After completing the Liceo Classico, I had to make the difficult decision between scientific or classics for my higher studies. My compromise was doing something unorthodox and combining two of my strongest passions: physics at University while carrying on in parallel my musical studies in the Music Conservatory.
Another difficult choice came about when I had to drop the offer of a job in an Italian Conservatory to carry on with my Doctorate in Physics. Then, in random order, came my marriage to a scientist husband, my move to Great Britain, two teenage step-daughters and two children, all along with huge efforts to develop a career, while coping with a growing family (and an Italian enlarged family!).
My research has developed in the field of numerical simulations of plasmas, mainly for thermonuclear fusion, at the JET laboratory, Culham, Oxfordshire. I have developed and upgraded large fluid codes to describe the transport properties of plasmas, in particular how contaminants behave in plasmas. Impurities, particularly heavy ones, have to be kept to a minimum level in fusion plasmas, so it is important to reproduce experimental data in order to understand and possibly predict their behaviour to minimize their impact.
I enjoy team work very much and I find it very exciting to collaborate with scientists from across Europe and world-wide.
I have also worked on simulations on low-temperature plasmas, important for technological applications, in collaboration with scientists of the Open University.
I have also a keen interest in the popularization of science and have collaborated with Italian colleagues on projects on the relationship between music and science and, more recently, on Marconi.
I am deeply involved with the organization of the in-college tutoring and the admissions and do my share of tutoring of the core compulsory courses for the Physics degree with my Colleagues, John March-Russell and Adrianne Slyz. Recently I have enjoyed teaching particularly the mathematics courses as well as the Electromagnetism courses. But the best part of tutoring at New College is the contact with our undergraduate students: it is always very rewarding and I am always amazed at how much I learn from them as I teach them!