Communication and Disclosure News

NiPS celebrates the 2017 Physics Nobel Prize to gravitational wave detection


Perugia 6/10 2017

Virgo Perugia group, part of NiPS laboratory, celebrated the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics awarded to three american scientists (Weiss, Thorne, Barish) for gravitational wave detection.
The Virgo Perugia group is part of the international scientific collaboration LIGO-Virgo that realized the first gravitational wave obesrvation, made on 14 September 2015 and  announced on 11 February 2016.

The Virgo Perugia group was founded in 1990 and has worked on the construction of the Virgo interferometer, test masses suspension system, since then. Specifically, the experise of the NiPS group is on thermal noise and associated implications for the functioning of the gravitational wave interferometer.


NIPS article on the Spanish Edition of Scientific American


Oct. 2nd 2017

Investigacion y Ciencia, the spanish edition of Scientific American pusblishes the October edition with NiPS paper on "Towards computation with zero energy".
The paper is the spanish edition of the "Verso computer a zero energia" published on the March issue of the italian edition "Le Scienze".

The spanish edition available here.

The italian edition available here.

"Buongiorno Regione", RAI TV troupe at NiPS Laboratory


Perugia, 22 Sept 2017


Valeria Radiconcini, RAI TV journalist has led a troupe for a news service at NiPS Laboratory.

During the visit they interviewed Prof. L. Gammaitoni and Dr. H. Vocca.

The news service will appear soon in the morning program "Buongiorno Regione".

L. Gammaitoni at the Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics of Small Systems workshop



Rome, September 19th 2017

Luca Gammaitoni, NiPS Lab director, is presenting a talk at the international workshop "Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics of Small Systems" Roma, September 18-20, 2017.

The talk will be given at 12:15 at the AULA CONVERSI at the Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita' Sapienza in Rome.

Title of the talk: Fundamental thermodynamic limits in memory preservation 

Once written, any memory is doomed to loose its content after some time, if no action is taken. In modern computers, to avoid memory losses, a refresh procedure is periodically performed. In this paper we present theoretical and experimental study of sub-k_BT system to evaluate the minimum energy required to preserve one bit of information over time. Two main conclusions are drawn: i) You can keep your memory for free: the energetic cost to preserve information for a fixed time duration with a given error probability can be arbitrarily reduced if the refresh procedure is performed often enough. ii) You cannot keep it forever: the Heisenberg uncertainty principle sets an upper bound on the memory lifetime. 

Micro energy 2017 international Conference: available the talk slides



Perugia Aug. 1st 2017


Available on the conference web site the slides of the talks presented at the conference.

You can find them here: program slides

Gubbio Scienza: Micro Energy 2017, NiPS Summer School 2017 & much more

During the last ten days, the town of Gubbio (Italy) has held a lot of activities on micro energies. For scientists from all over the world, but even for families and kids.  
The two main events were:   

  • NiPS Summer School 2017 - Energy Harvesting: models and applications, June 30 - July 3, 2017
  • Micro Energy 2017 Conference: 3 - 7 July, 2017

But Gubbio Scienza has been much more!
Please, visit the Gubbio Scienza Facebook page and the Gubbio Scienza website and discover all the activities of the last 10 days.

Micro energy 2017 international Conference: published the conference program


Perugia, June 10th

The International Conference Micro Energy 2017 organizers have released the conference program.

Available here: Micro Energy 2017 Program

New video on NiPS Lab activities - Rai Scuola (in italian)

Rai Scuola Memex - I luoghi della Scienza (pt.10): Umbria



Rai scuola in visita al laboratorio NiPS del Dipartimento di Fisica e Geologia dell'Università di Perugia

Link al video: luoghidellascienza_06.06_nips.mp4

Adi Bulsara form SPAWAR System Center meets L. Gammaitoni to discuss future collaboration



April 22, 2017 - Tempe (AZ) USA

Dr. Adi Bulsara from SPAWAR System Center, San Diego, meets L. Gammaitoni from NiPS to discuss future collaboration.

NiPS Laboratory has a long collaboration record with SPAWAR on sensor devices and nonlinear stochastic dynamics. During the meeting were presented recent development on nonlinear energy harvesting for sensing applications at micro and nano scales. These results will be most probably presented at the next international conference to be held in Gubbio, Italy, on July 3-7 2017.

For more information please visit:

The Power of information. L. Gammaitoni speaks at the BEYOND CENTER of the University of Arizona


Phoenix, AZ - April 19, 2017

Luca Gammaitoni presented at talk at the BEYOND CENTER FOR FUNDAMENTAL CONCEPTS IN SCIENCE Power of Information Workshops devoted to Information and non-equilibrium thermodynamics

April 18 – 20, 2017
Arizona State University