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Experimental radio, microwaves and gravitation

Instrumental activity at radio wavelengths involves two, partially overlapping, scientific communities in Italy, with different scientific objectives. Radio astronomy uses, above all, coherent receivers connected to digital electronic systems for the analysis of the converted signal, on ground-based telescopes with ever larger collecting areas. To increase further the baselines of interferometric systems, possible space missions are being studied.

The study of the CMB (Cosmic Microwave Background), that is, the first light in the Universe, is today carried out using coherent (radio), incoherent (bolometers) and cryogenic quantum receivers, for ground-based telescopes, balloons (Boomerang), and space missions (Planck). Lastly, gravitational experiments using radio science are carried out with interplanetary probes, using, above all, precise radio tracking measurements.

First detection of the simplest organic acid in the protoplanetary disk surrounding a Sun-like young star

Jul 16, 2018

First detection of the simplest organic acid in the protoplanetary disk surrounding a Sun-like young star Using ALMA, an international group of astronomers have reported the first detection of formic acid towards the TW Hydrae protoplanetary disk, located at only 190 light years from our Sun

The Governor-General of Australia visits INAF in Rome

Jun 27, 2018

The Governor-General of Australia visits INAF in Rome His Excellency the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, Sir Peter Cosgrove, and his wife, Lady Cosgrove, today visited the Headquarters of INAF, the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics

THESEUS: a new window on the early Universe and the multi-messenger transient sky

May 10, 2018

THESEUS: a new window on the early Universe and the multi-messenger transient sky The European Space Agency announced the three space missions selected for ESA’s fifth medium class mission in its Cosmic Vision science programme. One of them is THESEUS, in which the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics plays a major role