Alessandro De Angelis, Director of Research at INFN Padova, is professor of physics at the faculty of Sciences of the University of Udine and at the Instituto Superior Tecnico of Lisboa, Chairman of the Magic gamma-ray telescope collaboration in La Palma (Canary Islands), and founding member of the collaboration managing the Fermi gamma-ray satellite (formerly known as Glast). His main interests are high-energy particle astrophysics and fundamental physics with accelerators.
Born in 1959 in Cencenighe (Belluno). After classical high-school, studied General Physics at the University of Padova, where he started his professional activity in the group lead by Marcello Cresti. His first years of research, besides a period spent in Rome as technical officer at the Terrestrial Weapons headquarters and visiting assistant at the Istituto Superiore di Sanità, were devoted to the study of the lifetimes of charged particles with bubble-chamber detectors and to the preparation of the Delphi experiment at the CERN Lep electron-positron collider.
From 1993 to 1999 he was at CERN, Geneva, in the group of Ugo Amaldi, as research associate and then staff member, convenor of the Delphi QCD group and responsible of the software for physics analysis of Delphi. He coordinated the software for the INFN project on Artificial Neural Networks, Annetthe.
After coming back to Italy in 1999, he moved to astroparticle physics, participating to the projects Glast, from NASA, and Magic (detection of gamma rays from 30 MeV to a few TeV with satellite and ground-based respectively), and building in Udine a group giving a primary contribution to the simulation, to the event display, and to data analysis end event classification techniques. He has served as scientific coordinator of the MAGIC telescope between 2005 and 2007.
He is author or co-author of more than 600 scientific publications and several books, including one for the large public , and a textbook of astrophysics , and organizer of international conferences in the fields of particle physics and astrophysics.
During the recent years he lectured on Electricity and Magnetism, Quantum Physics, Quantum ChromoDynamics, Astroparticle Physics, High Energy Physics.
1. Alessandro De Angelis, L'enigma dei raggi cosmici, Milano, Springer, 2012.
2. Alessandro De Angelis, Mario Pimenta, Introduction to particle and astroparticle physics: multimessenger astronomy and its particle physics foundations, Springer-Nature 2018.