Diego Caraffini graduated in particle physics in 2000, at “Università degli studi di Perugia”, where he also obtained his Ph.D. for a thesis titled “Anti-proton Flux Detection and Indirect Search for Dark Matter with the AMS-02 Experiment.” The thesis used the experiment Monte Carlo production, to study the rejection power for misidentified electrons and protons, that constitute the principal background in the measurement of the antiproton flux. The evaluated level of contamination, was used to assess the experiment capability to identify different Super Symmetric Dark Matter signatures as excess components in the cosmic antiproton flux.
During his Ph.D., Dr. Caraffini developed a laser system dedicated to the evaluation “on bench” of the resistance to radiation damage (radiation hardness) of integrated circuits, intended to perform preliminary characterization of alternative components for the experimental apparatus, that was under construction at the time.
After obtaining the doctoral degree, Dr. Caraffini sought employment as lead data analyst, in a spin-off company active in the field of radiation hardness qualification and development of radiation sensors, where he contributed to the development of the apparatus and procedure for both the standard test sessions and for project requiring custom configuration and data treatment.
In 2014 he joined INRS research group in nonlinear optics.