Alessandro Granelli

 

COSMIC WISPER :

Alessandro Granelli

Current position:

Post-doc at the University of Bologna

Affiliation:

University of Bologna and INFN

Field of research:

Astroparticle Physics, Neutrino Physics and Dark Matter

What is your career trajectory to date?

I obtained my bachelor’s and master’s degree in physics at the University of Padua while concurrently pursuing a diploma in Natural Sciences at the Galilean School of Higher Education. Subsequently, I completed my Ph.D. at the International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste, collaborating with Prof. Serguey T. Petcov on neutrino physics and leptogenesis, as well as with Piero Ullio on dark matter phenomenology. Currently, I serve as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Bologna, where I am engaged in various projects on leptogenesis and its potential low-energy tests, sub-GeV dark matter phenomenology, and neutrino (astro)particle physics.

What are the most exciting open questions in your research area?

Why do neutrinos, the most elusive particles discovered at present, carry masses and why are they so light compared to the other known particles? Why in the Universe there is predominance of matter over antimatter, which conditions our own existence? What is the nature of dark matter, the unknown component of the 25% of the Universe? Addressing such fundamental open problems may change completely our perspective of the Universe, making the work of a researcher in modern physics engaging and stimulating. What I find most exciting in doing research in this field is that these problems may very well be interconnected.

What role do you think a network like COSMIC WISPers can play in developing WISP searches in Europe?

COSMIC WISPers network serves as a bridge connecting disparate groups working on diverse topics or facets of the same subjects. Given the interconnected nature of the open problems in modern physics, fostering collaboration among diverse research fields is paramount. COSMIC WISPers network offers a platform for such collaboration and foster discussions aimed at uncovering the dark component of the Universe at the sub-GeV mass scale.

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