Paolo de Gregorio

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We analyze heat and work fluctuations in the gravitational wave detector AURIGA, modeled as a macroscopic electromechanical oscillator in contact with a thermostat and cooled by an active feedback system. The oscillator is driven to a steady state by the feedback cooling, equivalent to a viscous force. The experimentally measured fluctuations are in(More)
We present an experimental investigation of the statistical properties of the position fluctuations of low-loss oscillators in nonequilibrium steady states. The oscillators are coupled to a heat bath, and a nonequilibrium steady state is produced by flowing a constant heat flux, setting a temperature difference across the oscillators. We investigated the(More)
Recent experiments have evidenced some unconventional features in the elasticity of nematics, which cannot be explained by standard microscopic theories. Here, in the framework of a second-virial density functional theory, we have developed a general approach, relaxing the usual assumption that the angular distribution of particles with respect to their(More)
The release of two compositionally different solutes from a composite gel composed of two different populations of microgel particles embedded in a single bulk gel matrix is described, showing the potential of the "plum-pudding gel" as a multifunctional platform for controlled surface release. One hydrophobic solute (pyrene) and one hydrophobic and charged(More)
We study experimentally, numerically, and theoretically the elastic response of mechanical resonators along which the temperature is not uniform, as a consequence of the onset of steady-state thermal gradients. Two experimental setups and designs are employed, both using low-loss materials. In both cases, we monitor the resonance frequencies of specific(More)
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