Maura Sandri was born in Bologna, Italy, in January 1974. She received the Laurea degree in Astronomy in 1999 at the University of Bologna presenting a thesis on the measurement of the Allan Variance in radio astronomical and spatial applications. Since 2000, she works on the European Space Agency (ESA) Planck mission. She attained the Ph.D in Astronomy in the 2005 at the University of Padua. During the Ph.D., she carried out her research activity within the Planck LFI Project System Team working on the definition, the optimization, and the characterization of the Low Frequency Instrument (LFI) optical interface, by means of electromagnetic simulations devoted to optimize the angular resolution and minimize the straylight contamination. The main result of her activity was the definition of the flight models of LFI feed horns. Since 2005 she is a member of the Planck LFI Calibration System Team. Within the Planck-LFI Data Processing Centre Team, she worked at the Demonstration Model of the Planck data analysis pipeline and she was responsible of the LFI main beams reconstruction during the ESA End-to-End Tests, in 2007 and 2008. From May 2009 she works at the Planck scientific data. In particular, she is responsible of the in-flight main beams reconstruction, she is the coordinator of Planck Optics Core Team Area from the 2007, and since November 2011 she is the coordinator of an international scientific working group aimed to evaluate the impact of the optical systematic effects on anisotropy power spectra and cosmological parameters estimation. She is Planck Scientist from 2006. In parallel to Planck activity, she worked at the optical design of BEAST, LSPE-STRIP, and she was responsible of a work-package within the ASI-mm project devoted to study optical configurations for future polarization experiments at millimeter wavelength. Currently, she works on Planck data analysis and on the iALMA Project.
Secondary scientific macro-area
Tecnologie avanzate e strumentazione
Main technological Area
Tecnologie per radioastronomia
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