Luca Antonelli

Luca Antonelli

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I am currently working on dynamic compression of materials. The aim of my work is to propose new experiments to investigate matters under extreme conditions, which is commonly found in astrophysical environments. Dynamic compressed matter can be obtained through laser-driven shock-waves and investigated via X-ray imaging (such as X-ray absorption and phase-contrast radiography), and scattering-based techniques (such as X-ray diffraction). The ideal facility for these kinds of studies are the X-ray free electron laser (XFEL) facilities such as the European XFEL in Hamburg in Germany and LCLS at SLAC in Stanford (USA). The design of the experiments is based on molecular dynamics (MD) simulations using the code LAMMPS.

My interest also covers the development of new diagnostics, as I did in my previous appointment. I am particularly interested in XPCI applied to high energy laser facilities where it is possible to study plasma conditions relevant to astrophysics. In the last two years I developed an interest in the application of machine learning models which are becoming increasingly used in the community of la High Energy Density physics (HEDp) and astrophysic.

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