Paola Battaglia


Studentessa di dottorato presso l'Università di Tr


The greatest passion of my life has always been Astronomy. Since childhood I liked looking at stars, wondering what those magnificent spots of light were.

I graduated in Astrophysics in 2002 and then I started working on the Low Frequency Low Frequency Instrument (LFI) of the ESA PLANCK mission. During the last 7 years I had the opportunity to be deeply involved in PLANCK LFI by, at first, working at a degree thesis concerning the realisation and the validation of a software model for the PLANCK LFI receivers. 
Immediately after it, I started working on the receivers themselves, first on the Qualification Models and then on the Flight Models in  Thales Alenia Space Italia

I covered many task, basically technical, which lead to a deep knowledge of the receivers. I had also the opportunity to follow the Instrument Cryogenic Characterisation at spacecraft level (Centre Spatial de Liège - Belgium) and the Instrument In-flight Calibration (ESA - ESOC - Darmstadt, Germany).

Since October 2009 I have been working on SENTINEL3 (GMES - ESA Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) Focal Plane Assembly as Assembly Integration and Verification (AIV) Manager. Particularly I have been responsible for the qualification of the glueing process for a ceramic-steel interface (lap shear test preparation).

Previously I have been part of the AIV team of LISA Pathfinder Technology Package (a dedicated technology demonstrator for the joint ESA/NASA Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) mission. In the frame of this activity I performed thermal analysis of the test mass caging mechanism by the means of the ESATAN program. 

At the end of 2011 I had the great opportunity to join the Cosmo group for collaborating to the design and the development of passive components for the low frequency instrument onboard the Large Scale Polarization Explorer experiment.