Catalina Curceanu

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Catalina Curceanu
Alma materUniversity of Bucharest
Scientific career
InstitutionsIstituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare

Catalina Curceanu is a Romanian physicist and lead researcher at the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare. She researches low energy quantum chromodynamics.

Early life and education[edit]

Curceanu was born in Transylvania,[1] she became interested in science as a child, and applied to the Mathematics and Physics Lyceum at Magurele in Bucharest.[2] She attributes her passion for physics to her very skilled teachers,[3] she studied physics at the University of Bucharest and graduated as a Valedictorian.[1][4] She carried out her doctoral research using the Low Energy Antiproton Ring at CERN on the OBELIX experiment,[5] she earned her PhD from the Horia Hulubei National Institute of Physics and Nuclear Engineering.[6]

Research and career[edit]

In 1992 Curceanu joined the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare,[1] she uses the DAFNE (DAΦNE) collider at Frascati.[1] She is part of the VIP2 experiment (Violation of the Pauli Principle) in the Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso.[7][8] In 2010 she was awarded Personality of the Year by the Romanian Academy in Rome,[9][10] she works at CERN on the OBELIX experiment, looking for Exotic mesons, and DIRAC, looking for exotic pionium.[2]

She published the popular science book Dai Buchi Neri all’adroterapia. Un Viaggio nella Fisca Moderna in 2013 with Springer.[11] The book considers concepts of modern physics, including; the standard model, black holes and neutrinos.[11] In 2015 she was awarded a $85,000 grant from FQXI and the John Templeton Foundations for her quantum physics research,[1][12] her proposal considered collapse models and the measurement problem.[13] She used an ultrapure germanium detector to test the radiation it emits,[14] her recent work involves the SIDDHARTA experiment, looking at the strong interaction and strangeness.[15][16]

Curceanu was the Australian Institute of Physics Women in Physics lecturer in 2016.[17] In her lectures she asked "Quo Vadis the Universe'",[18] she has spoken about quantum computers at TEDx Brașov and TEDx Cluj-Napoca.[19][20] She won the 2017 European Physical Society Emmy Noether Distinction for Women in Physics for her contributions to low-energy QCD,[21] she won a Visiting International Scholar Award from the University of Wollongong in 2017, researching detector systems for high precision spectroscopy in fundamental physics.[22] She is involved with several outreach and education activities.[4][6]


  1. ^ a b c d e RSPE, Director,; "Event - Catalina Curceanu - The Standard Model of elementary particle physics: how well do we understand the Universe? - RSPE - ANU". Retrieved 2018-08-09.
  2. ^ a b News, Romanian Global. "Interviu cu dr. Cătălina Oana Curceanu – organizator al celui de al XXXIX-lea Congres al Academiei Româno-Americane | Analize / Interviuri". (in Romanian). Retrieved 2018-08-09.
  3. ^ Teodorescu, Daniela Palade. "Cătălina Oana Curceanu - "În cercetare nu există orar de lucru, ci doar bucuria descoperirii"". (in Romanian). Retrieved 2018-08-09.
  4. ^ a b "Space time travel through the fascinating world of nuclear particles alongside the researcher Cătălina Curceanu | Romania in Contact". Retrieved 2018-08-09.
  5. ^ "LNF/IDF". Retrieved 2018-08-09.
  6. ^ a b "Cambridge Scholars Publishing". Retrieved 2018-08-09.
  7. ^ Marton, Johann; Bartalucci, S.; Bassi, A.; Bazzi, M.; Bertolucci, S.; Berucci, C.; Bragadireanu, M.; Cargnelli, M.; Clozza, A. (2017-03-29). "Underground test of quantum mechanics - the VIP2 experiment". arXiv:1703.10055 [quant-ph].
  8. ^ Pichler, A.; Bartalucci, S.; Bazzi, M.; Bertolucci, S.; Berucci, C.; Bragadireanu, M.; Cargnelli, M.; Clozza, A.; Curceanu, C. (2016-06-09). "Application of photon detectors in the VIP2 experiment to test the Pauli Exclusion Principle". J. Phys. Conf. Ser. 718: 052030. arXiv:1602.00898. doi:10.1088/1742-6596/718/5/052030.
  9. ^ "Un nou premiu prestigios pentru cercetătoarea Cătălina Curceanu | Accent Montreal". (in Romanian). Retrieved 2018-08-09.
  10. ^ "Romanians and Italians rewarded at Celebrity Gala Awards in Rome -". (in Romanian). 2010-11-02. Retrieved 2018-08-09.
  11. ^ a b Dai buchi neri all'adroterapia - Un viaggio nella Fisica Moderna | Catalina Oana Curceanu | Springer.
  12. ^ "INFN: Catalina Curceanu awarded by Templeton Foundation". ResearchItaly - INFN: Catalina Curceanu awarded by Templeton Foundation. Retrieved 2018-08-09.
  13. ^ "FQXi - Foundational Questions Institute". Retrieved 2018-08-09.
  14. ^ "Collapsing Physics: Q&A with Catalina Oana Curceanu". Retrieved 2018-08-09.
  15. ^ "Two lectures from distinguished physicist exploring strange and impossible phenomena | ANSTO". Retrieved 2018-08-09.
  16. ^ Curceanu, Catalina (2012-11-22). "DEAR and SIDDHARTA collaborations" (PDF). Milan. Retrieved 2018-08-09.
  17. ^ "Fearless physics: Catalina Curceanu, WIP Lecturer | e-EPS". Retrieved 2018-08-09.
  18. ^ Helen (2016-06-28). "Women In Physics - Australia: Be curious! Introducing Prof Catalina Curceanu our 2016 Women in Physics Lecture". Women In Physics - Australia. Retrieved 2018-08-09.
  19. ^ TEDx Talks (2017-12-01), How Quantum Computers Work? | Catalina Curceanu | TEDxBrașov, retrieved 2018-08-09
  20. ^ TEDx Talks (2018-06-27), How quantum computers work | Cătălina Curceanu | TEDxCluj, retrieved 2018-08-09
  22. ^ "Recipients". amorgan. Retrieved 2018-08-09.CS1 maint: others (link)