GALILEO GALILEI FOUNDATION
WORLD FEDERATION OF SCIENTISTS
ETTORE MAJORANA CENTRE FOR SCIENTIFIC CULTURE
GALILEO GALILEI CELEBRATIONS
Four Hundred Years Since the Birth of MODERN SCIENCE
INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF
HEAVY ION PHYSICS
4th Course: EXOTIC NUCLEI
ERICE-SICILY: 11 - 20 MAY 1997
Sponsored by the:
PROGRAMME AND LECTURERS
The past decade has seen a dramatic progress in our experimental possibilities for studying far-unstable nuclei. New facilities based on heavy-ion fragmentation and recoil mass separation have provided fast radioactive beams suitable for reaction studies and have opened up new horizons in a field previously served by the slow beams of on-line isotope separators. In a further development that has already begun, the beams from the latter will be accelerated into the intermediate-energy range (0.1-10 MeV/nucleon) not previously accessible to experimentation with radioactive projectiles. From these studies a clear picture is emerging of the major role neutron excess plays in the structure of atomic nuclei. In particular, in renormalizing the properties of single-particle and collective motion as we know them from the study of nuclei along the valley of stability. The main subject of the Course is the study of the basic physical phenomena which are at the basis of the "exotic behaviour" of "exotic nuclei", as well as of their consequences in other areas of research, in particular in nuclear astrophsyics.
Persons wishing to attend the Course should write to:
They should specify:
Young persons with only a few years of experience should enclose a letter of recommendation from the head of their research group or from another senior scientist active in the field.
The total fee, which includes full board and lodging (arranged by the School), is US $900. Thanks to the generosity of the sponsoring Institutions, partial support can be granted to some deserving students who need financial help. Requests to this effect must be specified and justified in the letter of application.
Closing date for application: April 15, 1997
No special application form is required
A letter of acceptance will be sent to successful applicants.
Admission to the Course will be decided in consultation with the Advisory Committee of the School consisting of Professors R.A. Broglia, P.G. Hansen and A. Zichichi.
Participants should arrive in Erice on May 11, no later than 5 p.m.
According to legend, Erice, son of Venus and Neptune, founded a
small town on top of a mountain (750 metres above sea level) more than three
thousand years ago. The great historian Thucydides (~500 B.C.) said that
the Elymi - founders of Erice - were survivors of the destruction of Troy.
Ancient historians agreed that Erice was the oldest city in Europe.
Homer (~1000 B.C.), Theocritus (~300 B.C.), Polybius (~200 B.C.), Virgil (~50 B.C.), Horace (~20 B.C.), and others have celebrated this magnificent spot in Sicily in their poems. In Erice you can admire the Castle of Venus, the Cyclopean Walls (~800 B.C.) and the Gothic Cathedral (~1300 A.D.). Erice is at present a mixture of ancient and medieval architecture.
Other masterpieces of ancient civilization are to be found in the neighbourhood: at Motya (Phoenician), Segesta (Elymian), and Selinunte (Greek). On the Aegadian Islands - theatre of the decisive naval battle of the first Punic War (264-241 B.C.) - suggestive neolithic and paleolithic vestiges are still visible: the grottoes of Favignana, the carvings and murals of Levanzo.
Splendid beaches are at San Vito Lo Capo, Scopello, and Cornino, and a wild and rocky coast around Monte Cofano: all at less than one hour's drive from Erice.
DIRECTOR OF THE COURSE: P.G. HANSEN
DIRECTOR OF THE SCHOOL: R.A. BROGLIA
DIRECTOR OF THE CENTRE: A. ZICHICHI