1984 Physics Nobel Prize | Italie | IASS
Carlo RUBBIA, an Italian Physicist shared the 1984 Physics Nobel Prize with Simon Van der Meer for the discovery of the W and Z particles. He has been Director General of CERN from 1989 to 1993. He has held a number of high level advisory positions among which for the EU President Barroso and the United Nations Special Commission for Latin America. Since June 2010. He is Scientific Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) based in Potsdam. He still maintains a front line activity in fundamental physics, leading the ICARUS collaboration that has installed at the Gran Sasso laboratory, a very sensitive liquid Argon neutrino detector, than can be called an electronic bubble chamber. Simultaneously, since the ‘90s he has pioneered novel approach to nuclear energy – the Energy Amplifier –also able to destroy long-lived nuclear elements which are in the waste of present reactors. He has after that been a pioneer into using parabolic mirrors to focus solar energy a field that is now becoming industrial and known as CSP (Concentrated Solar Power). His mission at IASS includes exploring and assessing several projects in the field of sustainable energy. He will report at our conference on a promising way to Gigawatt quantities of Electric Power over long distances by a using Mg B2, a novel supraconducting material. On August 30th, 2013, Carlo Rubbia was appointed Senator for life by the President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano.