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Rosetta: nuove scoperte scientifiche sulla geologia della cometa
Da 2 anni e mezzo la sonda Rosetta “riposa” sulla superficie della cometa, ma l’analisi dei dati scientifici raccolti continua. I ricercatori che analizzano le immagini acquisite dallo strumento OSIRIS hanno fatto ancora nuove scoperte sulle faglie presenti sulla superficie della cometa e sul loro collegamento con la forma bilobata assunta dalla cometa.


Rosetta: new insights into comet geological evolution

Since the end of September 2016, the Rosetta spacecraft is “sleeping” on the comet surface. Nevertheless scientists are still working on the acquired data. Using high resolution images provided by OSIRIS, new insights into the geology of comet surface and its interior have been obtained.


Nature Photonics

The research group led by Dr. Roberto Osellame has developed an innovative technique of 3D laser lithography for the nano-structuring of crystalline materials. This process, based on  the use of ultrashort pulsed lasers to locally modify the response of the materials to  chemical etching, allows to create three-dimensional nano-optical devices directly inside dielectric crystals like YAG and sapphire, which play a key role in many photonic applications.

Article on Nature





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