Giulia Galli

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Novel physical phenomena can emerge in low-dimensional nanomaterials. Bulk MoS(2), a prototypical metal dichalcogenide, is an indirect bandgap semiconductor with negligible photoluminescence. When the MoS(2) crystal is thinned to monolayer, however, a strong photoluminescence emerges, indicating an indirect to direct bandgap transition in this d-electron(More)
to the gamma band (Varela et al., 2001). This resonance-like interplay between externally applied and internally generated regional oscillatory activity may prove a powerful approach to manipulate brain activity. So far, investigations of tACS effects on cognitive performance have been limited to visual and somatosensory perception (Feurra et al., 2011b),(More)
Dedicated neural systems represent the space surrounding the body, termed Peripersonal space (PPS), by integrating visual or auditory stimuli occurring near the body with somatosensory information. As a behavioral proxy to PPS, we measured participants' reaction time to tactile stimulation while task-irrelevant auditory or visual stimuli were presented at(More)
Face recognition emerges from an interaction between bottom-up and top-down processing. Specifically, it relies on complex associations between the visual representation of a given face and previously stored knowledge about that face (e.g. biographical details). In the present experiment, the time-course of the interaction between bottom-up and top-down(More)
Reading times on words in a sentence depend on the amount of information the words convey, which can be estimated by probabilistic language models. We investigate whether event-related potentials (ERPs), too, are predicted by information measures. Three types of language models estimated four different information measures on each word of a sample of(More)
We compute the interlayer bonding properties of graphite using an ab initio many-body theory. We carry out variational and diffusion quantum Monte Carlo calculations and find an equilibrium interlayer binding energy in good agreement with most recent experiments. We also analyze the behavior of the total energy as a function of interlayer separation at(More)
It is unclear how neural correlates of episodic memory retrieval differ depending on the type of material that is retrieved. Here, we used a source memory task to compare electrical brain activity for the recollection of three types of stimulus material. At study, healthy adults judged how well visually presented objects, words, and faces fitted with paired(More)
Women and men differ in the way they experience emotional events. Previous work has indicated that the impact of an emotional event depends on how it is anticipated. Separately, it has been shown that anticipation affects memory formation. Here, we assessed whether anticipatory brain activity influences the encoding of emotional events into long-term memory(More)
We present predictions of the thermoelectric figure of merit ( ZT) of Si nanowires with diameter up to 3 nm, based upon the Boltzman transport equation and ab initio electronic structure calculations. We find that ZT depends significantly on the wire growth direction and surface reconstruction, and we discuss how these properties can be tuned to select(More)
This paper presents a theoretical investigation of the microscopic mechanisms responsible for heat transport in bulk Si, Ge and SiGe alloys, with the goal of providing insight into design rules for efficient Si-based nanostructured thermoelectric semiconductors. We carried out a detailed atomistic study of the thermal conductivity, using molecular dynamics(More)