Alessandro De Angelis: Background and Experience




Alessandro De Angelis, professor of physics at the faculty of Sciences of the University of Udine and at the Instituto Superior TÚcnico of Lisboa, is Deputy Chairman (Chairman elected, starting November 2012), Scientific Coordinator and Italian Spokesperson of the Magic gamma-ray telescope in La Palma (Canary Islands), and member of the collaboration managing the Fermi gamma-ray satellite (formerly known as Glast) from NASA. His main interests are high-energy particle astrophysics and fundamental physics with accelerators. During the recent years, he has been authoring and co-authoring publications mostly on axions and new particles (contributing to dark matter) detectable with Cherenkov telescopes, and on properties of the intergalactic medium; in the Ĺ90s, a series of articles mostly on non-perturbative QCD and advanced computing techniques. He is Director of the PhD School in Mathematics and Physics of the University of Udine.

After classical high-school, he studied General Physics at the University of Padova, where he started his professional activity in the group lead by Marcello Cresti. His first years of research, besides a period spent in Rome as technical officer at the Terrestrial Weapons headquarters and visiting assistant at the Istituto Superiore di SanitÓ, were devoted to the study of the lifetimes of charged particles with bubble-chamber detectors and to the preparation of the Delphi experiment at the CERN Lep electron-positron collider.

From 1993 to 1999 he was at CERN, Geneva, in the group of Ugo Amaldi, as research associate and then staff member, convenor of the Delphi QCD group and responsible of the software for physics analysis of Delphi. He coordinated the software for the INFN project on Artificial Neural Networks, Annetthe.

After coming back to Italy in 1999, he moved to astroparticle physics, participating to the projects Glast/Fermi and Magic (detection of gamma rays from 30 MeV to a few TeV with satellite and ground-based respectively), and building in Udine a group giving a primary contribution to the simulation, to the event display, and to data analysis end event classification techniques. He has served as scientific coordinator of the Magic telescope between 2005 and 2007, and then since 2012.

He is author or co-author of more than 600 scientific publications, referee for leading scientific journals, and organizer of international conferences in the fields of particle physics and astrophysics. H-index (according to ISI) of 48. According to a recent analysis of Essential Science Indicators from Thomson Reuters, the work by De Angelis  entered the top 1% of researchers publishing in the field of Space Science over the past decade with the highest citation count.

Member of Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Istituto Nazionale di AstroFisica, Consorzio Interuniversitario per la Fisica Spaziale and SocietÓ Italiana di Fisica; coordinator of European exchange projects with Lisbon, Helsinki, Paris, Lund, Madrid; guest professor in Paris VI, Max-Planck for Physics in Munich, University of Tokyo. Knowledge of Italian, French, English and Portuguese.

Courses lectured during the recent years: Electricity and Magnetism, Quantum Physics, Quantum ChromoDynamics, Astroparticle Physics, High Energy Physics.


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