Savino Longo

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We apply a feedback cooling technique to simultaneously cool the three electromechanical normal modes of the ton-scale resonant-bar gravitational wave detector AURIGA. The measuring system is based on a dc superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) amplifier, and the feedback cooling is applied electronically to the input circuit of the SQUID.(More)
A two-dimensional in space and three-dimensional in velocity, fully kinetic particle-in-cell (PIC) model of the atom (Xe), ion (Xe+) and electron dynamics of a stationary plasma thruster is developed. Electron-neutral elastic scattering, excitation and ionization processes are modelled by Monte Carlo collision methodology. The interaction of the plasma(More)
A PIC-MCC/fluid hybrid model was employed to study a parallel-plate capacitively coupled radio-frequency discharge in hydrogen, under the application of a dc bias voltage. When a negative dc voltage was applied to one of the electrodes of a continuous wave (cw) plasma, a ‘beam’ of secondary electrons was formed that struck the substrate counter-electrode at(More)
This contribution proposes a description of selected experimental activities conducted in aerospace sciences and dedicated to generate experimental data to assess atmospheric entry plasma models. In order to provide comprehensive set of experimental data, high enthalpy shock tube facilities have been developed to generate plasma representative of entry(More)
Kinetic modelling of nonequilibrium flows is described as it applies to hypersonic phenomenology. A Monte Carlo method is described for the study of species separation on shock wave fronts; a Particle in Cell with Monte Carlo Collisions (PIC/MCC) technique is described for the simulation of dust in plasma flows; modelling of nonequilibrium radiation in(More)
This contribution shows two important applications of the particle-in-cell/monte Carlo technique on ion sources: modeling of the Hall thruster SPT-100 for space propulsion and of the rf negative ion source for ITER neutral beam injection. In the first case translational degrees of freedom are involved, while in the second case inner degrees of freedom(More)