|The PAMELA experiment - Firenze|
The PAMELA experiment, intended for the investigation of Cosmic Rays, is based on an international collaboration, involving about 100 physicists.
The PAMELA apparatus, composed of some detectors of high energy charged particles, is now in orbit. It has been installed on board of a Russian satellite and in June 2006 the detector has been launched in orbit (350-600 km height, 70.4 deg. inclination) from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
The main task of the detector is hunting for antiprotons and positrons in the cosmic radiation in the energy range 100 MeV - 200 GeV during a three-year-long mission.
Among the PAMELA subdetectors the Firenze group is responsible for the tracking system.
This page reports mainly about the activity of the Firenze group, which is composed of researchers from both Firenze University and I.N.F.N. (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare).
Last updated: December 2005