Fifteen years working in the ILL mechanical workshop, have given Alessio a broad experience in exploiting of heavy machinery and also precise equipment. He took part in more than one instrument setup at ILL using milling and turning machines, as well as soldering, brazing and welding. The realization of pieces of equipment has required the technical design in 3D cad such as Solidworks. The most frequent were the production of dedicated pieces for sample environment equipment. In this context, he has developed a solid experience in problems related to cryogenic, high vacuum and high pressures. Alessio’s role required technical versatility in order to resolve a variety of scientific and technical challenges related to the instrument operation.
Alessio is a technician who has grown in the scientific and technical environment of the Institut Laue Langevin (ILL, Grenoble), where he started in 2002. He took part from the very beginning of the BRISP project. BRISP is a Neutron Brillouin Spectrometer installed at the ILL as the result of an Italian (75%) - German (25%) CRG (Collaborative Research Group) established in 1999 between the INFM (now merged into the CNR) and the Technical University of Chemnitz (nowadays the Technical University of Marburg).
He was firstly involved in the construction of the instrument and later on in the design of various components. He worked in the upgrade of several parts of the instrument as whole and of the sample environment particularly. Later on, the electronics background became essential for the fulfillment of the detector acquisition system and the setting up of the choppers of the spectrometer. In 2007, he was appointed as technical responsible of the CRG and his responsibilities comprised both, the ordinary and the extraordinary maintenance activities of the instrument. Together with the instrument scientists, Alessio covered the systematic technical support for the users before, during and after the experiments realization. This role allowed him to deal with a plethora of different logistic and technical challenges and to develop a wide range of different skills (e.g. development of high pressure sample container for large volumes, devices for intermediate and low temperature measurements).