scientific Domains Biological and Medical Sciences
Physical Sciences and Engineering
RI Categorization Astro-particle and neutrino detectors and observatories
Location via Santa Sofia 62, Catania, 95125, Sicily, Italy
MERIL URL http://portal.meril.eu/meril/view/facilitys/15484