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     Date Submitted:18-06-2012
     Last Modified:04-09-2012 (08:17)
    Job information
     Current job:Post Doc Researcher
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, ,
     Keywordstelecommunication, payload, optical link design


    Born on                      12/10/1977

    Marital Status            Married with two children


    2002-2005           Ph.D. Telecommunication Engineering and Microelectronics  at the University of Rome `Tor Vergata'. Thesis title: `Optical Communication Systems in Networks and Satellite Links'.

    2001 – 2002         M.S. (`Laurea Specialistica') degree cum Laude in Telecommunication Engineering at the University of Rome `Tor Vergata'.

    1996 -2001          Bachelor `Laurea' degree cum Laude in  Telecommunication Engineering at the University of Rome `Tor Vergata'.

    1991-1996          High School :Liceo Ginnasio `Augusto' in Rome. Final mark 57/60.

    Professional Experience

    2010-present      Fixed-term contract with Ace s.r.l. to develop an optical sensing system based on Fiber Bragg Grating filters. The system aims at monitoring the health of the railway by evaluating the stress and temperature variation during the daytime, considering a train transit as a probe input. The system can measure the speed of trains as well as their weight. These data are used to extract information about traffic and to support train scheduling. Main duties in the project currently concern the installation of sensors on Milan underground, as well as the procurement of hardware and support to software development.

    2008-present      Post-doc at ASI (Italian Space Agency). Research topic: Broadband communication systems based on satellites, stratospheric platforms, and terrestrial networks, telecommunication networks with optical and microwave links. Cost analysis and simulation of architectures and operating scenarios.

    2010                    Consulting contract with `Radiolabs' consortium to carry out a study focused on turbulence and pointing errors in optical links between flying aircrafts.

    2006-2007           Fixed-term research contract with Filas (Lazio regional agency for research and innovation) to develope and install  a fiber-optics-based system for monitoring railway tracks.

    2005-2008           Fixed-term research contract with the Electronic Engineering Department  of the University of Rome `Tor Vergata' to study optical links for space applications (LEO-GEO, LEO-HAP), the use of EDFA in optical intersatellite links, as well as the impact of turbulence in the payload design.

    2004-2005           Fixed-term contract with Telecom Italia Learning Services, for tutoring and supporting internal training courses.

    2003-2004           Fixed-term research contract with CNIT (National Interuniversity Consortium for Telecommunication)  to study MANET networks and Ambient Intelligence.


    English: Full professional proficiency, both written and spoken.

    Italian: Mother Tongue.


     Pascal, Fortran, C, C++, Java;

    O.S.: Windows XP, 98, 2000, NT, Vista, 7;

    Software: MatLab, Simulink, STK,  MS Office.

    Working Skills

    During my experience at University, I had the opportunity to work in international teams. In the same period I developed my natural attitude to creative thinking.

    At the Italian Space Agency I joined the Concurrent Engineering Facility. This let me work in a team of people with diverse expertise, and I learnt how a subsystem must be designed to accomplish also other subsystem issues.

    During the  consulting experiences I developed skills in problem solving.

    Finally, working in a small company developing hardware allowed me to face management and technical issues to reach the goal we aimed at. Often, fast and easy thinking  allowed me to propose some key solutions to reach the target and solve problems.

    Hobbies and Interests

    I love travelling, in particular by trains ( took the Transiberian train); I like music and cinema; I love knitting and cooking.

    Main Research Interests and Publications

    ·        SOA Modeling and simulation of Semiconductor Optical Amplifiers, with experimental trials. I developed an accurate analythical model of field and medium interaction within the active medium of a SOA. By means of that, phase impairments and cross talk due to phase non linearities coming from multiwavelength propagation are measurable [J3, C11, C15, O1]. This is not always possible by using the more common Rate-Equatioin based models [J1, J2, O1]. Prelimiary experimental results, on phase modulation induced by multisignal propagation along SOAs were reported in [C11] and [C15]. I was personally involved in the laboratory experiments.

    ·        Modulation Instability is a nonlinear phenomenon arising under proper propagation condition in dispersive media, like fiber optics. It is possible to exploit this phenomenon to develope a distributed technique to perform signal processing [C4, C18]. Published results come from an analithical approach compared to several laboratory measurements [J4]. I am personally following both the aspects of the work.

    ·        Free Space Optics is an actractive subject to be developed, usefull to solve the last mile problem as well as to carry out efficient intersatellite links or interplanetary communication [C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C6, C7, C8, C9, C12, C13, C14, C16, C17, O1, O2]. Several architectures are still to be studied.

    ·        Fiber Bragg Grating filters offer the possibility to develope passive and non intrusive sensing system, suitable for extended structures. When the number of sensors increases for a proper communication architecture enhances the capability of the sensing system. I am involved in a project with the task of installing sensors along a railway track and developing the processing software.

    International Journals

       J1 S. Betti, C. Bulli, F. Curti, E. Duca, S. Persia, A. Reale, G. M. Tosi Beleffi `Optical clock recovery from 10 Gb/s NRZ signal', Microwave and Optical Technology Letters Vol. 42, No.6, September 2004 pg 435-437 – Wiley

       J2S. Betti, F. Curti, E. Duca, S. Monterosso, A. Reale, G.M. Tosi-Beleffi `Optical clock recovery from 10 Gb/s NRZ signal after propagation on 100 Km of DS, NZD or SR installed fiber', Microwave and Optical Technology Letters Vol. 44, No.3, February 2005 pg.264-266 Wiley

        J3 S. Betti, E. Duca `SOA nonlinearity effects induced on constant envelope signals in WDM systems', IEEE- Journal of Lightwave Technology, Vol.27, Is. 21, Year 2009, pp. 4855--4862, DOI 10.1109/JLT.2009.2029

        J4 S.Betti, E. Duca, M. Giaconi, G. Parca `Modulation Instability and Conservation of Energy: towards a new model', Wiley Microwaves and Optical Technology Letters, Vol. 53, Issue 10, pp. 2411-2414

    International Conferences and Workshops

        C1 S. Betti, V. Carrozzo, E. Duca, A.B. Lopez Zamarreño `Performance analysis of 1550nm optical intersatellite link', European Workshop on Photonic Signal Processing for Defence Applications} in the Frame of NEFERTITI -Network of Excellence on Broadband Fiber Radio Techniques and its Integration Technologies, Rome March 17th 18th 2005

        C2 S. Betti, V. Carrozzo, E. Duca `Optical intersatellite system based on DPSK modulation', IEEE ISWCS 2005 Proceedings pg. 817-821 DOI 10.1109/ ISWCS.2005.1547823

        C3 M. Antonini, S. Betti, V. Carrozzo, E. Duca, M. Ruggieri `Feasibility analysis of a HAP-LEO optical link for data relay purposes', IEEE Aerospace Conference 2006,  DOI 10.1109/AERO.2006.1655897

        C4 B. Flecker, E. Leitgeb, M. Gebhart, S. Sheikh Muhammad, C. Chlestil, E. Duca, V. Carrozzo `Measurement of light attenuation in fog and snow conditions for FSO applications', 15th IST Mobile & Wireless communications Summit.

        C5 M. Antonini, S. Betti, V. Carrozzo, E. Cianca, E. Duca, M. Lucente, M. Ruggieri, T Rossi `RF-optical architecture for GEOSS based on the use of HAPs' ICT 2006 - 13th International Conference on Telecommunications 9-12 May 2006 (Funchal, Madeira island, Portugal)

        C6 S. Betti, V. Carrozzo, E. Duca, F. Teodori `HAP-LEO link communication systems based on optical technology' TIWDC-06 Tyrrhenian International Workshop on Digital Communications - Satellite Navigation and Communications Systems - 6-8 September 2006 - Ponza - Italy

        C7 E. Duca, V. Carrozzo, C. Roseti, `Performance evaluation of a hybrid satellite network based on high-altitude-platforms'  IEEE Aerospace Conference 07, DOI 10.1109/AERO.2007.352816

        C8 S. Betti, V. Carrozzo, E. Duca `Over-stratospheric-altitude optical free space links: system performance evaluation' ICTON 07, Rome 1-5 July 2007, DOI 10.1109/ICTON.2007.4296272

        C9 S. Betti, E. Duca, V. Carrozzo `Use of optical amplifiers in GEO-HAP free space links', IWSSC 07, DOI 10.1109/IWSSC.2007.4409395

        C10 S. Betti, V. Carrozzo, E. Duca, G. Parca `Radio-over-fiber (RoF) techniques for broadband wireless LAN (WLAN)', ICTON 07, Rome 1-5 July 2007 , DOI 10.1109/ICTON.2007.4296288

        C11 E. Duca, S. Di Bartolo, D.M. Forin, S. Betti, A.L.J. Teixeira `Modulation effect induced by continuous waves in semiconductor optical amplifiers', ICTON 2008, Athens 22-26 June, 2008 DOI 10.1109/ICTON.2008.4598427

        C12 S. Betti, E. Duca, I. Toselli `HAP-GEO optical links: system design and performance analysis under weak turbulence conditions', CSNDSP 08, Graz 23-26 July 2008 DOI 10.1109/CSNDSP.2008.4610790

        C13 N. Perlot, E. Duca, J. Horwath, D. Giggenbach, E. Leitgeb `System requirements for optical HAP-satellite links', CSNDSP 08, Graz 23-26 July 2008 DOI 10.1109/CSNDSP.2008.4610724

        C14 E. Leitgeb, M.S. Awan, T. Plank, N. Perlot, C. Capsoni, R. Nebuloni, T. Javornik, G. Kandus, F. Nadeem, P. Brandl, S.S. Muhammad, M. Loschnigg, M.S. Khan, E. Duca, S. Betti, `Investigations on free-space optical links within SatNEx II' EuCAP 2009, 23-27 March 2009.

        C15 E. Duca, S. Di Bartolo, D.M. Forin, S. Betti, A.L.J. Teixeira, `Experimental evaluation of modulation induced by continuous waves in a semiconductor optical amplifier', ICTON 2009, Ponta Delgada 28 June - 2 Jul 2009 DOI 0.1109/ICTON.2009.5185059

        C16 E. Duca, `Background noise limitations on optical intersatellite links for data relay applications' , ICTON 2009, Ponta Delgada 28 June - 2 Jul 2009 DOI 10.1109/ICTON.2009.5184997

        C17 E. Duca, C. Facchinetti, M.L. Cosmo , `Navigation techniques enhancing inter-satellite communication for Earth Observation Missions', IWSSC 09, Siena 10-11 , DOI 10.1109/IWSSC.2009.5286390 Sep. 2009.

        C18 E. Duca, M. Giaconi, G. Parca `Pump depletion measurement under modulation instability conditions' , ICTON 2010, Munich  27 June - 1 July 2010

        C19 C. Del Vecchio Blanco, E. Duca, C. Facchinetti, R.C. Pellegrini, S. Pirrotta, M. Salatti `Unmanned lunar exploration: From scientific needs to a preliminary mission study for the Italian lunar rover' , IAC 2010, Prague,  29 September - 1 October 2010

        C20G. Casonato, E. Duca, R. Fleeter, M.L. Battagliere, F. Covello, M. Porfilio, C.A.M. Fiorentino  `Downloading Data From Moon with a Micro and Nanosatellite Mission: the communication issues of MINAS ITHIL Mission' , Ka Conference 2011, Palermo,  3-5 October  2011

        C21C.A.M. Fiorentino, M.L. Battagliere, G. Casonato, F. Covello, E. Duca, M. Porfilio, F. Piergentili, R. Fleeter  `Introducing Minas Ithil: An Italian Micro and Nano Satellite Mission to the Moon' , IAC 2011, Cape Town,  3-7 October 2011


        O1 E. Duca `Optical communication systems in networks and satellite links' PhD Thesis  -XVIII Cycle - University of Rome Tor Vergata. March 2006.


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