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

My main research is in the design, modeling and calibration of optical elements for far infrared and sub-mm astronomical instrumentation. 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 (see link below). I am also involved in the 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 (see link on Other Experiments/Collaborations). Future research includes the optical design in the far infrared of the next generation of instruments and the modeling of new optical components for polarisation modulation and frequency selection.

Teaching summary

Since joining UCL I have taught in all years of the Experimental Labs and the 3rd Year EM 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
PhD, Astronomy | 2005