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CV Lattes link (my professional CV):

CV Lattes ID: 1448223845901360

My full name is Carlos Alexandre Wuensche de Souza, I was born in Rio de Janeiro and have lived in São José dos Campos since 1985, after my graduation in Physics, at the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), in 1984. I'm married to Tô Mendes and have 2 wonderful daughters , Luiza and Helena, my three reasons to enjoy life.

My MSc was taken in Astrogeophysics (1988), in High Energy Astrophysics, under the supervision of Dr. Udaya Baskharam Jayanthi. The title of my dissertation is  "Observations of SN 1987A in X- and gamma rays" (Observações da SN 1987A na faixa de raios X e gama).

My PhD programa was in Experimental Cosmology (1995), studying the Cosmic Microwave Background anisotropies, under the supervision of Dr. Thyrso Villela, while in Brazil. The title of my thesis is "Contributions to the study of the Cosmic Microwave Background" (Contribuições ao estudo da Radiação Cósmica de Fundo).

I worked at University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) from 1991 to 1994, and during the Polar Summer 1994, at the Amundsen-Scott Polar Station, at the South Pole. Below you can see the caterpillar used to drive us from the main dome to the lab. The picture on the left was taken after 48 hours awake, dismantling the lab to return to the United States. Below one can see the aerial picture of the Amundsen-Scott station.

Presently I am a senior scientist at the Divisão de Astrofísica (Astrophysics Division) at INPE. My group is involved in three main instrumental projects:

  • GEM (Galaxy Emission Mapping) , to map the synchrotron emission from our Galaxy, in a joint collaboration with University of California, Berkeley;

  • COFE (Cosmic Foreground Explorer), to study the CMB polarization and the Galactic foregrounds that disturb CMB polarization measurements, in a cooperation with UCSB;

  • ARCADE (Absolute Radiometer for Cosmology, Astrophysics, and Diffuse Emission), to measure CMB spectrum, in a larger international cooperation.

  • BINGO (BAO in Integrated Neutral Gas Observations) to study the neutral hydrogen emision in the redshift range 0.127 < z < 0.449.

I also have another interests related to CMB phenomena, and lately have put some time into the fascinating field of Astrobiology.

My hobbies and other stuff can be found in the parallel CV.

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