Agatino MUSUMARRA

Associate Professor of Experimental physics [FIS/01]
Office: DFA stanza 306 terzo piano.
Email: musumarra@lns.infn.it
Phone: 095 3785307
Web Site: www.lns.infn.it/~musumarra/info_st.html
Office Hours: Friday from 16:00 to 19:00


Academic education

Prof. Agatino Musumarra graduated in 1992 (110/110 Cum Laude) and got the Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics in 1996, both at the University of Catania (UoC).

Professional record

2011 -  promoted by selection “Valutazione Comparativa” to Associate Professor at UoC, currently he holds this position at UoC as “confirmed Associate Professor”.

2001 -permanent position by selection “Valutazione Comparativa” as Lecturer at UoC.

2000 -two years post-doctoral position at UoC as “Assegnista di Ricerca”.

1998 -one year Research Assistant at Universitè Catholique de Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve - Belgium).

1996 -two years INFN post-doctoral position at Commisariat à l’Energie Atomique CEA-Saclay (France).

1996 -R&D collaboration contract by ST-Microelectronics.


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Prof. Agatino Musumarra has been involved in Heavy Ion Nuclear Physics since 25 years, in studies concerning nuclear reactions with both stable and unstable nuclei. His research activity has been supported in the most important European Facilities for Heavy Ions (GANIL France, CRC-LLN Belgium, DTL-Bochum Germany, Rudjer Boskovic Zagreb Croatia, ISOLDE-CERN Switzerland, GSI-Germany, NCSR “DEMOKRITOS”-Athens Greece, n_ToF-CERN Switzerland).

The research activity has been mainly focused on:

-Nuclear structure studies of radioactive (6He,8Li,11Be,7Be) and stable nuclei.
-GDR studies and pre-equilibrium gamma-ray emission at low and intermediate energies.
-Determination of astrophysical relevant cross sections at very low energies by direct and indirect methods.

Recently his efforts has been devoted to investigate neutron capture reactions of astrophysical interest in primordial nucleosyntesis in order to solve the so-called “Cosmological Lithium Problem”.

A relevant part of his experimental activity concerns the R&D of new techniques and detectors for ionizing particles, in collaboration with a leading industry in this field (SGS-Thomson Microelectronics). In the same framework an important contribution has been given to the development of a new experimental technique for non-destructive analysis of archeological samples (PIXE-alpha).

During his career, he has been charged of technical and financial support to the European groups at Louvain-la-Neuve CRC Facility in Belgium (1999-2000).

Prof. Agatino Musumarra has been INFN-LNS chairman (2000-2006) of the ASFIN2 group based at Laboratori Nazionali del Sud INFN-LNS Catania.

In 2001 he was elected by the LNS-INFN users “User Committee member of  INFN-LNS”, charge he held from 2001 to 2003.