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About me

I was born on April 26, 1971 in Rignano sull'Arno, a small town near Florence, where I still live. I am graduated in Physics and I have carried out a Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering. Presently I am involved as "Young Scientist fellow" at INAF-OAA (Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory) in Florence, ITALY. In the past years I worked mainly at the XUVLab of the Dept. of Physics and Astronomy and at the Dept. of Astronomy and Space Science of the University of Florence where I was involved in the design and development of instrumentation for space and ground-based astrophysics.
The Dept. of Physics and Astronomy started its activity in early 2010 from the merging of the Dept. of Physics and the Dept. of Astronomy and Space Science of the University of Florence.
The latter (DASS) has been engaged in fundamental research in astrophysics and space physics since its establishment. DASS has started at the end of 1996 an experimental laboratory, the XUVLab, aimed at developing technologies in the field of instrumentation for UV and X-ray astronomy (X-VUV, spectral range 1-200 nm). The activity has mainly addressed the study and the development of X/UV detectors and instrumentation for UV spectroscopy and polarimetry. Traditional cameras, i.e. equipped with CCDs, photomultipliers and photon counters, were developed for space and laboratory applications, but R&D activities concerned also innovative detectors, based on new technologies and materials, like diamond. 
My principal research interest concerns the field of technology and instrumentation for space and ground-based astrophysics, payload data handling electronics, CCD and CMOS sensors and readout electronics, but  I am also interested and sometimes involved in industrial and civil low-frequency electro-magnetic simulations. In broad terms, my works concerns the development of payloads electronics, opto-electronic devices for imaging, spectroscopy and polarimetry but in the past I was also involved with Engineering Technical Studios to simulate electro-magnetic emissions from power stations and electrical lines.
The use of electro-magnetic simulation software permits to solve some problems relative to the presumptive knowledge of human exposition to electromagnetic fields. In fact a lot of epidemiological studies on humans indicated a link between low and high-frequency EMFs and serious health problems like cancer and leucemias. So, some years ago, I decided to develop a semi-finite elements software to help technicians to evaluate the low frequency electro-magnetic emissions of electrical power installations during the design stage but also useful, in a later stage, for verification purposes.

To be continued...