Dr. Rodolfo Canestrari

INAF-IASF Palermo
Canestrari, Rodolfo
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Area of Expertise: Cherenkov Telescopes, Surface characterization, Mirrors, Glass slumping
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Rodolfo Canestrari is involved since many years in several projects on Cherenkov Astronomy, from the early phases of the developments to the implementation phases. He actively took part in the working groups on Telescope and Mirrors of the CTA project giving a noticeable number of oral contributions mainly on technical developments. His present role, in the ASTRI flagship project, poses Canestrari as a major expert in the field of Dual-Mirror Cherenkov telescopes and mirrors. Playing mostly technical roles (i.e. system engineering and labs developments), he also has developed skills in the coordination of the working team.
Degree in Astronomy from the University of Bologna in 2006 with a thesis focused on the development of mirrors for focusing hard X-ray. PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Insubria in 2010 on the development of innovative technologies based on the use of thin glass. Researcher at the Observatory of Brera from 2010 carrying out activities in the Optical Technologies group founded by Oberto Citterio. He is the author of numerous publications and presentations at international conferences, particularly regarding manufacturing techniques of lightweight optical mirrors and design of Cherenkov telescopes. He has participated or participates in major international programs such as E-ELT, SYMBOL-X, IXO, MAGIC, CTA and ASTRI. Responsible for the work package "telescope and mirrors" for the ASTRI flagship project funded by MIUR. Member of several committees including the Italy-France bilateral committee for the evaluation of the projects ASTRI and SST-GATE. Years of experience in the characterization and development of high-precision optical components using the ion-beam figuring technique (projects JWST / NIRSPEC and LLT / SUBARU).

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