Research @ECT*

The research focus at the centre is Nuclear Physics in a broad sense and related areas. Specifically, Nuclear Structure and Nuclear Reactions, Quantum Chromodynamics and Hadron Physics, Physics of Matter under Extreme Conditions and Ultra-relativistic Heavy Ion Collisions, with related areas including topics in Astrophysics, Particle Physics, Condensed Matter Physics,  Many-Body Theory, Bose-Einstein Condensation, and Computational Physics.

ECT* is sponsored by the “Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK)” in collaboration with the “Assessorato alla Cultura” (Provincia Autonoma di Trento), funding agencies of EU Member and Associated States. It also receives support from various instruments of the Framework Programmes of the European Commission.

ECT* is registered as a European Research Infrastructure, and it is an institutional member of NuPECC, the ESF Associated Nuclear Physics European Collaboration Committee.


Computational modelling represents an effective alternative way to purely analytical or experimental research.

This approach is particularly suitable in condensed matter and materials science, where the development and implementation of new methods are currently required to investigate without loss of accuracy phenomena that span several orders of magnitude in time and length scales.

In this regard, LISC is a research unit of ECT* with interdisciplinary expertise in a vast spectrum of theoretical and computational multiscale techniques for studying systems at any level of aggregation, phase, dimension, and chemical composition. These approaches range from ab-initio methods for solving the many-body problem in and out of equilibrium conditions, such as in electronic structure calculations, to Monte Carlo for charge-transport simulations in both organic and inorganic media, and, finally, to classical and ab-initio molecular dynamics.

In particular, LISC focuses on the application of these approaches to fundamental problems, such as the study of light- and electron- matter interaction, degenerate Fermi gases, superconductivity, carbon-based materials, and of the nucleosynthesis of the elements in the stars.

LISC scientists are positioned at the forefront of current international research in physics and chemical-physics and provides a reference point for computational science in the Trento area.