Claudia Quercellini

ClaudiaI was born in Rome, in 1976. After a diploma in classical studies I graduated in Physics at University “Sapienza” of Rome. My Ph.D. was then carried on both at the Observatory of Rome and in UK (with two Marie Curie fellowships, in Oxford and in Brighton). After a research contract in collaboration with University of Milan Bicocca, I left the field for one year, teaching maths and physics in an American high school. I am now a postdoc researcher at University of Rome Tor Vergata.

What inspired you to study science?

I had to pass an exam in physics at high school, I eventually liked it a lot.

Do you have a role model in science?

My first scientific supervisor Franco Occhionero.

A quote that inspires you?

“There is a fundamental error in separating the parts from the whole, the mistake of atomizing what should not be atomized. Unity and complementarity constitute reality.”
— Werner Heisenberg

Research interests

Dark Energy models:
– scalar fields
– parameterizations
– interactions
Unified dark matter models
Inhomogeneous and/or anisotropic cosmological models (e.g. LTB, Bianchi models)
Linear and non-linear dark field perturbations
Statistical analysis of combination of probes (BAO, WL, CMB)
Tools:
– modification of Boltzmann codes (CAMB)
– Fisher forecast
– MCMC codes
– CMB map simulations

A list of all Claudia’s papers can be found here.

Favourite reference papers

http://arxiv.org/

Claudia visited the group for 2 weeks in February 2011

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