I dottorandi del mese
Francesco Piccioli (35° ciclo)
Hello! I am a PhD student in a co-tutelle agreement between the University of Trento/CNR-BEC center, where i conduct the theoretical part of my research, and the University of Rostock (DE), where I work on the experiments. Also, I’m part of the QST transdisciplinary program. My researches are focused on topological effects in coupled optical waveguide arrays. Most recently, i’ve been exploring the concept of acoustic modulation of optical waveguides as an alternative way to manipulate the spectral properties of light with applications in quantum technologies and classic Telecommunication. Beside the research, I am passionate about physics divulgation, winter sports and music, and I coordinate the Trento node of ADI (Associazione Dottorandi e Dottori di Ricerca in Italia).
Sophie Bini (36° ciclo)
Hi! I'm Sophie Bini and I'm a PhD student. I'm part of the LIGO-Virgo-KAGRA collaboration for the observation of gravitational waves! Since the first detection in 2015, we have detected more than 90 gravitational waves originating from the merger of compact objects, as black holes and neutron stars. The detectors are still increasing their sensitivity and there are several other sources that we expect to observe in the next few years!
For my PhD, I'm working on data analysis to search for generic gravitational waves, without assuming any template of the gravitational-wave signal. At the moment, I'm developing a machine learning algorithm to mitigate some transient noise that seriously affects our searches!
I like several sports: hiking, windsurfing and beach volley. During summer we often play among PhD students, come to the open space if you want to join the group!