Connecting Dots: a Life in Physics

Dariush Hampai (LNF) , Valeria Guglielmotti (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare)

[…] Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So, you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart even when it leads you off the well-worn path and that will make all the difference. […]

[Steve Jobs, Speech at Stanford University, June 12, 2005]

It was a hot day at Stanford in 2005, and with these words Mr. Jobs described perfectly the meaning of objectives in life: when we start, we are blind. Only at the end, looking backward, the sight is clear.


Sultan Dabagov Our colleague, Prof. Sultan Dabagov is approaching to a very important date.

After an entire life dedicated to research, it’s time to connect his “dots” through the proofs of Sultan’s colleagues.

“Connecting Dots: a Life in Physics” is not only a celebration, not only an end. This workshop should be intended as a starting point where different researchers, apparently too far each other’s, can share their experience working with a common friend.


Starting from first works on channeling radiation, we will travel through his main research by talking about Channeling in crystals as well as in Plasma Laser, X-ray polycapillary optics, theoretical research about matter-radiation interaction and others fields where Sultan gave a strong push to research.


We, Valeria and Dariush, as long-lasting collaborators, thought sharing some “personal memories” can be the best way to celebrate an important moment of life: 60 years.

  • Akinori Irizawa
  • Aleksandr Savchenko
  • Alexander Lobko
  • Alexey Dik
  • Andrea Ghigo
  • Andrea Mazzolari
  • Angelo Schiavi
  • Anton Babaev
  • Aram Saharian
  • Behnam Azadegan
  • danilo giulietti
  • Dariush Hampai
  • David Bradley
  • Eugene Bulyak
  • Evgenii Frolov
  • Evgeny Mazur
  • Frank Zimmermann
  • Gianluca Cavoto
  • Liudmila Puzyrevich
  • Luca Marchitto
  • Luca Serafini
  • Mara Barone
  • Nicola Neri
  • Nikolay Kalashnikov
  • Pavel Karataev
  • Sergei Abdrashitov
  • Sergiy Shulga
  • Sultan Dabagov
  • Valeria Guglielmotti
  • William Dunn
  • Xavier ARTRU
  • Yury Cherepennikov
  • Wednesday, July 14
    • 9:30 AM 9:45 AM
      Welcome 15m
      Speaker: Dr Fabio Bossi Director of LNF – INFN
    • 9:45 AM 10:00 AM
      “Almost 20 years working with Sultan” 15m
      Speaker: Dr Hampai
    • 10:00 AM 10:15 AM
      “Channeling Radiation on Single Crystal“ 15m
      Speaker: Dr Azadegan
    • 10:15 AM 10:30 AM
      On Prof. Sultan Dabagov anniversary: the review of crystal channeling studies 15m
      Speaker: Dr Babaev
    • 10:30 AM 10:45 AM
      Motivation for life and science & Hybrid scheme of positron production by channeling radiation & Black squares mystery 15m
      Speaker: Dr Abradshitov
    • 10:45 AM 11:00 AM
      Break 15m
    • 11:00 AM 11:15 AM
      Laser - Plasma Channeling: main results (with Frolov) 15m
      Speaker: Dr Dik
    • 11:15 AM 11:30 AM
      Laser - Plasma Channeling: main results (with Dik) 15m
      Speaker: Dr Frolov
    • 11:30 AM 11:45 AM
      “Channeling, Laser-Plasma-Acceleration and Betatron Radiation” 15m
      Speaker: Dr Giulietti
    • 11:45 AM 12:00 PM
      “Ultra-low emittance muon beams generation by Lorentz boost of X-rays with electrons: an example of in-vacuum channeling” 15m
      Speaker: Dr Serafini
    • 12:00 PM 12:15 PM
      “Quantitative measurements of fuel spatial mass distributions from GDI sprays through polycapillary x-ray based techniques” 15m
      Speaker: Dr Marchitto
    • 12:15 PM 12:30 PM
      Tomsk-Frascati joint studies in applications of X-ray polycapillary optics 15m
      Speaker: Dr Cherepennikov
    • 12:30 PM 1:00 PM
      Final Discussion - Happy Birthday Sultan 30m

      In this section all of the participants can talk and share some comments and memories about his/her "interactions" with Sultan