From energy to art, future accelerators are close to society

From energy to art, future accelerators are close to society

From energy to the study of works of art, through medicine and safety, future particle accelerators are designed with the aim of possible applications beneficial to the economy and society. Hundreds of projects have been presented at the main international event in the sector, the International Congress on Particle Acceleration, which is being hosted for the first time in Italy, at the Venice Lido.

More than 1,500 scientists from 50 countries and 100 highly innovative industries, many of them Italian, are expected to attend Ipac ’23, organized by Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste and the National Institute of Nuclear Physics, with their National Laboratories in Legnaro.

In the future of particle accelerators, of course, there are large projects aimed at discovering the secrets of dark matter and neutrinos, but for physicists the future of these machines goes hand in hand with the technologies of future accelerators. We are considering, for example, small-scale, low-cost accelerators for use in hospitals for oncology treatments, as well as for applications in energy and cultural heritage analysis. Hundreds of projects will be presented in Venice, where frontier topics such as superconductivity, refrigeration, vacuum, electronics and micromechanics, and quantum technologies will also be discussed.

“We are proud that we have succeeded in placing Italy at the center of the international scene, highlighting the role that Italian sciences, Infn and Elettra play in the world of accelerators”, notes Alessandro Fabrice, of the Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste, coordinator of the local affairs organizing committee of Ipac’23 with Giovanni Bisofi from Infn. Fabrice adds that the conference “will provide a complete overview of new ideas, new results and new technologies.” For Besovi, “The use of accelerators outside of scientific research is more common than one might think.” He added that the cutting-edge technologies developed for these machines “have a huge economic impact and are great drivers of innovation and progress,” and “they aim to be adopted by the industry one day, and once the industry is in the hands of the industry, new ideas spread.”

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