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.
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
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
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.