Matteo Lorenzini has received in 2004 an M.S. degree in physics from the Università degli Studi di Firenze (Florence, Italy) with a thesis devoted to the study of future suspensions for the mirrors of the Virgo gravitational waves detector. Subsequently, he obtained a Ph.D. degree in 2008 from the University of Florence, with the thesis "Suspension thermal noise issues for advanced GW interferometric detectors," dedicated to the R&D activity on thermal noise reduction for the next generations of GW interferometric detectors. The thesis was awarded the 2007 GWIC Thesis Prize honorable mention and the 2008 INFN Bruno Rossi Prize honorable mention. After obtaining the Ph.D. degree, he held several postdoctoral positions, from 2008 to 2011, at the Italian Institute for Nuclear Physics, involved in the LISA Laser Interferometer Space Antenna project and in the main activities on thermal noise reduction for Virgo. During this period, he took part in the preparation of the Einstein Telescope Design Study. From August to December 2011, he was a Research Scholar at the CGWA, University of Texas at Brownsville, TX, USA. Currently, he holds a Postdoc degree at the Università di Roma Tor Vergata, Italy, working on the issue of the correction of thermal effects in gravitational wave interferometers. During his career, he faced many experimental and technical concerns, mainly in the field of material science (silicon/silica materials) and optics. Lorenzini worked with laser optics and optical cavities, cryogenics, accelerometers, feedback systems, chemical etching, and simulation tools. His research interests include the thermomechanical studies on crystalline and amorphous materials and coatings, measurements with optical systems and optical cavities, characterization of thin films, direct measurement of creep in silicate-bonded structures, thermal noise in mechanical systems, active correction for thermal effects in optical systems, and adaptive optics.
Biography Updated on 2 February 2013