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Lucio Piccirillo


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I teach Physics of the Solar System



Graduated at the University of Rome in 1985 with a thesis on the measurements of photon noise in the Cosmic Microwave Background radiation.

1985 - 1986 Teacher of Digital Electronics at the Italian Airforce

1986 - 1989 Researcher at the italian Telecommunication Government ministry

1989 - 1991 PDRA at the European Space Agency (NL)

1991 - 2000 Assistant Professor at Bartol Research Institute University of Delaware (USA)

1998 - 2000 Visiting Professor at University of Wisconsin (USA)

2000 - 2006 Senior Lecturer/ Reader Cardiff University (UK)

2006 - Professor at University of Manchester

Research interests

My main areas of research concern Experimental Cosmology and development of novel technologies for astronomical instrumentation.I am involved in the following experimental activities:

  1. detection and characterization of the polarization properties of the Cosmic Microwave Background radiation
  2. radio detection of ultra high energy neutrinos interacting with the Moon surface
  3. radio detection of axions

I am also involved in the following technology activities:

  1. development of high frequency cryogenic low noise amplifiers
  2. development of novel electron-beam lithography techniques
  3. design and construction of improved sub-Kelvin cryogenic refrigerators to be used in astronomical instruments
  4. development of novel quasi-optical interferometers

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Areas of expertise

  • QB Astronomy
  • QC Physics


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