A multidisciplinary facility for services in advanced materials research
The research infrastructure (IR) STAR, Southern Europe Thomson Backscattering Source (TBS) for Applied Research, was implemented through the project MaTeRiA, Materials and Technologies for Applied Research, PONa3_00370, in the framework of the 2007-2013 “Research and Competitiveness” PON programme.
Its mission is the cutting-edge research in the fields of the advanced materials science and technology. STAR, designed as an evolutionary source, is unique in Europe in terms of energy range and advanced characteristics of the emitted X-ray. It is dedicated to the investigation of materials in many fields from electronics and advanced mechanics to biomedicine, from materials for energy to structural ones.
The IR was officially established at the University of Calabria with D.R. n. 1313 dated 28.10.2016 and resolution of the C.d.A. dated 07.11.2016.
MaTeRiA a multidisciplinary facility for services in advanced materials research
Develop new structural or functional materials
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THE STAR SOURCE
The Southern Europe Thomson Backscattering Source for Applied Research (STAR) is a compact hard X-ray source designed by INFN for advanced applied materials-science research. Emitted from a 10 µm source, the X-rays are tunable in the 10 – 200 keV range, monochromatic and collimated. STAR has been designed for maximum adaptability so to be easily upgraded in terms of energy range (towards the MeV), photon flux, beam divergence and the ability to accommodate multiple simultaneously running beamlines. Compared to standard synchrotron radiation facilities, STAR offers a complementary source with high X-ray energy but at lower running costs. STAR X-rays support BEAMLINES which are custom-designed to meet specific investigation methodologies and purposes. Currently, STAR has been coupled with an innovative µTomo BEAMLINE which has been designed for microtomography.
PRESENT… the µTOMO BEAMLINE
The unique fine-point source dimension, monochromatic and tunable energy and high penetration power of STAR X-rays have been exploited in collaboration with ELETTRA - Sincrotrone Trieste SCpA to develop the µTomo BEAMLINE.
The µTomo beamline will allow:
Phase Contrast Tomography (PCT) which enhances image contrast by emphasizing microscopic details of differing refractive indices found within samples that otherwise appear uniform. This application of µTomo on soft matter and biological samples will be extended to materials-science research on novel materials.
Microtomography and holotomography mapping of high Z elements within in-operando devices. Chemically resolved radiography which exploits X-ray tunability to perform efficient quantitative analysis and mapping.
Designing the FUTURE…
MaTeRiA is now seeking research proposals and partners so to not only upgrade the STAR source but also develop new BEAMLINES which meet the needs of a wider range of users.
Of particular interest are the design and implementation of:
Partnerships with Research Institutions, Universities and Industries will drive the evolution of the STAR facility. The University of Calabria and CNISM are looking for proposals
Prof. Mauro Ghedini
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How to reach us
By Plane to Lamezia Terme Airport
From Lamezia Terme airport to the Università della Calabria (UniCal):
By Shuttle: Al-Volo; Top Class;
By Bus: Romano Autolinee;
By Train: shuttle from the airport to Lamezia Terme railway station;
The rail station of Castiglione Cosentino is connected to the railway line of Paola and Sibari and located about 3 Km away from UniCal. To reach UniCal, you can take the Consorzio Autolinee bus which stops in front of the Castiglione Cosentino railway station. Tickets can be bought in the near bar.
For special cases, upon request, transfer from the rail station of Castiglione Cosentino to UniCal can be provided by the “Organising Committee”.
On the A3 Salerno-Reggio Calabria (E45) highway take Rende/Cosenza Nord exit and follow directions to Università/Arcavacata.