Carpathian Summer School of Physics 2020

Sinaia, Romania

Sinaia, Romania

Hotel International**** 1st. Avram Iancu Street, Sinaia 106100, Romania
Livius Trache (IFIN-HH)

On Thursday, 26th August there will be a Farewell Dinner&Party held at the hotel Restaurant Panoramic (where we've been eating breakfast and lunch) starting at 19:30! There will be music starting from 20:00. Everyone is invited to come and have fun!


On Wednesday, 18th August there will be a Welcome Dinner held at the hotel starting at 19:30! All participants who have arrived by that time are invited to attend!

A detailed version of the program can now be downloaded below!

Welcome to CSSP20 in 2021!

After one-year postponement due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are pleased to announce that the Carpathian Summer School of Physics 2020 will take place in the Carpathian resort of Sinaia, Romania. The school will start on August 18, 2021 (arrival and registration) and finish on August 27, 2021 (school ends at noon).

It will be the 29th edition of a tradition that begun back in 1964. The title is "Exotic Nuclei and Nuclear/Particle Astrophysics (VIII). Physics with small accelerators" and is the 8th in the latest series with the same title organized in Mamaia (2005) and Sinaia (2007, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018).

However, the focus will be slightly different as this edition will only have a school format. The size (number of participants) will depend on how many people decide to attend, but our goal is to have a student-to-lecturer ratio of aprox. 3:1.

Lectures will be aimed at mainly giving introductory or overview information on a number of topics. Some are listed bellow:

  • Exotic nuclei/ Nuclear physics with RIBs
  • Nuclear physics for astrophysics
  • Stellar evolution. Compact stars and supernovae
  • Astroparticle physics
  • Physics at ELI-NP
  • Multi-messenger astrophysics
  • Nuclear astrophysics with small accelerators
  • Instrumentation

We encourage students as young as undergraduate level and up to young post-docs to attend and also give oral presentations.

We are presently still accepting abstracts, so any participant interested, should send a one-page-or-less document to our school email.

We can offer a limited number of fellowships for students. You can find more details in the relevant section of the side menu.

Our International Advisory Committee consists of:

T. Aumann (Darmstadt) A. Mackova (Prague)
C. Bertulani (Commerce, TX) N. Marginean (Bucharest)
M. El Eid (Beirut) T. Motobayashi (Tokyo)
Zs. Fülop (Debrecen) A. Petrovici (Bucharest)
U. Garg (Notre Dame) N. Pietralla (Darmstadt)
M. Harakeh (Groningen) T. Sajavaara (Jyvaskyla)
J. Jose (Barcelona) Ch. Scheidenberger (Giessen)
A. J. Jull (Tucson) B. Sharkov (Dubna)
T. Kajino (Tokyo) O. Sorlin (Caen)
K.H. Kampert (Wuppertal) C. Spitaleri (Catania)
K.-L. Kratz (Mainz) H.-A. Synal (Zurich)
W. Kutschera (Vienna) M. Wiescher (Notre Dame)
K. Langanke (Darmstadt) S.J. Yennello (College Station)

The event is supported by the Horizon 2020 projects ENSAR2 and ChETEC-INFRA, is part of the ENNAS (European Network of Nuclear Astrophysics Schools), recognized by the Division of Nuclear Physics of EPS.

It should be well understood that the event may still be cancelled if health conditions worsen in Romania, in Europe or in the countries of many participants. Currently the situation is manageable, and our hopes are that it will improve.


  • Adrian Sorin Mare
  • Adriana Raduta
  • Alexandra Saftoiu
  • Alexandra Spiridon
  • Alexandra-Ionela Stefanescu
  • Alexandru-Nicolae State
  • Alina Badescu
  • Amelia Lindner
  • Carlos Bertulani
  • Ciprian Cosar
  • Codruț-Daniel Badea
  • Cristina Bordeanu
  • Cristina Petrone
  • Daid Kahl
  • Dan Filipescu
  • Daniel Fernandez
  • Dario Lattuada
  • Denis-Iulian Stanca
  • Eugenia Mihaela Coiciu
  • Fan Zhu
  • Florea Nicoleta-Mihaela
  • Giovanni Luca Guardo
  • Gregor Kosir
  • Gustavo Adolfo Alcalá Escalona
  • Helena Pais
  • Ioan Dancus
  • Ioana Gheorghe
  • Ion Burducea
  • Ionut Stefanescu
  • Irina Avram
  • Irina Dinescu
  • Iuliana Stanciu
  • Jose Agustin Lozano Torres
  • Jose Antonio Victoria Fernández
  • Juan Lois Fuentes
  • Julien Lemarié
  • karl-Ludwig Kratz
  • Kazuo Tanaka
  • Kristers Nagainis
  • Laszlo Csedreki
  • Laurentiu Serban
  • Liviu Stoica
  • Lorenzo Roberti
  • Madalina Dobre
  • Madalina Ravar
  • Maria Letizia Sergi
  • Mihai Straticiuc
  • Oprea Andreea
  • Osnan Maragoto Rodriguez
  • Ovidiu Tesileanu
  • Pär-Anders Söderström
  • Radostina Zidarova
  • Radu-Florin ANDREI
  • Raluca Smau
  • Roberta Spartà
  • Rosario Gianluca Pizzone
  • Sofía Sanz Del Pino
  • Stefana Calinescu
  • Sándor Kovács
  • Tamás Szücs
  • Tibor Norbert Szegedi
  • Vlad Vasilca
  • Vladilen Goldberg
  • Yasmine Demane
  • Ákos Tóth
    • Registration
    • Welcome Dinner
    • 1
      Opening Remarks
      Speaker: Prof. Livius Trache (IFIN-HH)
    • Morning Session: Nuclear Astrophysics
      Convener: Prof. Livius Trache (IFIN-HH)
      • 2
        Introduction to Nuclear Astrophysics. Origin of the Chemical Elements in the Universe.
        Speaker: Dr Aurora Tumino (INFN-LNS & Enna)
      • 10:50 AM
        Coffee Break
      • 3
        Low energy nuclear reaction studies
        Speaker: Dr Tamas Szücs (ATOMKI)
      • 4
        Physics at LUNA (I)
        Speaker: Dr László Csedreki (ATOMKI)
    • 1:00 PM
      Lunch Break
    • Afternoon Session: Nuclear Astrophysics
      Convener: Roberta Sparta (INFN-LNS)
      • 5
        Physics at LUNA (II)
        Speaker: Dr László Csedreki (ATOMKI)
    • 3:50 PM
      Coffee Break
    • Communications
      Convener: Roberta Sparta (INFN-LNS)
      • 6
        Presupernova evolution and nucleosynthesis of very low metallicity massive stars
        Speaker: Lorenzo Roberti (INFN)
      • 7
        The Astronomical discoveries led by the study of Cepheid variables
        Speaker: Sofia Sanz Del Pino (The University of Manchester)
      • 8
        Me, Al Cameron, and the Heat Death of the Universe
        Speaker: Dr David Kahl (ELI-NP)
      • 9
        From Nuclear Structure and Dynamics to rp-Process Nucleosynthesis in X-Ray Bursts
        Speaker: Adrian Mare (IFIN-HH)
      • 10
        Nucleosynthesis & p-process
        Speaker: Ms Yasmine Demane (IP2I of Lyon)
      • 11
        α-induced cross section measurements on neutron rich Zr and Mo nuclei
        Speaker: Tibor Szegedi (ATOMKI)
    • Morning Session: Exotic States in Nuclei
      Convener: Dr Roland Diehl (Max-Planck Institute)
    • 1:00 PM
      Lunch Break
    • Afternoon Session: Nuclear Astrophysics
      Convener: Alexandra Spiridon (IFIN-HH)
      • 16
        The Trojan Horse Method in Nuclear Astrophysics
        Speaker: Dr Roberta Sparta (INFN-LNS)
      • 3:50 PM
        Coffee Break
      • 17
        Investigationof the Carbon and Oxygen burning via THM
        Speaker: Dr Giuseppe Rapisarda (INFN-LNS)
      • 18
        Nuclear transfer reactions and their role in nuclear astrophysics
        Speaker: Dr Shubhchintak (Université libre de Bruxelles)
    • Morning Session: Nuclear Astrophysics
      Convener: Dr Dan Filipescu (IFIN-HH)
      • 19
        Indirect Methods in Nuclear Astrophysics
        Speaker: Dr Carlos Bertulani (TAMU Commerce)
      • 10:50 AM
        Coffee Break
      • 20
        Learning from directly observing cosmic isotopes
        Speaker: Dr Roland Diehl (Max-Planck Institute)
      • 21
        Laser-driven laboratory astrophysics
        Speaker: Dr Julien Fuchs (ELI-NP)
    • 1:00 PM
      Lunch Break
    • Outreach Session: 65 years of institutional nuclear physics in Romania
      Convener: Prof. Livius Trache (IFIN-HH)
    • 3:50 PM
      Coffee Break
    • Outreach Session: Science and scientific meetings in time of crisis
      Convener: Prof. Livius Trache (IFIN-HH)
    • Morning Session: Physics at ELI-NP
      Convener: Dr Florin Negoita (IFIN-HH)
    • 1:00 PM
      Lunch Break
    • Afternoon Session
      Convener: Dr Kazuo Tanaka (ELI-NP)
      • 26
        Proposal for a Radioactive Ion Facility at IFIN-HH (RIF@IFIN)
        Speaker: Dr Florin Negoita (IFIN-HH)
      • 27
        Laser-driven experiments relevant to the PW areas commissioning
        Speaker: Dr Domenico Doria (ELI-NP)
      • 4:00 PM
        Coffee Break
      • 28
        Laser induced reactions for Nuclear Astrophysics
        Speaker: Dr Dario Lattuada (INFN-LNS & Enna)
      • 29
        Silicon detector arrays for Nuclear Astrophysics: the case of the 19F(p,a) reaction
        Speaker: Dr Giovanni Luca Guardo (INFN-LNS)
    • Communications
      Convener: Dr Kazuo Tanaka (ELI-NP)
      • 30
        Characterization of laser-accelerated protons based on the excitation of nuclear isomeric states
        Speaker: Mr Lucian Tudor (ELI-NP)
    • Morning Session: Nuclear Equation of State
      Convener: Dr Carlos Bertulani (TAMU Commerce)
      • 31
        Nuclear Equation of State and neutron stars
        Speaker: Dr Adriana Raduta (IFIN-HH)
      • 32
        The equation of state for warm stellar matter: light and heavy clusters
        Speaker: Dr Helena Pais (University of Coimbra )
      • 10:50 AM
        Coffee Break
      • 33
        Neutron stars and their thermal evolution
        Speaker: Dr Mikhail Beznogov (National Autonomous University of Mexico & IFIN-HH)
      • 34
        Photoneutron cross section measurements with Laser Compton scattered gamma-ray beams
        Speaker: Dr Dan Filipescu (IFIN-HH)
    • 1:00 PM
      Lunch Break
    • Afternoon Session: Nuclear Astrophysics
      Convener: Dr Gianluca Pizzone (INFN-LNS)
    • Communications
      Convener: Dr Gianluca Pizzone (INFN-LNS)
      • 38
        Breakup of 9C
        Speaker: Ms Alexandra Stefanescu (IFIN-HH)
      • 39
        Search for Supernova R-process actinides in geological reservoirs
        Speaker: Ms Iuliana Stanciu (IFIN-HH)
    • Morning Session: AstroParticles & Exotic Nuclei
      Convener: Dr Ion Burducea (IFIN-HH)
      • 40
        Introduction to cosmic rays

        Since their discovery in 1912 astroparticles (a.k.a. cosmic rays) have been studied from multiple points of view. While for some experiments they are an annoying background for others they are the focus, as astroparticles span a very large range in energy and originate in the enigmatic objects that fill the Universe, from supernovae to quasars and AGNs.
        Experiments dedicated to the study of astroparticles have been developed in recent years throughout the world, based on various detection techniques, from the simple particle detectors to radio detection. From detection in the air to detection in the lunar regolith these experiments aim to shed light on the origin and properties of cosmic particles.

        Speaker: Dr Alexandra Saftoiu (IFIN-HH)
      • 41
        Radio detection of astroparticles
        Speaker: Dr Alina Badescu (IFIN-HH)
      • 10:50 AM
        Coffee Break
      • 42
        A short history of exotic nuclei!
        Speaker: Dr Mihai Stanoiu (IFIN-HH)
      • 43
        Double-Beta Decay and Beyond Standard Model Physics
        Speaker: Dr Andrei Neacsu (IFIN-HH)
    • 1:00 PM
      Lunch Break
    • Communications
      Convener: Dr Catalin Borcea (IFIN-HH)
      • 44
        Introduction to muography

        In the last decade, muography technique has undergone a massive development, largely due to the development of the detectors and sensors. Being utilized to scan the inner structure of dense objects by using information of the directional muon flux, the two versions of the method, absorption/transmission or deviation muography are being implemented into a wide range of applications, in different fields of interest, like geology, volcanology, archaeology, engineering, border security, nuclear security, safeguards, etc.

        Speaker: Dr Denis Stanca (IFIN-HH)
      • 45
        Muography applications at IFIN-HH

        There are more than 20 years since cosmic ray muons have been studied in IFIN-HH. Starting as fundamental physics research, it continued later by putting muons to use, through applications. Muography is a new and emerging technique that interpret the muon flux in order to obtain information about the inner structure of dense objects. Different applications have been designed and are currently being implemented at IFIN-HH. Scanning dense objects at the ground level, in order to determine their composition, or using the technique to imagine the structure of underground tunnels or mines are in present under investigation.

        Speaker: Ms Raluca Smau (IFIN-HH)
      • 46
        Neutron capture cross section measurements of 241Am at the n-TOF facility
        Speaker: Dr Andreea Oprea (IFIN-HH)
      • 4:00 PM
        Coffee Break
      • 47
        MonteCarlo Tools for β Decay Spectra Calculations
        Speaker: Mr Gustavo Adolfo Alcalá Escalona (IFIC (CSIC) )
      • 48
        Beta decay studies around 100Sn region
        Speaker: Mr Jose Antonio Victoria Fernández (IFIC)
      • 49
        Beta-delayed proton decay of 27P
        Speaker: Mr Ionut Stefanescu (IFIN-HH)
      • 50
        First gamma-ray spectroscopy of neutron rich Scandium isotopes
        Speaker: Ms Radostina Zidarova (TU Darmstadt)
      • 51
        Digital signal reconstruction of AERA data

        An air shower is produced when the primary cosmic ray particle interacts with the Earth’s atmosphere and consists of three main components - hadronic, muonic and electromagnetic. The detection of the electromagnetic component is performed at the Pierre Auger Observatory by using the antennas of the AERA facility. The measured voltages, used for electric field reconstruction, are affected by noise and the influence of this noise must be minimized. Thus, a new analytical reconstruction method called the “forward-folding” method was investigated. The quantities reconstructed by this method were compared to the ones obtained with the
        standard method and also to the values determined from simulations of radio signal induced in air showers.

        Speaker: Ms Madalina Dobre (IFIN-HH)
      • 52
        Distinguishing Between the Different Mechanisms Contributing to Neutrinoless Double-Beta Decay
        Speaker: Mr Vasile-Alin Sevestrean (IFIN-HH)
    • Morning Session: Physics with small accelerators
      Convener: Dr Mihai Stanoiu (IFIN-HH)
      • 53
        Small accelerators for science and applications
        Speaker: Dr Ion Burducea (IFIN-HH)
      • 54
        Targets for nuclear physics and astrophysics
        Speaker: Dr Nicoleta Florea (IFIN-HH)
      • 10:50 AM
        Coffee Break
      • 55
        Nuclear Fission at 80
        Speaker: Dr Catalin Borcea (IFIN-HH)
    • Communications
      Convener: Dr Mihai Stanoiu (IFIN-HH)
      • 56
        Activation measurement of the 3He(a,g)7Be reaction around known 7Be levels
        Speaker: Mr Ákos Tóth (ATOMKI)
      • 57
        Measurement of beta-decay properties of very neutron rich Pm isotopes for r-process studies
        Speaker: Mr Sándor Kovács (ATOMKI)
      • 58
        RIB formation with supersonic jets at ELI-NP
        Speaker: Mr Alexandru State (ELI-NP)
    • 1:00 PM
      Coffee Break
    • Communications
      Convener: Dr Alexandra Saftoiu (IFIN-HH)
      • 59
        Studies on memristive devices. 3 MV Tandetron implantation beam line developments
        Speaker: Mr Radu Andrei (IFIN-HH)
      • 60
        Accelerator Mass Spectrometry of Plutonium Isotopes at IFIN-HH
        Speaker: Dr Doru Pacesila (IFIN-HH)
      • 61
        Photonuclear Production of Medically Relevant Radionuclides at ELI-NP
        Speaker: Mr Vlad Vasilca (ELI-NP)
      • 4:00 PM
        Coffee Break
      • 62
        A geant4 study of background reduction in pulsed gamma beam experiments in ELI-NP
        Speaker: Ms Fan Zhu (ELI-NP)
      • 63
        Targets used in laser-driven proton acceleration based on TNSA mechanism
        Speaker: Mr Alexandru Magureanu (ELI-NP)
      • 64
        Thermal and gamma irradiation qualification of PLA/SIS blends for packaging and medical applications
        Speaker: Ms Ana-Maria Lupu (ELI-NP)
      • 65
        Radiological protection simulations in Monte Carlo numerical codes and dosimetry equipment for ELI-NP facility
        Speakers: Ms Irina Avram (ELI-NP), Ms Eugenia-Mihaela Coiciu (ELI-NP)
    • 66
      Closing Remarks
      Speaker: Prof. Livius Trache (IFIN-HH)