- Full Prof. of Physics at the Campus Bio-Medico University, Rome
Full Professor of Physics of Matter at the Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome.
Graduated in Physics in Pisa in 1972 he obtained his Postgraduate Diploma (PhD) at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa in 1976. Since 1987 he is Full Professor of Structure of Matter, Atomic and Optical Physics at the University of Naples (until 1990), the University of Florence (from 1990 to 2019) and the University Campus Biomedico of Rome (2019 – 2020). During his career he has been Director of the European Laboratory of Nonlinear Spectroscopy (LENS), Director of the Department for the National Research Council (CNR), President of the National Institute of Metrological Research (INRIM), President of the Consultative Committee for Length of the International Committee for Weights and Measures (CIPM), President of the Council of Presidents of Public Research Institutions (CONPER) and President of the National Research Council (CNR).
He spent periods of study at the NBS / NIST (USA) and the Institut d’Optique (France). He has received numerous international prizes and awards, including: “Enrico Fermi” prize (Italian Physical Society), Grand Prix Scientifique (Institut de France), “Herbert Walther” prize (DPG & Optical Society of America), Alexander von Humboldt senior award (Berlin), Matteucci Medal of the National Academy of Sciences detta dei XL, International Prize and scientific medal “Tomassoni” of the University La Sapienza of Rome, he is winner of an Advanced Grant of the European Research Council (ERC).
Active in the field of quantum sciences and technologies, his scientific activity is in experimental physics research, in particular in the areas of: atomic and molecular physics; classical and quantum optics; radiation-matter interaction; spectroscopy; metrology; laser cooling; quantum simulation with ultra-cold atomic gases; development of spectroscopic and metrological instrumentation for physics and chemistry; interdisciplinary studies. He is the author of more than 300 publications in internationally distributed books and magazines and author / editor of more than 10 books. He has coordinated numerous research projects funded at European and national level.
Fellow of the Optical Society of America, of the American Physical Society, of the European Laboratory for Nonlinear Spectroscopy (LENS), he is member of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, member of the Accademia delle Scienze of Turin, member of the Istituto Lombardo (Accademia di Scienze e Lettere) of Milan, member of the Accademia Pontaniana of Naples, member of the Academia Europaea, Grand Officer of Merit of the Italian Republic and Knight of the Legion of Honor of the French Republic.