Marco Alberto Carlo Potenza

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We implemented the heterodyne near-field scattering (HNFS) technique [Appl. Phys. Lett. 81, 4109 (2002)]], showing that it is a fairly valid alternative to traditional elastic low-angle light scattering and quite suitable for studying complex fluids such as colloidal systems. With respect to the original work, we adopted a different data reduction scheme,(More)
By using the critical Casimir force, we study the attractive strength dependent aggregation of colloids with and without gravity by means of near field scattering. Significant differences were seen between microgravity and ground experiments, both in the structure of the formed fractal aggregates as well as in the kinetics of growth. In microgravity purely(More)
We present a novel method to map the two-dimensional transverse coherence of an x-ray beam using the dynamical near-field speckles formed by scattering from colloidal particles. Owing to the statistical nature of the method, the coherence properties of synchrotron radiation from an undulator source is obtained with high accuracy. The two-dimensional complex(More)
We present a method based on the optical theorem that yields absolute, calibration free estimates of the optical thickness of scattering particles. The thickness is determined from the phase delay of the zero angle scattered wave. It uses a heterodyne scattering scheme operating in the Raman-Nath approximation. The phase is determined by the position of(More)
The shape and size of nanoparticles are important parameters affecting their biodistribution, bioactivity, and toxicity. The high-throughput characterisation of the nanoparticle shape in dispersion is a fundamental prerequisite for realistic in vitro and in vivo evaluation, however, with routinely available bench-top optical characterisation techniques, it(More)
Protein-dense liquid clusters are regions of high protein concentration that have been observed in solutions of several proteins. The typical cluster size varies from several tens to several hundreds of nanometres and their volume fraction remains below 10(-3) of the solution. According to the two-step mechanism of nucleation, the protein-rich clusters(More)
We present new services, developed also under the GMES ENDORSE (ENergy DOwnstream SErvices) project, for the performance analysis and the support in the planning of solar plants (photovoltaic, CSP, CPV) that combine a detailed model of each part of the plant (solar field, thermal storage system, electrical power system and inverters) and the near real-time(More)
We exploit the speckle field generated by scattering from a colloidal suspension to access both spatial and temporal coherence properties of broadband radiation. By applying the Wiener-Khinchine theorem to the retrieved temporal coherence function, information about the emission spectrum of the source is obtained in good agreement with the results of a(More)
The optical theorem is a very general law of scattering theory that has been discussed almost exclusively for spherically symmetric scatterers. In this work we present the extension to the case of anisotropic scatterers, by treating explicitly the problem within the Rayleigh-Gans approximation. Working formulas for the fluctuating components of the(More)
We developed a broad-spectrum light source specifically designed to reproduce the temporal behavior of the optical pulses emitted by scintillators for X-ray detection. Nanosecond-to-millisecond pulses are generated through a fast circuit driving Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) and are endowed with the peculiar time features of the most employed scintillators(More)