Maddalena Mantovani has received in 2002 a diploma in physics from the Università degli Studi di Pisa (Pisa, Italy) with a thesis done at the Caltech University (USA) devoted to the study of glassy materials for the construction of suspension for gravitational wave detectors (the title is “Characterization of (Mo0.6Ru0.4)1-xBx alloy for use in developing suspensions for gravitational wave detectors”). In 2004, she has obtained her M.S. degree from the Università degli Studi di Pisa (Pisa, Italy) with a thesis done at the Caltech University (USA) devoted to the study of very low resonant frequency suspensions for gravitational wave detectors (the title is “Minimizing the resonant frequency of MGAS springs for seismic attenuation system in low frequency gravitational wave interferometers”). Afterwards, she has achieved her Ph.D. degree in 2007 from the Università degli Studi di Siena (Siena, Italy) working on the angular control of the main optics of the Virgo gravitational wave detector (Cascina, Italy) (the title is “The automatic alignment in the Virgo interferometer,” done at Virgo, Pisa). She has also shared in the development, implementation, and improvement of the automatic alignment system for the Virgo detector by completing the control scheme and improving the control noise. After that, she held several postdoctoral positions (EGO, Università degli Studi di Siena and INFN, Pisa) working on the commissioning of the gravitational wave detectors Virgo and Virgo+. Mantovani worked with laser optics and optical cavities, feedback systems, suspension systems, and simulation tools.
Biography Updated on 2 January 2014