We are a group of well mixed people, with expertise on astrochemistry (observations and theory), astronomical instrumentation, and experimental physics. We can count on collaborators at the University of Concepción, working on mechanical engineering (fundamental for the design and the development of specific parts of the instrument), and quantum optics, providing a solid basis for the optical setup. A mix of theorists and experimentalists is crucial for the success of this project, this is why we have a solid collaboration with the quantum chemistry group at UdeC. In addition, we have the support of outstanding colleagues from Germany and UK, who are considered some of the best in mass-spectrometry experiments and astrochemistry.
Lead Investigator of the Cosmic Dust Experiment, and Head of the UdeC Astrochemistry Group, he works at the interface among chemistry and astronomy.
Expertise in theoretical and observational astrochemistry with focus
on star-forming regions.
Expertise in eletrical engineering and astronomical instrumentation. Head of the Center para la instrumentacion astronomica (CePIA), share the effort with Stefano to build an Excellence Center for Astrochemistry in Concepción.
Nico is an outstanding student, with passion on laboratory astrophysics and astronomical instrumentation. He spent his undergraduate thesis time in the Cepia Lab with Rodrigo and started his PhD in 2020 under the supervision of Stefano and Rodrigo to build the Cosmic Dust Experiment.
Expertise in engineering design and mechanical test. Cristian is participating to the Cosmic Dust Experiment providing help for the mechanical design and construction of different parts of our experimental setup.
Expertise in computational astrophysics, star-forming regions, and magnetic fields. Valuable support for the theoretical part of this project.
Expertise in quantum optics, with particular focus on optical nanofiber. He is a valuable support for the design and testing of the optical system that will be employed to measure the mass of the trapped particles.
Expertise in quantum optics, with particular focus on optical tweezers, microscopy, biophysics and thermodynamics. He is a valuable support for the design and testing of the optical system that will be employed to measure the mass of the trapped particles.
Expertise in quantum chemistry and ab-initio methods. Together with Stefano is co-supervising the PhD student Giulia Bovolenta with the aim to build the largest and most accurate database of binding energies of molecules on the surface of interstellar grains. A valid theoretical support to the Cosmic Dust Experiment.
Laboratory Astrophysics Group, Cologne, Germany
Center for Astrochemical Studies, MPE, Germany
Department of Chemistry, Oxford University, UK
Study the processes occurring at the gas-solid interface and on the surface of grains.