Postdoc Profile: Giacomo Ciani

giacomo_ciani

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Physics

 

Departmental Website:  http://www.phys.ufl.edu/research/astrophysics.shtml#exp

Age:  34

Hometown: San Casciano V.P., Florence, Italy

Area of Research: Gravitational Waves (experimental)

Degrees:

B.S. in 2003 in physics and M.S. in 2004 in applied physics from the University of Pisa.

Ph.D. in physics in 2007 from the University of Trento, Italy.

I have been at the University of Florida since 2009 as a postdoctoral associate in the LIGO group at the department of Physics, and have been recently hired as an assistant scientist.
After obtaining my M.D. with a thesis in medical physics, since my PhD I've been working at the development, building an commissioning of space- and ground-based gravitational waves detectors, large and extremely high precision instruments that use sophisticated optical and mechanical technologies in an effort to detect the faint distortions of space-time (1/100 the size of an atom over a distance of a billion miles!) generated by powerful astronomical events.

Curious about everything, even more than I like technology I enjoy any type of outdoor activity, nature and... mountains (that makes life a little hard in Florida!); basketball, biking, hiking and paragliding are among my preferred sports. I also love to travel, possibly out of the beaten path. Being Italian, I really enjoy cooking and consuming good food! I'm really good at the second, not sure about the first...

E-mail Address: ciani @ phys.ufl.edu