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)
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)
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)
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)
A thermal column is available for dosimetric and radiobiological studies by the fast reactor TAPIRO, located at the ENEA research centre Casaccia. The TAPIRO neutron field has been studied (in the frame of LNL BNCT project) with a tissue-equivalent proportional counter, which has worked alternatively with an ordinary tissue-equivalent cathode and with a(More)
A mini-tissue-equivalent proportional-counter (TEPC) has been constructed to study the possibility to manufacture mini-counters without field-shaping tubes for radiation therapy. The mini-TEPC can be assembled with and without field-shaping tubes. It can be equipped with a mini-alpha source for a precise lineal energy calibration. After the positive(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)
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)
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)
Track nanodosimetry is the theoretical and experimental research which studies the stochastic aspects of ionisation yield produced by ionising particles in nanometric target volumes, positioned at different distances from the primary particle track. The STARTRACK experimental set-up, mounted on the +50° beam line at the Tandem-Alpi particle accelerator of(More)