Ignazio Ciufolini

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Ignazio Ciufolini is an Italian physicist active in the field of gravitational physics and general relativity.

Biography[edit]

Ignazio Ciufolini graduated magna cum laude in 1980 at Sapienza University of Rome and was awarded the PhD degree in Physics in 1984 at the University of Texas at Austin.[1][2][3]

From 1982 to 1988 he worked at University of Texas at Austin as a teaching assistant, lecturer and research associate. He is now an Associate Professor of General Physics at University of Salento (Italy),[4] tenured since 1999, and a member of Centro Fermi, Rome.[5] He collaborated with John Archibald Wheeler, with whom in 1995 wrote the book Gravitation and Inertia.[6] He works mainly in the field of General Relativity and Gravitational Physics. He proposed also a method to measure the effects of gravitomagnetism using the data from the laser ranged satellites LAGEOS and LAGEOS-2.[7][8][9] Ignazio Ciufolini is the Principal Investigator for the Italian Space Agency (ASI) of the Laser Relativity Satellite (LARES) mission, a space mission aimed to improve the accuracy of the measurement of frame-dragging.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Clippard, Lee (20 February 2012). "UT Researchers Send Experimental Satellite into Space". The Alcalde. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Ignazio Ciufolini, PhD Thesis Title with Signatures". Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "I. Ciufolini, PhD Thesis: "Theory and experiments in general relativity and other metric theories of gravity"". Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Ignazio Ciufolini personal card" (in Italian). Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Ignazio Ciufolini personal page on Centro Studi e Ricerche Enrico Fermi web site". Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  6. ^ Ignazio Ciufolini and John Archibald Wheeler. Gravitation and Inertia. Princeton University Press. Princeton, New Jersey (1995). ISBN 0-691-03323-4.
  7. ^ Ciufolini, I. (6 September 2007). "Dragging of inertial frames". Nature 449 (7158): 41–47. Bibcode:2007Natur.449...41C. doi:10.1038/nature06071. PMID 17805287. 
  8. ^ Ciufolini, I. (1986). "Measurement of the Lense-Thirring drag on high-altitude, laser-ranged artificial satellites". Physical Review Letters 56 (4): 278–281. Bibcode:1986PhRvL..56..278C. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.56.278. PMID 10033146. 
  9. ^ Ciufolini, I.; Pavlis, E. C. (2004). "A confirmation of the general relativistic prediction of the Lense–Thirring effect". Nature 431 (7011): 958–960. Bibcode:2004Natur.431..958C. doi:10.1038/nature03007. PMID 15496915. 

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