Nuclear physics, a new technology hub for universities and companies in Frascati
A research infrastructure open to the world of researchers and the business community, able to offer the most advanced technologies developed in the field of particle accelerators to create innovation in many sectors, from medicine to the preservation of cultural heritage.
This is the objective of LATINO-Laboratory in Advanced Technologies for INnOvation, the project to be launched at the National Laboratory of Frascati of the National Institute for Nuclear Physics - LNF-INFN. The project involves the creation of a facility open to the Italian and international industrial and academic communities, which will allow the most advanced research in the fields of medicine, industry, environment, security and cultural heritage.
The LATINO project was among the winners of the call for ‘Infrastrutture Aperte per la Ricerca’ (Open Research Infrastructures) launched by Regione Lazio, which will also co-fund it with 1.7 million euro. “LATINO is a very interesting project, with Regione Lazio investing for the first time in an open research infrastructure for technologies related to accelerators”, explained Pierluigi Campana, Director of the INFN National Laboratory in Frascati. “Companies will have access to the new laboratory and this will certainly offer them an opportunity to enhance their competitiveness in the global market. The creation of LATINO is a new and exciting challenge for our Laboratory and staff”, Campana concluded.
The facility will consist of four laboratories: radio frequency, magnetic measurements, vacuum and heat treatments, and mechanical integration. The laboratories will use the most advanced technologies acquired by the INFN Frascati Laboratory in recent years through international collaborations in the field of accelerators.
This was also the case with the EuPRAXIA project, funded by the European Commission under Horizon 2020, which made it possible to build a smaller accelerator that is easier to use for medical and industrial applications.