giacomo mauri

Giacomo Mauri

PhD Student in Neutron Detectors
Detector Group

Research Interests

Giacomo Mauri is a PhD student in Physics at the University of Perugia, focusing primarily on experimental physics.

For the Bachelor's thesis, he studied vibrational Energy Harvesting process through the characterization of non-linear nano membranes that convert mechanical vibration energy into electrical energy based on the use of piezoelectric materials. His analysis provided information on the non-linearity and non-Gaussian properties of membranes.

In his Master's thesis, he improved and tested a thermal neutron solid state detector. A typical device is made-up of two components: a neutron converter, coupled to a sensor. In this case, the converter was a Gadolinium foil and the sensor was a silicon micro-strip. His work focused both on improving the assembly of the detector components and on developing the pulse-shape analysis method required for data analysis. The measurements were performed at ILL (Insitut Laue-Langevin).

In 2015, he started his PhD continuing his work on thermal neutron detectors. He has built a simulation data system to check and improve the data analysis, which also provides useful data for developing a FPGA read-out system. He is also studying and testing deposition techniques for Gadolinium.

As part of his PhD, Giacomo is in a 6-months secondment within the ESS Detector Group in Lund. He is working on B-10-based detectors.

  • Experimental physics
  • Thermal neutron detectors
  • Solid state physics

Current Projects and Collaborations

  • Summer School SISN- Neutron anelastic scattering: scientific opportunities by innovative instrumentation.
  • Perugia, Italy; 19–23 September 2016.
  • XXVII Congresso SISN- Italian Neutron Scattering Conference, INSC2016. Poster:"Development of a pulse-shape analysis method for neutron solid-state detectors",
  • SISN 2016 Senigallia; 29th June–1st July 2016.
  • XXVII Congresso SISN- Italian Neutron Scattering Conference, INSC2016. Poster:"Development of a pulse-shape analysis method for neutron solid-state detectors",
  • SISN 2016 Senigallia; 29th June–1st July 2016.
  • The International Conference of Physics Students (ICPS).
  • Heidelberg, Germany; 10–17 August 2014.
  • NiPS Summer School Energy management at micro and nanoscales.
  • Perugia, Italy; 8–13 July 2013.

Career History

  • 2015 – PhD student in Physics at University of Perugia
  • 2015 – Master degree in Physics
  • 2013 – Bachelor degree in Physics