Ciro Del Vecchio

Astrophysical Observatory of Arcetri, Italy

Ciro Del Vecchio joined the Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory in 1987, just after receiving his degree at the Faculty of Engineering in Pisa, Italy. He became a staff researcher at the end of 1988, and he has been an associate astronomer since 1998. He is a member of the Italian branch of the project office of the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) ( and was responsible for the structural design of the telescope. Del Vecchio is also part of the Arcetri Adaptive Optics Group ( since its inception in the 1990s, and he developed the optomechanical design of the adaptive secondary mirrors conceived in Arcetri for the MMT and LBT telescopes. He has been a collaborator on the Sardinia Radio Telescope (SRT) (, and he has worked on the mechanical design of various optical and infrared focal-plane instruments developed in Arcetri in cooperation with many international institutions. The electromagnetic design of the new-generation deformable mirror for the extremely large telescope (ELT) ( adaptive optics systems is his current main research activity.

Biography Updated on 22 November 2011

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