He got his Laurea degree at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 1982 with full marks and honours discussing the thesis “Luminescence Spectroscopy using Synchrotron Radiation”.
In 1984 he obtained a permanent position as Research Scientist at Istituto di Struttura della Materia of Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche. Between 1988 and 1993 he was in charge of the Optical Spectroscopy Beamline at the Italian Synchrotron Radiation Facility at Frascati National Laboratories of INFN. Since 1989 he participates as project leader at several Research Programs of the Istituto di Struttura della Materia based upon Auger and Energy Loss Spectroscopy of Materials and experimental activity using VUV Optical Spectroscopies. Since 1993 he is in charge of the development and management of the Circularly Polarized Beamline built at ELETTRA synchrotron radiation facility in Trieste.
His scientific interest deals with:
– the study of the electronic excitation of ionic insulators and the following relaxation processes, such as luminescence, F-center creation and desorption, especially for what concerning alkali halides.
– In the field of semiconductors his activity is focused on the investigation of the electronic structures and dielectric properties of II-VI semiconductors and their ternary compounds with transition metals, also known as Diluted Magnetic Semiconductors (DMS).
– Dichroism in chiral molecular structures (single molecules and surface templates) and magnetic materials.
He has a deep experimental experience in the field of Synchrotron Radiation research and applications such as VUV optics, optical spectroscopy and photoemission techniques. Moreover he is familiar with several electron spectroscopies such as Electron Energy Loss and Auger Electron Spectroscopy and Electron and Photon Stimulated Desorption.