Alessandra Valloni

Alessandra Valloni was born in Teramo, Italy, in 1982. She attended the University of Rome to study Electronic Engineering and in 2009 joined the INFN National Laboratory of Frascati, Rome, as a postgraduate student to undertake work on her Master’s degree thesis focusing on ultrafast time resolved electron diffraction with pulsed electron beams for atomic and molecular imaging.

Having taken part in a two year collaborative study with the Particle Beam Physics Laboratory (PBPL) at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), she expanded her research to include the field of extremely compact optical accelerators. Her expertise mainly focuses on analysis of problems involving bunching as well as simultaneous focusing and acceleration of charged particles in slab dielectric laser-powered systems based on biperiodic photonic bandgap structures. At UCLA she also participated in the Galaxie (Gigavolt-per-meter Acceleration and X-ray free source Integrated experiment) project and sh was involved in the installation and initial experimental setup for Dielectric Wakefield Acceleration at FACET facility, SLAC, for testing of hollow dielectric fibers and slab dielectric structures as sources of Wakefield acceleration and THz Cherenkov Radiation Generation.

Currently Alessandra is a Marie Curie Fellow within the oPAC project. Her research will focus on the development of a recirculating energy recovery linac for the LHeC project at CERN. She enjoys experiencing the atmosphere of frontier research at the LHC, it offers the unique opportunity to learn and work on a plethora of technical and theoretical problems for dedicated researchers. She is enrolled in a PhD programme at Sapienza in the Department of Fundamental and Applied Science for Engineering and will receive her PhD in Electromagnetism in November 2012.



LHeC as a future upgrade option of the LHC