Pietro Musumeci was born in 1975 in Rome, Italy. He obtained his B.S. cum laude degree from University of Rome La Sapienza in 1998. He then continued his studies in the US West Coast ,where he got his Ph.D. degree from the University of California in Los Angeles in 2004. He returned to Italy where he worked as a postdoctor at the INFN, Roma. He has recently joined the UCLA Department of Physics and Astronomy as an Assistant Professor. He is a highly recognized beam physicist with a strong background in laser acceleration (plasma beatwaves and world-record acceleration achieved in an IFEL), FEL physics (superradiant and nonlinear FEL studies), and advanced beam physics. His accomplishments in this area include experiments on high brightness beam production by chicane as well as velocity bunching. Recently, he has been responsible for commissioning the first Italian photoinjector, SPARC. In this context, he was one of the leaders of the initial tests of the blow-out regime in rf photoinjectors. He now leads the implementation at the UCLA PEGASUS lab of a state-of-the-art Ti:Sa laser, with the goal of producing a photoinjector suited to for basic beam research and electron diffraction.
Biography Updated on 6 July 2007