Doctor in Physics
After the PhD thesis in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Muon Spin Resonance on orbitally ordered compounds at the University of Parma, I moved to X-rays science at the European Synchrotron Radiation Source (ESRF) in Grenoble.
There I worked at the magnetic scattering beamline (ID20) acquiring specific experience on Resonant X-ray Diffraction (RXD).
I performed experiments in X-ray diffraction and absorption at the major synchrotron sources around Europe, complementing my scientific activity with neutron experiments on both powders and single crystals.
Once back to the Italian university, I started to complement the diffraction investigation of strongly correlated systems with X-ray spectroscopy, mainly by RIXS (Resonant Inelastic X-ray Scattering) in the soft regime.
Currently, I am one of the scientists on 23-ID CSX (Coherent Soft X-ray scattering) beamline at NSLS2 synchrotron source of BNL.
Investigation of strongly correlated materials, both in bulk (single crystals) and nanoscopic (thin films, heterostructures, nanodroplets) materials: multifunctional (multiferroics, magnetoelectric) and high temperature superconductors by X-ray and neutron diffraction, X-ray spectroscopies. Electronic orderings, their phase transitions and inhomogeneities.
▪ understanding of electronic mechanisms in some manganites multiferroics and magnetoelectrics;
▪ discovery of new phases and electronic couplings in frustrated low dimensional magnets;
▪ first observation of charge density wave (CDW) phases and its relation with superconductivity in series of cuprate high temperature superconductors;
▪ development of new complementary techniques for resonant experiments, particularly useful in demanding sample environments and micro domain samples;
▪ high electric field setup for in-operando investigation of piezoelectric materials and quantum paraelectrics by X-ray diffraction;
▪ experimental physics classes both in France (in French, as course responsible) and in Italy (in Italian, as an assistant);
▪ science communication to young students and large public; referent of the National Science Museum in Milan for shows on superconductivity.