After completing my studies in Physics at “la Sapienza” University in Rome in 1991 (“Laurea” with honours), I worked for about 10 years at the Frascati laboratories of INFN in Italy as accelerator researcher in the framework of DAPHNE, the Frascati positron/electron collider. During that period I was responsible for the main electron/positron linac and for the development of a number of beam diagnostics systems. I also was a main player during the commissioning phase of the project.
In 2001, I moved to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as part of the Accelerator Physics group of the Advanced Light Source. Presently, I am a Senior Scientist and ALS Division Deputy for Accelerator Operations and Development, the ALS Accelerator Physics Program Head of the Accelerator Technology & Applied Physics Division , and the Principal Investigator of the APEX project, the injector facility developed at LBNL to characterize the performance of the VHF-Gun, a new concept high-repetition rate high-brightness electron source optimized for X-ray FEL applications. A close version of the VHF-Gun is being built at LBNL and will operate in the injector of the LCLS-II, the high-repetition rate X-ray FEL in construction at Stanford.
In 2013 I became a fellow of the American Physical Society for contributions to the development of high-brightness electron sources and to the understanding and investigating coherent synchrotron radiation in storage rings.
For more information, you can consult my personal webpage linked on the top-right part of this page.
- Ring-based light sources
- High-brightness electron sources
- Free Electron Lasers
- Coherent synchrotron radiation (CSR)
- Accelerator diagnostics