Astrid Morreale

My scientific activities have focused on the structure of the neutron and the proton, the constituents of the atomic nucleus and of nuclear matter in general[1]. On the experimental side, this has involved working on large scientific international collaborations (from 200 to 1500 scientists and engineers), recording large amounts of data (up to several Gigabytes per second and several Petabytes per year) by means of state-of the art particle detection technologies and analyzing these data using advanced statistical techniques and distributed computing models. My work has probed matter under both simple conditions such as deep inelastic scattering of a lepton (electron or muon) off a nucleon (proton or neutron)[2] or proton-proton collisions[3,4], and more challenging conditions such as those achieved in relativistic heavy ion collisions. As such, I consider myself an expert on hadronic physics. Currently I am a peer reviewer for American Physical Society(APS) journals, the International journal of modern physics and the European Physical Society. I am also a panel expert reviewer for H2020 (European Union funding program)

My current research activity is focused on studying the content of protons and neutrons in a largely unexplored regime in which gluons are expected to dominate. To this end, I form part of the Electron Ion collider (EIC) users group. The EIC[5] is particle accelerator that will be built in the United States with the capabilities of colliding electrons with heavy ions or protons at nearly the speed of light to create rapid, high-resolution “snapshots” of the force binding all visible matter.

My teaching activities have been mostly focused on the formation of first and second year engineering majors[6]. The subjects I teach are related to applied mathematics, mathematical physics, physics and electronics. The main mathematics courses relate to the introduction of numerical methods. These methods include mathematical minimization (i.e. Newton-Raphson, Runge-Kutta, Interpolation methods), variational calculus with an introduction to Lagrangian mechanics and finite element methods. Regarding the electronics classes I give, their primary goal is an analytic and experimental comprehension of the principles of operation and exploitation of sensors, project management and adaptation to the unforeseen.

On my free time I paint and/or collaborate with artists dear to me[7]. My work is either freely inspired from my experiences/literature/other artists, or just physics inspired art[1].

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