From Stars to Quarks

LIMADOU project case study, like a journey through time and space

Italy at night seen from the space by NASAFondazione Bruno Kessler

Mapping the wild blue yonder

Gaia is a long-term space mission whose aim is to create a three-dimensional map of the Milky Way.

Artificial intelligence astronautsFondazione Bruno Kessler

This 3D map will be created using technology known as a stereoscopic and kinematic census - mapping around one billion stars in our galaxy and throughout the Local Group - a collection of around 54 galaxies that includes the Milky Way.

A silicon chip made in FBK's Clean RoomFondazione Bruno Kessler

Fondazione Bruno Kessler's Center for Materials and Microsystems helped develop sensors that control the propulsion systems of the GAIA satellite, helping position it in the sky with the high precision needed for the measurements it will take.

The rubble of some houses in L'Aquila, Italy, after the earthquake of 2009Fondazione Bruno Kessler

China Seismo-Electromagnetic Satellite (CSES)

CSES is a scientific mission dedicated to monitoring electromagnetic fields and waves, as well as disruptions to plasma and particles in the atmosphere and magnetosphere - the area surrounding the Earth's atmosphere dominated by Earth's magnetic field.

The LIMADOU experiment will help developing new monitoring methods of geophysical phenomena on a large scale, such as earthquakes.

Italian Technology InsideFondazione Bruno Kessler

Italian technology inside

The High Energy Particle Detector (HPED), designed and constructed by INFN, is the italian scientific payload on the CSES. The HEPD will study phenomena reported by instruments on different satellites, which indicates a time correlation between the main earthquake shock and an increase in the electron flux in the inner Van Allen radiation belt. 

The CSES includes instruments to measure the electric and magnetic fields in order to understand the physics of the lithosphere-atmosphere-ionosphere coupling responsible for the phenomena.

FBK Povo (2017)Fondazione Bruno Kessler

The quite challenging large area microstrip sensors (about 100 cm2) needed come from FBK Clean room.

The Clean RoomFondazione Bruno Kessler

Micro Nano Facilities: characterization and fabrication to support scientific R&I. Its beating heart is the significant staff competence cumulated over its long history in silicon processing.

Clean Room DetectorsFondazione Bruno Kessler

700m2 of fully equipped clean rooms for 150mm substrates, mainly dedicated to Radiation Detectors and MEMS.

SensorsFondazione Bruno Kessler

A clean room for advanced packaging, with advanced techniques for material characterization.

A walk inside our Clean Room

Excellence Expertise built over almost 30 years make our Micro Nano characterization and fabrication facilities reach top standards. This is the place where our sensors are born.

And these are the roots of such results

A brief exhibition about the FBK research on Artificial Intelligence since late '80s and the evolution of our facilities far.

FBK - Towards a Knowledge-based EconomyFondazione Bruno Kessler

Our daily challenge: learning by doing for a better quality of life. We perform Responsible Research and Innovation, thinking about sustainability, from social, economic and ecological point of view.

LimadouFondazione Bruno Kessler


Limadou is the name given in honour of the missionary Matteo Ricci (1552-1610) to the experiment of the Chinese Seismo-Electromagnetic Satellite (CSES).

Our researcher Claudio Ferlan is the author of the publication "I gesuiti" (Bologna, il Mulino 2015). Matteo Ricci is one of the protagonists of his study.

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The exhibition is curated by FBK Audience Developer Giancarlo Sciascia (concept and copy) in collaboration with Luigi Cordisco (metadata).

Find out more about Limadou project

Find out more about FBK contribution to Gaia space project

Further INFO about FBK Materials and Microsystems research center


Cover source: NASA
ITALY and the universe seen from the space

CSES satellite photo courtesy: INFN/ASI

Portrait of Matteo Ricci, the first Catholic missionary to China during Ming dynasty:
Wikimedia Commons

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