Jul 6 – 13, 2022
Bologna, Italy
Europe/Rome timezone

Astroparticle experiments to improve the biological risk assessment of exposure to ionizing radiation in the exploratory space missions: a research topic initiative

Jul 8, 2022, 7:05 PM
1h 25m
Bologna, Italy

Bologna, Italy

Palazzo della Cultura e dei Congressi
Poster Astroparticle Physics and Cosmology Poster Session


Alessandro Bartoloni (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare)


The actual and next decade will be characterized by an exponential increase in the exploration of the Beyond Low Earth Orbit space (BLEO). Moreover, the firsts tentative to create structures that will enable a permanent human presence in the BLEO are forecast. In this context, a detailed space radiation field characterization will be crucial to optimize radioprotection strategies (e.g., spaceship and lunar space stations shielding, Moon / Mars village design), to assess the risk of the health hazard related to human space exploration and to reduce the damages potentially induced to astronauts from galactic cosmic radiation. On the other side, since the beginning of the century, many astroparticle experiments aimed at investigating the unknown universe components (i.e., dark matter, antimatter, dark energy) have collected enormous amounts of data regarding the cosmic rays (CR) components of the radiation in space. Such experiments essentially are actual cosmic ray observatories. The collected data (cosmic ray events) cover a significant period and permit to have integrated information of CR fluxes and their variations on time daily. Further, the energy range is exciting since the detectors operate using instruments that allow measuring CR in a very high energy range, usually starting from the MeV scale up to the TeV, not usually covered by other space radiometric instruments. Last is the possibility of acquiring knowledge in the full range of the CR components and their radiation quality The collected data contains valuable information that can enhance the space radiation field characterization and, consequently, improve the radiobiology issues concerning one of the most relevant topics of space radiobiology represented by the dose-effect models. In this talk, the status of the art in this topic will be presented as well a related research topic initiative titled "Astroparticle Experiments to Improve the Biological Risk Assessment of Exposure to Ionizing Radiation in the Exploratory Space Missions". We launched in December 2021 on three different Frontiers Journal (Astronomy and Space Science/Astrobiology, Public Health/Radiation and Health, Physics/Detectors and Imaging).

In-person participation No

Primary authors

Alessandro Bartoloni (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare) Gianluca Cavoto (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare) Prof. Lidia Strigari (IRCCS University Hospital of Bologna, Italy) Dr Nan Ding (Institute of Modern Physics, CAS, Lanzhou, China: Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)) cristina consolandi (university of hawaii)

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