European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC)
Alcione Mora joined the Gaia SOC calibration team at ESAC as an optical engineer in June 2009. Within the team he is responsible for the optical design aspects of the payload related to calibration and operations including telescope alignment, optical quality and the details of the wavefront sensor (WFS) and basic-angle monitoring (BAM) units. He is also extensively involved in the development of simulation and analysis software for WFS and BAM data and contributes to the tools and procedures in preparation of initial and regular in-orbit calibration activities.
He studied physics (BSc in theoretical physics, PhD in astronomy) and materials engineering (BSc) in Madrid (Spain). He held two postdoc positions in Granada (Spain) and Madrid before joining Gaia. He combined astronomical research with instrumentation development for Calar Alto and Dome C (Antarctica). His main scientific interests are pre-main sequence stars and circumstellar discs.
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