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Physicist at the particle physics division of CEA, Saclay, France
CEA/IRFU/SPP, Bâtiment 141, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette
I have been involved mainly in three fields in astroparticle physics: (i) neutrinoless double beta decay (2004 – today), (ii) direct search for dark matter (2007 – today) and (iii) axion physics (2012 – today). In this activity I had the opportunity to develop several multidisciplinary skills:
• Design, fabrication and operation of low temperature detectors for astroparticle physics
• Thermometry at very low temperatures
• Cryogenics, also at dilution-refrigerator temperatures (<20 mK)
• Analysis and interpretation of background radioactivity spectra
• Measurements of low-level signals at low noise
• Basic neutrino properties
• Cold dark matter candidates
• Axion models and their relevance in astrophysics and cosmology
I'm involved in the following projects :
2011 - Today Researcher at the Particle Physics Division (IRFU/SPP) at CEA Saclay, France
2010 Marie-Curie researcher (Intra European Fellowship – FP7) at the Centre de Sciences Nucléaires et de Sciences de la Matière (CSNSM/CNRS), Orsay, France
2008 – 2009 Post-doctoral researcher at the Physics and Mathematics Department of the Insubria University, Como, Italy (supervisors: A. Giuliani – V. Gorini)
2007 Joint PhD in Physics (Mention tres honorable) Physics Department G. Occhialini – University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy (supervisor: Prof. Ettore Fiorini) and University of Paris XI, France (supervisor: DR-CNRS Louis Dumoulin)
PhD thesis title: Identification of surface events in bolometers for the search for rare events in the CUORE and EDELWEISS experiments
PhD thesis URL: http://brain.dipscfm.uninsubria.it/deposito/NONES_phd_thesis.pdf
2004 Master in Physics (Mark: 110/110 cum laude)
Physics Department, University of Milan, Italy
Master thesis title: Development of innovative bolometers for neutrino physics with an active background discrimination (supervisor: Prof. M. Meroni)
The publication records can be found for example in IN SPIRE: http://inspirehep.net/author/profile/C.Nones.1
Talks at conferences
- “Axion searches with the EDELWEISS Ge bolometers ”, The 9th Patras Workshop on Axions, WIMPs and WISPs - Mainz, Germany – 24-28 June 2013.
- " The bolometric way towards the direct dark matter detection: the EDELWEISS-3 setup and the EURECA project", 4th International Conference Current Problems in Nuclear Physics and Atomic Energy - Kyiv, Ukraine - 3-7 September 2012.
- "Le neutrino : histoire et perspectives, science et défis technologiques", DRTBT2012 : 7ème école thématique: Perspectives nouvelles des détecteurs cryogénique, 21-25 May 2012, La Londe les Maures, France.
- “LUCIFER, a background-free approach to 0nbb”, NOW2010, 04-11 September 2010, Otranto, Italy.
- “Direct search for Dark Matter with the EDELWEISS-II experiment: status and results”, TeVPa-2010, 19-23 July 2010, Paris, France.
- “From Cuoricino to CUORE: the bolometric path to the inverted hierarchy region of the neutrino mass”, 11th ICATPP Conference, 5-9 October 2009 Como, Italy.
- “Détection des évènements rares”, DRTBT09 : 6ième école thématique: Perspectives des détecteurs cryogénique, 10-15 May 2009, Frejus, France.
- “Status of Cuoricino and CUORE”, IDEA Meeting (in the context of ILIAS), 1-3 December 2008, Geel, Belgium.
- “Surface radioactivity, a common problem in bolometric Dark Matter and Doble Beta Decay searches: a joint solution” IDM2008, 18-22 August 2008, Stockholm, Sweden.
- “Study of surface radioactivity with film-equipped bolometers: status and prospects”, IDEA Meeting (in the context of ILIAS), 28-29 April 2008, Heidelberg, Germany.
- “Surface sensitive TeO2 detectors”, 5th ILIAS Annual Meeting, 19-21 February 2008, Jaca, Spain.
- “Surface event tagging with NbSi film equipped TeO2 bolometer”, EDELWEISS Collaboration Meeting, 6 December 2007, Paris, France.
- “Surface event tagging with NbSi films”, IDEA Meeting (in the context of ILIAS), 19-20 November 2007, Paris, France.
- “Methods to identify and eliminate surface background events in bolometric detectors for very rare events search”, TAUP2007, 11-15 September 2007, Tokyo, Japan.
- “From Cuoricino to CUORE towards the inverted hierarchy region”, 13th Lomonosov Conference on Elementary Particle Physics, 23-29 August 2007, Moscow, Russia.
- “A "must" for a double beta decay experiment: the reduction of the background”, CIPANP2006, 30 May-3 June 2006, Portorico.
- “An update of Cuoricino results: are we now able to confirm the Heidelberg Moscow claim of evidence?”, DoubleBetaDecay06, 28-29 April 2006, Valencia, Spain.
- “Status of Cuoricino and prospects for CUORE”, VIDMAN Students Workshop, 1-2 December 2005, Hamburg, Germany.
- “Development of new bolometers for rare events with background active discrimination”, seminar given at the "International School of Nuclear Physics" - 27th course - Neutrinos in Cosmology, in Astro, Particle and Nuclear Physics, Ettore Majorana Center for Scientific Culture, Erice, Sicilia, Italy, 16-24 September 2005.
- “A new method for background rejection with surface sensitive bolometers”, 11th International Workshop on Low Temperature Detectors (LTD-11), Tokyo, Japan, 31 July - 5 August 2005.
- “La ricerca del Doppio Decadimento Beta con CUORE: la riduzione del fondo”, XC Congresso Nazionale della Società Italiana di Fisica, 23 September 2004, Brescia, Italy.
 ILIAS (Integrated Large Infrastructures for Astroparticle Science) is an I3 project, funded in FP6, coordinating the infrastructures for Astroparticle Physics, in particular the underground laboratories used for rare event searches.
 “The search for Double Beta Decay with CUORE: the reduction of the background”
Posters at conferences
- “CUORE and the inverted hierarchy region: the reduction of the surface background” presented at NDM06, 3-9 September 2006, Paris, France.
- “New TeO2 NbSi Detectors for Rare Event Search” presented at 12th International Workshop on Low Temperature Detectors - LTD12, 22-27 July 2007, Paris, France.
- "Superconducting Aluminum layers as pulse shape modifiers: an innovative solution to fight against surface background in neutrinoless Double Beta Deacy experiments", LTD14 - Heidelberg University - August 1-5, 2011.
- "EDELWEISS detectors: from R&D to Dark Matter search", 12th International Conference on Topics in Astroparticle and Underground Physics - 5,9 September 2011, Munich, Germany.
- “HARD, The EDELWEISS approach to the low-mass WIMPs”, WOLTE10 - 10th International Workshop On Low Temperatures Electronics - October 14-17, 2013 Paris, France.
2013 Co-responsible for the Laboratory for muon lifetime measurement, NPAC Master 2, Paris Sud University, France
2010 Qualification as Maître de Conférence
2006 Co-responsible of the light speed measurement laboratory in the framework of a joint action between Insubria University, Como, Italy and high schools – 15 hours
2005 – 2006 Teaching assistant, Laboratory of General Physics, Physics and Mathematics Department, Insubria University, Como, Italy – 66 hours
2005 – 2006 Teaching assistant, Introduction to General Physics, Chemistry Department, Insubria University, Italy – 30 hours
2005 – 2006 Teaching assistant, Nuclear and Particle Detectors, Physics and Mathematics Department, Catholic University of Brescia, Italy – 10 hours