UCL Astrophysics Group

Prof Giorgio Savini

Prof Giorgio Savini

Professor of Astrophysics

Dept of Physics & Astronomy

Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

Joined UCL
1st Jan 2009

Research summary

I am an Astrophysicist whose research covers mostly instrumentation. 

From the design, modeling and calibration of optical elements and instruments in the infrared and sub-mm wavelength range. I have contributed to the selection, calibration and testing of all the cold optical components of the High Frequency Instrument on board the Planck Probe. I also worked on the the post-build optical characterization of the SPIRE Spectrometer on board the Herschel satellite and am responsible for the build of a number of polarisation modulators for a variety of experiments with different astronomical objectives. I have worked on a number of subsequent satellite proposals: B-POL/Core, EChO, Twinkle, SPICA and am currently working on ARIEL (ESA Exoplanet Characterization mission - M4) and Litebird (JAXA-led CMB B-mode probe).

Physics Interests: Spectroscopy and Polarimetry methods, design of metamaterials for the manipulation of THz radiation. 

Astronomy Fields of Interests: Exoplanets, Star-formation (role of magnetic fields in), secondary anisotropies in the CMB, solar system minor planets. 

Teaching summary

Since joining UCL I have taught in all years of the Experimental Labs and have taught:

-) 3rd Year Electromagnetic Theory course. 

-) 2nd Year Practical Computing in Astrophysics course.

Currently I serve as the UCL Observatory Director and as the Academic Tutor of the Astronomy Certificate.


Universita degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2005