[photo] Gianni Comoretto

Address

Postal
Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri
Largo Fermi 5
I-50125 Firenze ITALY
E-mail
gcomoretto arcetri.astro.it
gcomoretto tiscali.it

Say NO to war

What oil price has to do with astronomy? Well, most observatories are in remote places, and require a lot of energy to operate. I wonder how long I will be able to work for telescopes in places like the Atacama desert. The graph here marks how far away is the end of my job.

Here you can give a look at my personal interests


Interests and competences

Astronomy
Star forming regions
Low frequency (milliHz) gravitational wave search

Electronics
Control electronics, VME instrumentation
Digital electronics, fast control logic, ECL, Xlinx FPGA
"low frequency" (< 1GHz) Radio, active filters
Infrared imaging (NICS camera)

Software
Instrumentation control, real time OS, X11 GUI

Languages
C, C++, Fortran, Tcl/Tk (Am I a True Programmer?)

My principal interest is in building astronomical instrumentation, with particular attention to the control electronics. Instruments I bult: 1024 channel digital spectrometer (autocorrelator), coherent radio receivers for Doppler tracking of space probes, a 4096 channel correlator, the control electronics for the NICS infrared camera of the Galileo telescope. I am working on the digital backend for the Atacama Large Millimiter Array, a 64 antennas radiotelescope that will provide imaging at radio frequencies up to 860 GHz (0.35 mm).

Then I like to use these instruments, and analyze the data collected. The spectrometers have been mainly used for observing H2O masers in star forming regions. SFR have been observed also in the infrared. Doppler tracking is used to try to detect low frequency gravitational waves.


List of my scientific publications (mostly technical stuff, but not only). Sorry for the rough format, when I will find some time I will format it in a hypertextual document.


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