The current Institute of Acoustics and Sensors "Orso Mario Corbino" (IDASC) of the National Research Council is the heir of the National Institute of Electro-Acoustics (INEA) wanted by prof. Orso Mario Corbino and founded August 10, 1936 by a decree signed by Guglielmo Marconi, then President of the organization.
The headquarters was then in the prestigious Institute of Physics via Panisperna in Rome. Senator Corbino, former director of the Institute of Physics worked there when Enrico Fermi, was the first director of the Institute.
Corbino died only a few months later, January 23, 1937, and the institute was inaugurated after him with an event that took place in via Panisperna, April 30, 1939. That is in these long years of business you always wanted, in the name , celebrate the memory.
With remarkable insight, the research lines of the Institute were defined directing them to the study of ultrasound, musical acoustics, room acoustics and transducer technology, lines still valid and current. Searches that are still part of the cultural heritage dell'IDASC.
In 1949 the institute was renamed National Institute of Ultracustica (INUA) and the activity continued with studies on the propagation of ultrasound in solids and liquids.
In 1968 he took the name of Experimental Institute of Acoustics "O. M. Corbino "(IDAC), and the headquarters was moved to the premises of the Headquarters of our Organization in the then square Sciences, Piazzale Aldo Moro today.
Later the seat was moved to the northern outskirts of the city, in La Justine, along the Via Cassia, at number 1216, where he remained until 1997, year of the transfer in the CNR Research CNR "Rome - Tor Vergata".
Finally, in February 2010 took its present name following the opening of the headquarters of Brescia called "SENSOR Laboratory", thereby seeking to emphasize the importance that the sensor has in the activities of the Institute.
In physics, acoustics plays a highly interdisciplinary and has implications in many aspects of the development of science, technology, social. While primarily a discipline of classical physics, in fact, it is connected with the fields of science and technology where are new applications and new types of analysis are required. The acoustics are today applied in important areas and different as, for example, in the acousto-electronic and acousto-optical devices for the treatment of electrical signals and / or optical, in transducers, sensors and actuators. It is used in the characterization of new materials, in geoacustica, in environmental control in order to minimize the impact on human health, in non-destructive testing, technology for the protection and preservation of cultural heritage.
There are many scientific results obtained at the Institute, among them is important to remember the contribution made to the development of ultrasound in medicine, has now become common diagnostic technique.