Prof Giorgio Savini
Professor of Astrophysics
Dept of Physics & Astronomy
Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences
- Joined UCL
- 1st Jan 2009
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.
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