PhD research topics


 PhD research topics - Cycle XXXVIII -- IN PROGRESS 


In this page some PhD topics will be presented. This list is not exhaustive of all the possible research topics the PhD candidate might decide to follow at the Department of Physics or in collaboration with the Research institutes.

  • Astrophysics and Cosmology
  1. Disentangling primordial features and relativistic effects from astrophysical foregrounds in cosmological large-scale structure
  2. Predicting the clustering of dark matter halos with modified gravity theories
  3. Substructure and environmental effect in G-CAV galaxy clusters
  4. Galactic Archaeology with neutron capture elements
  5. Merging Neutron Stars and Related Phenomena
  6. Chemical Evolution of the Milky Way in the Era of Large Galactic Surveys
  7. Large-Scale Features in the Observed Sky from Radio to Gamma Rays.
  8. The Quiescent Sun in Gamma Rays
  9. The source of CO in debris disks
  10. Climates of exoplanets: multi-parameter exploration of the Habitable Zone
  11. Bridging galactic and planetary habitability
  12. Measuring the mass accretion rate of clusters of galaxies
  13. The critical role of dust and stars in the cosmic baryon cycle
  14. The relative role of AGN and stellar feedback on galaxy evolution
  15. The impact of a variable Initial Mass Function on galaxy evolution
  16. Probing the reionization epoch with quasar absorption lines
  17. Characterizing the Proto-Cluster population with cosmological simulations
  18. Origin of the light elements: Lithium and Beryllium
  19. Understanding galaxy formation through the chemo-dynamics of Milky Way's stellar fossils
  20. Measuring chemical abundances in stellar spectra
  21. New Physics in the Intergalactic Medium
  22. Absorption spectroscopy from 1D to 3D: cold gas in galaxies over cosmic history
  23. Cosmology with Machine Learning techniques
  24. Cosmology with High-Performance Computing: simulating cosmic structures at different scales
  25. Building the Giants: mass assembly, accretion and feedback in high redshift QSOs
  26. Testing Cosmologies Beyond the Standard Model with Euclid
  27. High-z Clusters and ProtoClusters in the (pre)Euclid era
  28. Galaxy evolution in high-redshift galaxy clusters
  29. Portraying the missing baryonic mass at the cosmic noon
  30. Joint Elettra/CNR/INAF PhD position in laboratory astrophysics
  • Theoretical Physics
  1. Clifford algebra in Physics and Complexity
  2. Decoherence and Open Quantum Systems
  3. Foundations of Quantum Mechanics and Collapse Models
  4. Interplay between Quantum Theory and Gravity
  5. Secure Quantum Communication
  6. T-branes in F-theory and 3d supersymmetric field theories
  7. Families of ADE singularities, simultaneous resolutions and 5d QFT’s
  8. Quantum Signatures in Free-Electron Lasers (FEL) Light
  9. Open Quantum Dynamics and Entanglement
  10. Quantum Information and Machine Learning
  11. Entanglement and quantum statistics
  12. Non-equilibrium phase transitions
  13. Quantum thermodynamics
  14. Paradigms and scenarios for the Dark Matter phenomenon 
  15. Quantum Sensors
  16. Fermionic Renormalization Group
  17. Charting the Space of Conformal Boundary Conditions for a Free Fermion
  18. Dynamics of edge modes at large N


  • Nuclear, Subnuclear and Astroparticle Physics
  1. Projects of the ALICE group
  2. Projects of the ATLAS group
  3. Projects of the Belle2 group
  4. Projects of the CMS group
  5. Study of the partonic structure of the nucleon at the COMPASS experiment
  6. The quark spin in the hadronisation process
  7. Hadron Physics Projects of the EIC group at the EIC collider in US
  8. Projects of the GAPS group
  9. Projects of the High Energy Gamma Ray Astrophysics group
  10. Projects of the LIGO/Virgo group
  11. n_TOF: accurate measurements of neutron induced cross sections at the CERN neutron time-of-flight facility
  12. KWISP: experimental search for Dark Matter with a network of optomechanical force sensors

  13. Experimental study of short-distance interactions with a double-membrane opto-mechanical sensor (advanced-KWISP)
  14. High precision physics with exotic atoms (FAMU experiment)
  15. Precision measurement of the magnetic anomaly of the muon (GMINUS2 experiment)
  16. Direct measurement of the hadronic contribution to the Muon magnetic anomaly (MUonE experiment)
  17. Searching for Muon to electron conversion: The Mu2e experiment at Fermilab (USA)


  • Condensed Matter Physics
  1. Biomimetic materials at near ambient pressure
  2. Hydration of bio-molecules by combined use of synchrotron-based UV Resonance Raman and Neutron Scattering experiments
  3. Imprinting multimode optical correlations in ultrashort light pulses by means of superconducting currents
  4. Investigation of the electronic and spin properties of novel quantum materials for future spintronic applications
  5. Liquid phase experiments at FERMI
  6. Nanoscale transport phenomena in silicon-based materials
  7. Quantum Monte Carlo simulations for highly-frustrated magnets
  8. Quantum Monte Carlo simulations for unconventional superconductors
  9. THz control of Nickelate’s devices
  10. Ultrafast Dynamics of Complex Materials Investigated by Time-Resolved Spectroscopies
  11. X-ray scattering in full-field imaging and near-field ptychography
  12. X-ray Dark-field tomography
  13. Ultrashort light pulses for exploring unknown properties of matter
  14. Electronic Structure Simulations of Novel Quantum Materials for Spintronics and Quantum Computing
  15. Ultracold ytterbium atoms in programmable optical microtraps: quantum simulations of highly correlated states of matter with single atom control
  16. Electronic and structural characterization of nanostructured surfaces at the atomic scale
  17. Joint Elettra/CNR/INAF PhD position in laboratory astrophysics
  18. Ultrafast control of quantum phases of matter (lab Q4Q)
  19. Exploiting light angular momentum wave-mixing from visible down to EUV regime
  20. Subnanometer catalysts to face the shortage of precious raw materials: insights from numerical simulations

  • Medical Physics and Applied Physics
  1. Advanced MRI imaging techniques for quantitative characterization of cancer
  2. Implementation of an X-ray imaging system based on the KES technique at ELETTRA
  3. Development of a CMOS imager for experiments at synchrotron radiation and free electron lasers
  4. X-ray scattering in full-field imaging and near-field ptychography
  5. X-ray Dark-field tomography
  6. Towards a Radiotherapy Treatment Planning System based on Geant4
  7. X-ray Spectral Phase-Contrast Imaging


Last update: 06-28-2022 - 11:33