Raiola, Francesco

Raiola Francesco, PhD
Research Fellow

Phone: +36 1 392 1371
Fax:     +36 1 395-91-51
email: francesco.raiola (at) wigner.mta.hu

Francesco Raiola has received his PhD at the Ruhr Universitaet of Bochum (DE) in 2006. His research work focused on 'electron screening' effect on nuclear reactions at astrophysical energy of interest. He joined the X-ray spectroscopy group in the latest 2012 at his present employer.

Francesco Raiola

Attila ut. 6 Apt. III/4· Budapest (Hungary)
+36 (307) 699 974
E-mail: freeflight046@gmail.com



of Bochum
Bochum, Germany

Experimental Nuclear Astrophysics

February 2006

University of Catania -
Catania, Italy




  • Self-motivated,
    possesses strong analytical skills.

  • 15+
    years experience in data analysis (regression, various fitting
    methods, statistical distributions, reports)

  • Organizational
    skills, technical management skills, and ability to perform
    detail-oriented work.

  • Project
    development using hypothesis-driven experimental design, planning
    and execution.

  • Worked
    intensively in a
    radioactive laboratory to perform experiment using high dose radioactive materials; worked in a chemical laboratory to prepare, clean, and test new targets.

  • Mechanical and theoretical experience in engineering components.

  • Ability to design and carry out laboratory experiments to explore instrument response.

  • Experience
    with tape data storage systems and magneto-resistive recording heads.

  • Capable to use data acquisition hardware and analog circuit using analogical/logical and digital probes.

  • Extensive work with various accelerator machines in the United States and Europe.

  • Strong research skills using a variety of media.


  • Computer
    environment: Windows, Linux (Ubuntu, SUSE, Debian), Unix, X Leopard.

  • Program
    language: web-based products (HTML), C++, GEANT4, COSY INFINITY, ROOT, MatLab 7.0.

  • γ
    spectra, particle & neutron detector analysis programs.

  • Measurement
    & Automation: LabVIEW 8.0, script automation (cron job).

  • Word
    processor/Video editing: Microsoft Office Suite, OpenOffice, LaTeX, LyX, COREL, AUTOCAD/CAM (basic experience).

  • Electronic
    data analysis/database: Origin 7, MS Excel, ROOT.


  • Fluent
    in Italian and English; intermediate fluency in German.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with an ability to develop and present technical materials to international scientific community.

  • Ability to maintain high standards of professionalism and quality while working on multiple projects with particular attention to detail.

  • High ethical standards, with an understanding of and commitment to

  • Invitations
    and talks at national and international schools and conferences. A number of publications in various scientific journals.

  • Project
    collaboration and extensive teamwork with various national and international physics groups.


Research Centre for Physics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences


Research scientist

2012 - present

  • Mőssbauer spectroscopy on chemically different samples using
    detector,scintillator and proportional counters

  • Used a Zygo NewView 7100 scanning white light interferometer to characterize the high-precision 3D profilometry of surface

  • Extensive work with LabView 8 to control a series of motorized stages for X-ray spectroscopy.

School of Mines,
of Physics


research associate

2008 - 2011

  • Used a neutron radiation detector and measurement instrumentation
    (plastic scintillator BC408)

  • Performed mathematical modeling of a neutron detector at 100keV-10MeV using C++, ROOT, GEANT4 code

  • Managed and analyzed large experimental data sets using ROOT to validate the performed neutron detector model with GEANT4

  • Created laboratory apparatus including a PCB connection board, vacuum system, and an electronic assembly, using machine tools and testing tools (temperature probes, vacuum gauges)

  • Managed and tested strip silicon detectors (single/double layer)

  • Advised two graduate students throughout their senior project

  • Radiological Health Training Course

  • Member of
    American Physical Society (APS) (2007 - 2010)

University of Notre Dame Nuclear Science

South Bend, IN – USA

Post-doctoral research associate

2007 – Aug 2008

  • Maintained a
    light ion source accelerator (energy of few MeV)

  • Repaired all
    parts of an accelerator line (ion source, electrostatic/magnetic
    elements, vacuum system and vacuum gauge, analogical/logical

  • Created
    mechanical drawings using AUTOCAD to build a vacuum system (using
    ISO and ASA standard) for a nuclear experiment

  • Performed a
    nuclear experiment using
    detectors (NaI detector and HPGe detector)

  • Radiological
    Health Training Course

        Tandem Laboratory at the Ruhr-Universität of Bochum



2006 – Apr.2007

  • Serves as a
    consultant, advisor, and problem-solver

  • Used
    implantation procedure of deuterium in metallic, Lanthanides
    targets and insulators in a clean vacuum-free environment

  • Used
    nuclear analysis techniques and sputtering procedures to clean
    and analyze the chemical composition of implanted targets

  • Studied
    half-life radioactive decay

    in metallic and insulator environments using
    particle detectors

  • Worked in a
    chemical laboratory: used special cleaning procedures on MACOR
    materials; produced deuterated targets with an evaporation
    machine; and cleaned a CVD diamond used in a special temperature

    of Bochum


    doctoral r
    esearcher in Experimental Nuclear

2006 - Nov. 2006

  • Performed
    experimental investigations of the electron screening effect in metallic, Lanthanides, and insulator targets

  • Built and tested a homemade temperature variable device (77 – 500 Kelvin) to perform nuclear experiments

  • Chemically prepared homemade targets

    Ruhr-Universität of Bochum

Bochum, Germany

    Ph.D. student

Nov. 2001 - Jan. 2006

  • Studied the properties of different nuclear reactions important for understanding the evolution of the stars

  • Used, tuned and
    maintained a duo-plasmatron ion-source accelerator

  • Built a
    windowless gas target system (using high vacuum pumps)

  • Used Si-surface detectors for charged particle detection (semiconductor)

  • Presented
    scientific research results at various European and American
    scientific conferences

  • Member of German Physical Society (2001 - 2006)


Dr. Fred Sarazin, Associate Prof.

Colorado School of Mines

1523, Illinois Street

Golden, CO, 80401 - USA

+1 (303) 273 3283


Dr. Michael Wiescher, Freiman Prof.

of Notre Dame

Nieuwland Science Hall 181

South Bend, IN, 46556 – USAff now

+1 (574) 631 6788


Dr. Marialuisa Aliotta, Associate Prof.

University of Edinburgh

EH 9 3JZ, Edinburgh, UK

+44 (131) 650 5288


Dr. Lucio Gialanella, Associate Prof.

Seconda Università di Napoli

Dipartimento di Scienze Ambientali

Via Vivaldi 43, 81100 Caserta, IT

Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sez. di Napoli

c/a Dipartimento di Scienze Fisiche

Via Cinthia snc, 80126 Napoli, IT

+39 (082) 327 4631






  • nuclear astrophysics
  • gamma, alpha, neutron detection

Selected publications

  • [1] Energy loss of deuterons in 3He gas: a threshold effect
    A. Formicola, M. Aliotta, G. Gyurky, F. Raiola, et al.
    Eur. Phys. J. A 8 Short note (2000) 443-446.
  • [2] Electron screening effect in the reactions 3He(d,p)4He and
    M. Aliotta, F. Raiola, G. Gyurky, et al.
    Nucl. Phys. A 690 (2001) 790-800.
  • [3] Stopping power of low-energy deuterons in 3He gas
    F. Raiola , G. Gyurky, M. Aliotta, et al.
    Eur. Phys. J. A 10 (2001) 487.
  • [4] Enhanced electron screening in d(d,p)t reaction for deuterated Ta
    F. Raiola , P. Migliardi, G. Gyurky, et al.
    Eur. Phys. J. A 13 (2002) 377.
  • [5] Electron screening in d(d,p)t reaction for deuterated metals and the
    periodic table
    F. Raiola , P. Migliardi, et al.
    Phys. Lett. B 547 (2002) 193.
  • [6] Enhanced electron screening in d(d,p)t reaction for deuterated metals: a
    possible explanation
    C. Bonomo, G. Fiorentini, Z. Fulop, L. Gang, G. Gyurky, K. Langanke, F.Raiola, et al.
    Nucl. Phys. A 719 (2003) 37c.
  • [7] Electron screening in d(d,p)t for deuterated metals
    F.Raiola (LUNA collaboration)
    Nucl. Phys. A 719 (2003) 61c.
  • [8] Enhanced electron screening in d(d,p)t for deuterated metals
    F.Raiola, L. Gang, et al.
    Eur. Phys. J. A19 (2004)283.
  • [9] Electron screening in d(d,p)t for deuterated metals: temperature
    F.Raiola, B. Burchard, et al.
    J. of Phys. G31 (2005)1141.
  • [10] Electron screening in 7Li(p,alpha)alpha and
    6Li(p,alpha)3He for different environments
    J. Cruz, Z. Fulop, G. Gyurky, F. Raiola, et al.
    Phys. Lett. B624 (2005)181.
  • [11] Enhanced d(d,p)t fusion reaction in metals
    F.Raiola , B. Burchard, et al.
    Eur. Phys. J. A27 (2006)79.
  • [12] Change of the 7Be electron-capture half-life in metallic
    B. Wang, S. Yan, B. Limata, F. Raiola, et al.
    Eur. Phys. J. A28 (2006)375.
  • [13] New measurement of 7Be half-life in different metallic environments
    B. Limata, Z. Fulop, D. Schurmann, N.De Cesare, A. D'Onofrio,
    A. Esposito, L. Gialanella, G. Gyurky, G. Imbriani, F. Raiola, et al.
    Eur. Phys. J. A27 (2006) Suppl.1.
  • [14] First hints on a charge of the 22Na beta+-decay half-life in the metal Pd
    B. Limata, F. Raiola, et al.
    Eur. Phys. J. A28 (2006)251.
  • [15] A new study of the fusion reaction 12C+12C towards the Gamow energy
    T. Spillane, F. Raiola, et al.
    Phys Rev Lett. 2007 Mar 23;98(12):122501.
  • [16] The 198Au beta--halflife in the metal Au
    T. Spillane, F. Raiola, et al.
    Phys. Rev. Lett. (em submitted).

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