Piero joined Imperial College as a Lecturer in April 2012 and completed probation in 2015. He is interested in the research of novel techniques of particle acceleration for cancer therapy and medical accelerators in general.
In his work he focuses on studying ways of collecting and transporting laser-accelerated particles, whether electrons, protons or heavier ions, from the laser-target interaction point to the patient.
Recently Piero initiated the Gabor Lens Project, which received funding from the Imperial ICIC scheme. The prototype of a unique device designed to deliver particle focussing by means of a uniform-density electron cloud is ready to be tested at the Imperial Cerberus Laser Facility.
Previously, Piero worked as a Senior Research Fellow (Applied Physics) at CERN, where he was responsible for the studies on the beam dynamics of the Superconducting Proton Linac, a high intensity H- accelerator which was meant to inject into a new Proton Synchrotron (PS2) to boost the LHC luminosity. Moreover, he participated in several measurement campaigns at the Linac4 H- source and in various other projects, like ASACUSA, Linac2 and TERA medical accelerators.
Before that, Piero was involved in the SPES project at the Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro (LNL), one of the four INFN research labs, where he redesigned and updated the beam dynamics of the PIAVE-ALPI accelerator complex to increase its performance in terms of both beam quality and final energy. He also took part in the commissioning of the injector of the CNAO medical synchrotron, which marks the beginning of his interest in particle accelerators for medicine.
et al., 2016, First Test of The Imperial College Gabor (Plasma) Lens prototype at the Surrey Ion Beam centre, 7th International Particle Accelerator Conference (IPAC 2016), Joint Accelerator Conferences, Pages:1598-1600
Pozimski JR, Aslaninejad M, Posocco PA, 2016, Advanced Gabor Lens Lattice for Laser Driven Hadron Therapy and Other Applications, 7th International Particle Accelerator Conference (IPAC 2016), Joint Accelerator Conferences, Pages:1595-1597