Who am I ?
I used to have a permanent page here titled “About me” (see at the bottom of this page). Stuff I wrote eons ago, outdated and misrepresenting myself a bit. Instead, I decided to put here a few links to personal posts where, along with pictures of me, my family, and the like, you can get to know something more about me, if you really, really need to. In reverse chronological order, updated on June 27, 2007.
Oh, and – before going to the list: you can see a video of me talking about the Higgs search in CDF in the old quantum diaries site.
- “A small Peter Woit?” contains a description of myself -not too friendly, to be sure- by Lubos Motl, string theorist at Harvard.
- “The frequent traveler” is just a picture of Filippo and a short description of our recent trip to Paris. For that also see Father and son in Paris.
- “Hadron decay 01” shows a couple of pictures of a recent attempt at modeling clay.
- If you want to read me calling myself an incompetent, read “Idiot’s guide to handling a multi-million-dollar experiment”.
- More incompetence in “Will 4.5 amps do?”.
- Still more criticism in “The pains of representing a collaboration”.
- A picture and something about my sporting attitudes in “The jump” .
- My bridge skills – totally related to fluctuations of the cards I get dealt – in “Wow hand” .
- Something about my activities as an amateur astronomer at “A wonderful observing session”.
- My publication rating in “My h-index: 33”.
- A slideshow of my trip to Mexico! in “Mexico slideshow”.
- A sentimental post about the love story of my life in “22 years”.
- Something about my recent work on the Z->bb signal in “Just blessed!”.
- Some pictures of the detector I contributed building in “A few pictures of the CMX muon system”.
- A picture of me with James Bjorken can be found here.
- A post I wrote at Sabine Hossenfelder’s Backreaction about myself is here.
- A recollection of a vacation to Paris as a kid: “A trip to Paris in 1977”.
- Some pictures of a recent chess match: “Chess match tonight”.
- A pic of myself as Scientific Coordinator in the CDF control room here.
To be continued with older posts as I find the time….
Below, the old “About me” page… Temporarily here until I find a better place to store it.
I was born on February 5th, 1966 in Venice, Italy. I have two brothers, Paolo and Martino. I have always lived in Venice, apart from a two-year parenthesis when I had a position of Post-doctoral Fellow in Particle Physics at Harvard University, and contributed to the construction of the new CDF II detector. I married Mariarosa in 1998 and we have two kids, Filippo (8) and Ilaria (4). We live in Venice, where we finished remodeling our new house in September 2005. We are quite happy about our place, although living in Venice is tough!I am currently a INFN research scientist working at the University of Padova. I had my secondary studies at the Liceo Scientifico “F.Severi” in the Lido di Venezia between 1979 and 1984. In the meantime I also studied at the Venice Conservatory “B.Marcello”, where I became a Master of Antique Instruments in 1982. There I studied composition for four years, too; but I then quit to study physics.I studied at the University of Padova, where I specialized in experimental particle physics. I graduated on June 16th, 1995, with a thesis titled “The Search for Top Quark in the All-Hadronic Decay with the CDF Experiment “. With the CDF-Padova group we indeed found a signal for the difficult decay mode of top-antitop pairs into six hadronic jets, and published our results on Physics Review Letters (“First Observation of the All Hadronic Decay of T Anti-T Pairs“, PRL 79 (1997), 1992-1997). You can find a postscript version of the paper here.I did my Ph.D. research on the search for Z boson decays to b quark pairs, which are very hard to detect in proton-antiproton collisions (in fact nobody had seen that signature before). I found a signal which was approved by the CDF collaboration on June 18th, 1998.
I defended my Ph.D. thesis in Padova on February 9th, 1999. You can get your copy of the thesis here (13.7 Mbytes, 200 pages in postscript). Later, I worked for Harvard University in 1999-2000, when I constructed part of the CDF II muon system (the CMX detector extension): in the picture on the left you can see me in front of one of the modules being assembled. From 2001 I was in Padova again, where I got a string of 2-years positions and then I won a position as researcher with INFN in the fall of 2005. I am currently a member of the CDF and CMS collaborations, but most of my research time in 2007 is devoted to CMS.
Apart from physics, my interests are chess, astronomy, and mineralogy. I am fond of climbing and playing tennis. Other than chess, I like many games, especially gambling ones: poker and blackjack, but bridge has also become a new discovery ground for me lately.
I enjoy to play both classical and pop/rock music on the piano: songs of Billy Joel, Elton John, Paolo Conte, and many others, but also Beethoven and Chopin. The latest thing I’ve been studying seriously is the third movement of Beethoven’s “Appassionata”. Wow, that is tough.
My plans for the future ? I have no plans but being happy.