Carla is Professor of Applied Physics at University of Rome “Tor Vergata” (UTOV). She was educated at the University of Rome La Sapienza (MSc 1977) where she also was a postgraduate student.
She is an experimental physicist with a track record in studying and directing research on interatomic and intermolecular interactions in fluids and disordered materials, nuclear quantum effects in materials and neutron scattering.
As a scientist at large-scale neutron facilities, Carla has given a significant contribution to the development of neutron instrumentation and techniques with eV and MeV neutrons.
She recognized the potential offered by pulsed neutron sources and was instrumental in the design which led the development of several novel instrumental concepts: exploiting eV spectroscopy at ISIS facility to enable neutron scattering measurements to reach attosecond time scales to study nuclear momentum distributions in complex materials and experimental eV neutron physics; pioneering the use of MeV energy neutrons at spallation neutron sources to test electronic devices, leading to the construction of the Chip Irradiation (ChipIR) beamline at the ISIS facility.
She performed research in neutron science at Pluto and Dido Reactors and LINAC A.E.R.E. Harwell (1981-1983), at IPNS Argonne National Lab (1984), at ISIS facility (1984-1988), prior to being appointed to UTOV.
From 2015 Carla leads Group of Applied Physics, a sub-department of the Dep. of Physics at the UTOV she served as Director of the NAST Centre (2016-2020), Deputy Rector (2013-2019). Director of the ERICE School “Neutron Science and Instrumentation” (2015-).
She was elected Fellow of the Institute of Physics (FInstP in 2011), is member of the Italian Physical Society (SIF), of EPS, of ACS, of the IOP Neutron Scattering Group. She received the Occhialini Medal and Prize 2016, awarded by IOP and SIF for services to neutron science and has served on numerous UK and international advisory committees, many associated with the use of Large-Scale Facilities.
Last updated: 15 February 2021