The National Institute of Nuclear Physics intends to remember with this Award the figure of Claudio Villi (1922-1996), a distinguished physicist, called to fill the first Italian chair of Nuclear Physics in Padua in 1961. He was, together with Rostagni, creator and promoter the creation of the National Laboratories of Legnaro, promoting their international competitiveness with the installation of the Tandem accelerator, the first heavy ion machine made in Italy; among the many scientific contributions, we recall the "Clementel and Villi model", at the end of a series of works on the electromagnetic interaction of high-energy electrons with protons; he was President of the INFN from 1970 to 1975; during his presidency, the Institute's structural and organizational model was established, which still characterizes it in its particular lines.
The "Claudio Villi" Award for the best PhD thesis in nuclear physics discussed in the period from 1 June 2021 to 31 May 2022 was awarded to the thesis presented by
Dr. Daniele Brugnara entitled "Investigating the 46Ar proton wave function with the 46Ar(3He,d)47K direct reaction" discussed at the University of Padua.
The awarding ceremony took place during the CSN3 meeting of 17 April 2023 held at the Congress Center of the University of Naples "Federico II" and was chaired by Dr. D. Bettoni, member of the INFN Executive Board, and by the President of CSN3 Dr. R. Nania.
A special mention was awarded to the following theses:
• Dr. Marco Baruzzo with the title "Development of the FAMU experimental apparatus for the proton radius measurement" discussed at the University of Udine
• Dr. Mattia Faggin with the title "Measurement of heavy-flavor decay electrons and heavy-flavor baryon production with ALICE experiment at LHC" discussed at the University of Padua.
• Dr. Chiara Pinto with the title "Light (anti)nuclei production with ALICE at the Large Hadron Collider" discussed at the University of Catania
• Dr. Lorenzo Scavarda with the title "Design and development of the Calorimeter for the FOOT experiment" discussed at the University of Turin
• Dr. Sara Ziliani with the title "Comprehensive investigation of light neutron-rich nuclei to test modern nuclear theoretical models" discussed at the University of Milan.
The "Claudio Villi" Prize for the best doctoral thesis in nuclear physics discussed in the period from 1 June 2020 to 31 May 2021 was awarded equally to the following two theses:
Dr. Eugenia Naselli for a thesis titled "Experimental study of Electron Cyclotron Resonance plasmas by a multi-diagnostics system in stationary vs. turbulent regimes: perspectives to in-plasma β-decay investigations of nuclear and astrophysical interest" discussed at the University of Catania
Dr. Giorgia Pasqualato for a thesis titled "Lifetime measurements in 105Sn: the puzzle of B(E2) strengths in Sn isotopes" discussed at the University of Padua.
The award ceremony took place during the CSN3 meeting of 22 April 2022 held at the Frascati National Laboratories and was chaired by Dr. D. Bettoni, member of the INFN Executive Board, and by the President of CSN3 dott. R. Nania.
A special mention was given to Dr. Simone Amaducci for a thesis entitled "Accurate measurement of the 235U(n,f) cross section at n_TOF between thermal energy and 170 keV, relative to 6Li (n,t) and 10B (n,α)" discussed at the University of Catania.
The "Claudio Villi" Award for the best doctoral thesis in nuclear physics discussed in the period from 1 June 2018 to 31 May 2019 was awarded to Dr. Lucia Anna Damone, author of the thesis titled "7Be(n,p)7Li cross section measurement for the Cosmological Lithium Problem at the n_TOF facility at CERN", who conducted his studies at the Physics Department "M. Merlin” and the INFN section of Bari.
The award ceremony was held electronically, during the meeting of the National Scientific Commission III of 21 April 2020 chaired by Dr. R. Nania and in the presence of the members of the Executive Board of the INFN Dr. D. Bettoni and Dr. E Nappi.
The Villi Award for the best doctoral thesis, carried out within the National Scientific Commission III and discussed in the period 1 June 2019 - 31 May 2020, was awarded to Dr. Fabrizio Grosa. The title of the thesis is "Strange and non-strange D-meson production with ALICE at LHC", and was carried out at the Polytechnic and the INFN section in Turin.
The committee was made up of Drs Giovanna Benzoni, Raffaella De Vita, Alba Formicola and dr. Enrico Scomparin and Rosario Nania.
The award ceremony, which took place online during the CSN3 meeting of 21 April 2021, was chaired by dr. D. Bettoni, member of the INFN Executive Board, and by the President of CSN3 dott. R. Nania.
Special mention was given to Dr. Luca Marsicano, who defended a thesis entitled "Beam-dump experiment", at the University and the INFN section in Genoa.
The "Claudio Villi" 2018 Award for the best doctoral thesis in nuclear physics, awarded on April 10, 2019, was won by Daniele Dell'Aquila (University of Naples / Paris-Saclay University - R. Bošković Institute of Zagreb) for the thesis "Clusters in light nuclear systems: a multi-method approach".