Roberta Sparvoli

Full Professor of sector FIS/04 (Nuclear and Subnuclear Physics)

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Roberta Sparvoli has dedicated her scientific activity to the research of antimatter and dark matter signals, and to the study of the nuclear and isotopic components of cosmic rays in a large energy range, by means of experiments conducted on stratospheric balloons, on board satellites and with experiments on board the two Space Stations MIR and ISS. Among the most important space missions in which she has intensely participated we can mention the PAMELA mission, in orbit on a Russian satellite from 2006 to 2016, which has revolutionized the physics of cosmic rays by bringing innovative data on antimatter and primary particle flows.

Roberta Sparvoli has been part of the WiZard-RIM / PAMELA collaboration since 1993, and most of the time she worked at the University of Rome Tor Vergata.

She is currently Coordinator and Head of the WiZard group of the Physics Department of the University of Rome Tor Vergata. The group counts 25 people among staff, fixed-term contractors, research fellows, PhD students, fellows and undergraduates as participants.

Roberta Sparvoli is currently National Manager for the CSES / LIMADOU (CSN2) acronym of the National Institute of Nuclear Physics since 2013 Local Manager for the acronym GAPS (CSN2) of 2016. The CSES / LIMADOU mission - conducted on board a Chinese satellite - has the task of studying the variations of electromagnetic fields and particle flows around the Earth in connection with events of Space weather or seismic events. The first mission started in February 2018 and is currently flying. The second will start in 2022. The GAPS mission, however, carried out on board a stratospheric NASA balloon, has the task of measuring flows of antideuterium and antiprotons, in search of dark matter. He will fly in 2021.

Roberta Sparvoli is Local Manager of the CALET experiment at the Physics Department of the University of Rome Tor Vergata since 2010, financed with a contract of the Italian Space Agency ASI. This mission, of Japanese origin, is currently mounted on board the ISS and is taking data from primary and secondary high energy cosmic rays.

Prof. Sparvoli is delegate of the University of Rome Tor Vergata at the Interuniversity Consortium for Space Physics (CIFS ) from 2014.

Teaching in the Physics Department
ID Course Name Semester Length CFU
Elements of Nuclear and Subnuclear Physics Second 14 Weeks 6
Informatics Laboratory Second 14 Weeks 6