Luca ConversiEuclid Instrument Scientist
Main Research Fields
My research activity is mainly devoted to the study of Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB), its polarization and its foregrounds at sub-millimetre and far infrared wavelengths. What it is defined as foreground of the CMB (which might be the main research topic of many astronomers) conceals cosmological information on its own. I mostly investigate Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect, interstellar dust and cosmic infrared background.
I'm also interested in optical analysis and characterization of sub-millimetre experiments; however, most of my current work is dedicated to preparation of the ground segment for the Euclid mission as instrument scientist.
• Cosmic infrared background: anisotropies and polarization
• Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect & galaxy clusters
• Interstellar dust
• Cosmic infrared background
• Astronomical instrumentation: optical analysis and instrument calibration
Project/mission at ESA
Being an ESA research fellow at ESAC has been a good experience. Working in a friendly and international environment, side-by-side with other young researchers working on many different fields, and in a nice place with fine infrastructures, helps a lot to improve yourself, both on the working and "human" sides. You have a lot of freedom about what you want to do and to organize your work: however, the drawback is that you are almost left alone because your supervisor is too busy. You also have the chance to interface with a working environment which is different from the classical university/research institute one. Finally, I think it's a good opportunity for your career.