Roberta Caruso – member of the Naples Section of the EPS Young Minds Project – reported that “It was such an incredible opportunity for me, because I had the chance to attend lectures from some of the most outstanding scientists in the field of superconductors and, of no less importance, I had the chance to meet a lot of young scientists from all over Europe working in the most diverse areas, from particle physics to astrophysics, and to talk with them about our research and activities, comparing our own environment and ideas.”
The school was scientifically interesting and well organised, thanks to the work of the chairman, Prof. Giampiero Pepe and the organising committee.
The school started with overview lectures to guide the students within the general aspects of superconductivity, non-equilibrium theory and superconducting electronics and the main classes of the superconducting materials currently available. In the next days the lectures focused on the physics of the superconducting tunnel junction [STJ] and of the transition edge sensors [TES] and on their readout electronics and then on the applications of superconducting devices in astrophysics, quantum optics, biotechnology, cryptography, nuclear and particle physics and metrology.
Also, the participants could visit the laboratories of the National Research Council, of the University of Genoa and the Columbus company, which is a world leader factory in cutting-edge magnesium diboride technology.