New Research Associate joins the QUASAR Group

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Dr Carmelo Scarcella

The QUASARs would like to welcome Dr Carmelo Scarcella to the group.

Carmelo started his collaboration with the Quasar Group as a research associate in September 2019, while continuing with his work on Silicon Photonics for high speed links at CERN.

Carmelo Scarcella started his physics career at Politecnico di Milano. He obtained the Bachelor’s degrees and the Master’s degrees in Electronic Engineering in March 2008 and December 2010 respectively. His Master’s final project was titled “Ultra-fast electronics for a single-photon detection module based on InGaAs/InP SPADs”. After that he joined the PhD program of the Information Technology Department at Politecnico di Milano where he carried out research activity on Single-Photon Avalanche Diodes (SPADs) and successfully defended his PhD Thesis titled “Near-infrared photon counting instrumentation and applications” in March 2014.

From 2014 to 2016 Carmelo worked as a Research Engineer in the Photonics Packaging and Integration Group at Tyndall National Institute, Cork, Ireland. His research activity involved advanced single-mode optical coupling for integrated photonics and high speed electrical packaging.

In September 2016 Carmelo joined the EP-ESE-BE Group at CERN, where he has been involved in the development of next generation of single-mode rad-hard optical links for particle accelerators, in collaboration with the Beam Instrumentation Group. He carried out a feasibility study of a wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) scheme based on the existing Versatile Link framework and has also been involved in the radiation tolerance study of Silicon Photonics for future high speed links with even higher radiation resistance.