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Roberto Peccei, 1942-2020

On June, the first, professor Roberto Peccei passed away

On June, the first, professor Roberto Peccei passed away.  Roberto Peccei was a distinguished scientist. He was a particle theorist whose principal interests were in the area of electroweak interactions and in the interface between particle physics and physical cosmology. He was for many years vice chancellor for research of the University of California, Los Angeles and a Fellow of the American Physical Society. In 2013 he received the American Physical Society’s 2013 J.J. Sakurai Prize for Theoretical Particle Physics. He was also He was Vice-President of the Club of Rome.

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ALMA shed light on the chemical composition of a protoplanetary disk

Oct 09, 2020

ALMA shed light on the chemical composition of a protoplanetary disk The team led by Linda Podio, a researcher at INAF, observed a protoplanetary disk of less than 1 million years, which is almost edge-on. The edge-on geometry allowed observing the vertical structure of the disk and to resolve distinct chemical layers. The images obtained thanks to ALMA revealed emission from several molecules. One of these is methanol, a key molecule for the formation of the so-called “complex organic molecules”