Communication and Disclosure

The first fused Silica monolithic suspension for Advanced Virgo

Cascina (PI) 18-6-2015


(H. Vocca from NiPS Laboratory, during the mirror installation)


Thermal noise in mirror suspension  is the most severe limit to the low-frequency sensitivity of first generation interferometric gravitational wave detectors. In order to minimize the pendulum thermal noise, a monolithic suspension, using fused silica as a low dissipation material, has been developed for Advanced Virgo.

Now the first monolithic suspension has been realized last Thursday June 11st, thanks to a strong collaboration between the INFN groups of Perugia, Firenze and Roma1, that also collaborate in the development of such key components of the mirror suspensions. -

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Micro Energy Day 2015


Discover smart solutions for mobile electronic energy needs.


Institutions from across Europe will be celebrating Micro-Energy Dayduring this week, to raise awareness about energy use in mobile electronic devices.

Coordinated by the NiPS Laboratory ( at University of Perugia and partners in the EU funded “ICT-Energy project” ( as part of European Sustainable Energy Week, this year’s Micro Energy Day will include several demonstrations in different European countries.


LANDAUER Project consortium meeting in Paris


Perugia 4-6-2015

A consortium meeting of the European project LANDAUER ( will be held in Paris on June 11-12.
During the meeting the five laboratories that compose the consortium will present recent progeresses and discuss steps toward the end of the project in 2015.

L. Gammaitoni, NiPS Director is visiting professor at Universitè Pierre et Marie Curie


Paris, June 1 2015

Luca Gammaitoni, Director of NiPS Laboratory is visiting professor at the Universitè Pierre et Marie Curie, in Paris.
During his stay he will have scientific discussions with the components of the LIP6 computer science research laboratory  and carry on a scientific collaboration with the Systems On Chip (SOC) unit.

NiPS lab research makes the headlines on NANOTECHWEB


May 27 - 2015

NiPS lab research makes the headlines on the current issue of in the LAB TALK section that reports on recent advances in  the "toward zero-power ICT" topic.


L. Gammaitoni visits TUDelf for the Landauer project


Delft, April 6-10, 2015


At TU Delft with Warner Venstra for the LANDAUER project (

F. Cottone and M. Mattarelli visit the water supply of SMAS Almada for project PROTEUS



Lisboa, March 30th 2015


F. Cottone and M. Mattarelli, from NiPS lab, visit to the water supply of SMAS Almada for project PROTEUS (AdaPtive micROfluidic- and nano-enabled smart systems for waTEr qUality Sensing - H2020-ICT-2014-1)
meeting venue: 
Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia
Universidade Nova de Lisboa

C. Diamantini from NiPS lab visits the Physics of Information Group in Lisbon



Cristina Diamantini, form NiPS Laboratory, University of Perugia, is visiting the Physics of Information Group in Lisbon.

Tomorrow she will present the seminar:

Generalized Landauer Bound as Universal Thermodynamic Entropy in Continuous Phase Transitions 

Date & time: 24/03/2015 at 10:00.
Location: Seminar Room (2.8.3), Physics Department, Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon. 
The classic Landauer bound can be lowered when erasure errors are permitted. Here we point out that continuous phase transitions characterized by an order parameter can also be viewed as information erasure by resetting a certain number of bits to a standard value. The information-theoretic expression for the generalized Landauer bound in terms of error probability implies thus a universal form for the thermodynamic entropy in the partially ordered phase. We explicitly show that the thermodynamic entropy as a function of interaction parameters and temperature is identical to the information-theoretic expression in terms of error probability alone in the specific example of the Hopfield neural network model of associative memory, a distributed information-processing system of many interacting stochastic bits. In this framework the Landauer bound sets a lower limit for the work associated with "remembering" rather than "forgetting".


This activity is part of the LANDAUER project.


F. Orfei and L. Gammaitoni visit the Hitachi Laboratory in Cambridge



Cambridge, Feb. 6th, 2015

Francesco Orfei and Luca Gammaitoni from NiPS visited the Hitachi Research Laboratory in Cambridge (UK).
During the visit the Hitachi Lab director, David Williams, presented the activities of the laboratory and discussed the participation of his laboratory to the ICT-Energy consortium, coordinated by NiPS.

Hitachi Cambridge, that is coordinating the "TOLOP" research project funded by FET,  is specifically interested in very low-power novel microprocessors.

Future collaborations between Hitachi Research and NiPS have been discussed.

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