Giorgio Tornielli

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The difficulties encountered in applying knowledge-based system technology to complex industrial environments have made the need for representing and using deep knowledge about physical systems increasingly clear to system designers. A rather large number of approaches to modeling and reasoning with deep knowledge have been experimented, but the impact of(More)
Ionisation cluster-size distributions in nanometric volumes of liquid water were determined for alpha particles at 4.6 and 5.4 MeV by measuring cluster-size frequencies in small gaseous volumes of nitrogen or propane at low gas pressure as well as by applying a suitable scaling procedure. This scaling procedure was based on the mean free ionisation lengths(More)
Proton beams (62 Mev) are used by the Laboratori Nazionali del Sud of the Italian Institute of Nuclear Physics to treat eye melanoma tumours at the therapeutic facility called CATANA. A cylindrical slim tissue-equivalent proportional counter (TEPC) of 2.7 mm external diameter has been used to compare the radiation quality of two spread-out Bragg peaks(More)
The probability of the formation of ionization clusters by primary alpha-particles at 5.4 MeV in nanometric volumes of propane was studied experimentally and by Monte Carlo simulation, as a function of the distance between the center line of the particle beam and the center of the target volume. The volumes were of cylindrical shape, 3.7 mm in diameter and(More)
Microdosimetry with tissue-equivalent proportional counters (TEPC) has proven to be an ideal dosimetry technique for mixed radiation fields as those ones used in boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT). A new counter, composed of two twin cylindrical mini TEPCs inserted in a slim titanium sleeve of 2.7 mm external diameter, has been constructed. The detector(More)
The electronics employed around particle accelerators can be disturbed or damaged because of single event effects (SEE). The most likely effect is the single event upset (SEU) which may affect all memory devices. In the case of high energy accelerators, SEUs are mostly produced by secondary charged particles generated by neutron interactions. The(More)
This paper illustrates a tissue-equivalent proportional counter designed to have high gas gain and good energy resolution at nanometric simulated site sizes. Microdosimetric neutron and gamma spectra were measured in dimethyl ether and in propane-based tissue-equivalent gas mixture down to 35 nm. The comparison of experimental data with the results of Monte(More)
This paper reports on a quite large experience in implementing a procedurally introspective system (PIS), ALICE, in which a well known problem is faced: the integration between LISP and Horn clauses. This exercise is motivated by a recognized lack of experience in implementing PISs to deal with actual A.I. programming problems. ALICE is composed of two(More)
STARTRACK is the acronym of an experiment that aims to measure ionisation cluster distributions in nanometric sites placed at different distances from an accelerated charged particle track. STARTRACK will first use the 20 nm wall-less detector, already used for studying the nanometric track structure of an alpha particle, and then a new detector designed(More)