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Igor Moric

PhD in Physics & MASTER in Space System Engineering

Work experience


Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Tsinghua University - Beijing (China)

Data analysis, simulation and instrumentation work on the directional dark matter gas detector MIMAC. Collaboration between THCA, Beijing and LPSC, Grenoble.

University and state fellowship.

Mar 2015SEP 2015

Research Internship at APC (AstroParticule et Cosmologie) as part of the Engineering Master

Université Denis Diderot (Paris VII) - Paris (France)

Characterization of Kinetic Inductance Detectors suitable for polarization measurements in cosmology at 150 GHz. Measurements using a test bench connected to a VNA. Designed the photometric system (Zemax, CATIA) to test the detector response and participated in the cryogenic system operation.

Oct 2010Jul 2014

Research assistant on the space atomic clock PHARAO (ESA - ACES mission)

Centre National d'Études Spatiales (CNES) - Paris/Toulouse (France)

Participated in the first PHARAO FM operation experiments and analysis. Developed a new magnetic hysteresis prediction model based on the performed magnetic measurements. Designed, performed simulations, implemented and experimentally verified an active magnetic compensation system (400% improved performance over the previous system) based on that model. Evaluated and optimized the PHARAO atomic clock flight and engineering model subsystems. Determined accuracy (evaluated effects such as second order Zeeman, black body and cold collision) and stability (detection system noise, detection laser noise…) of the clock. Performed Monte Carlo simulations of the atomic cloud thermal evolution (C). Performed thermal experiments on the PHARAO flight model using a VNA to verify the thermal regulation system. 

Mar 2009Jun 2009

Visiting Scientist

Caltech - Pasadena (USA)

Project based on the study of the FIR/Radio correlation in the NVSS-FIRST-SDSS and NVSS-FIRST-SDSS-IRAS samples of galaxies (using IDL). Observation experience at the CARMA telescope facility.

Jun 2008Aug 2008

Internship/Summer school

CERN - Geneva (Switzerland)

Harvard University ATRAP (anti-hydrogen trap) project. Worked on various small engineering projects such as supplying helium to the ATRAP device and making ground loop detectors. Attended CERN Particle physics Summer School with a fellowship of the Croatian Ministry of science, education and sports.


Master of Physics thesis

Laboratori Nazionale di Legnaro (LNL)/Rudjer Boskovic Institute Zagreb - Legnaro (Italy), Zagreb (Croatia)

Studied the structure of argon by analyzing the product of heavy ion scattering in the nucleon transfer reactions 40Ar + 208Pb and 90Zr + 208Pb. Helped calibrate the CLARA gamma detector, analyzed experimental nuclear data, and used the data in combination with nuclear models to investigate and analyze the structure of argon.

High altitude balloon project lead - 2 balloons launched. Physics lab for chemistry students teaching assistant .

Member of "Fizika Ekspress" - project aimed to popularize physics in high schools and elementary schools by demonstrating basic physical principles using simple experiments.


Sep 2014Sep 2015

Advanced Master in Space System Engineering 

ISAE-SUPAERO - Toulouse (France)

Professional course of study aimed to develop a high competence in space science, space systems engineering and space project management. Team project: Satellite conception for in orbit servicing.

Fellowship by the Région Midi-Pyrénées.

Courses: Advanced control, Design of satellites, Design of launchers, Space environment, Orbital mechanics, Space communication, Satellite engineering, System engineering and other.

Sep 2003Sep 2009

Master of Experimental Physics (4.6 of 5.0)

University of Zagreb (Croatia), University of Science

Master thesis: "Influence of the neutron number on the structure of argon isotopes populated in multinucleon transfer reactions" (LNL - Laboratori Nazionale di Legnaro and Rudjer Boskovic Institute Zagreb).

Stipend for excellence from the Croatian Ministry of science, education and sports.

Courses: Astrophysics, Particle physics, Nuclear physics, Quantum physics, Mathematical analysis, Solid state physics, different laboratories and other.


  • Invited speaker at the 2013 Joint UFFC, EFTF, and PFM Symposium. Abstract Title: “Status of the flight model of the cold atoms space clock PHARAO”, Prague - Czech Republic, 2013
  • ESA/CNES: "From quantum to cosmos", Nice – France, 2013
  • ESA ACES workgroup meetings at Paris (presentation) and Nice - France, 2013
  • CNES Journées Jeunes Chercheurs (presentation and poster), Toulouse – France, 2012
  • Novicosmo Astrophysics conference, SISSA fellowship, Rabac – Croatia, 2009


  • Morić, I. et al., 2014, “Magnetic shielding of the cold atom space clock PHARAO”, Acta Astronautica 01/2014; 102:287–294
  • Morić, I. et al., 2014, “Hysteresis prediction inside magnetic shields and application”, Rev Sci Instrum. 2014 Jul, doi: 10.1063/1.4890561
  • Morić, I.; Smolčić, V.; Kimball, A.; Riechers, D. A.; Ivezić, Ž.; Scoville, N. "A closer view of the radio-FIR correlation: disentangling the contributions of star formation and AGN activity”, N. 2010, ApJ, 724, 779
  • Laurent, P.; Abgrall, M.; Morić, I. et al., 2014, “PHARAO: The first primary frequency standard using cold atoms for space applications”, Revue française de métrologie, n° 34, Vol. 2014-2
  • Morić, I. ; Laurent P, 2013, “Status of the flight model of the cold atoms space clock PHARAO”, Conference: European Frequency and Time Forum & International Frequency Control Symposium (EFTF/IFC), 2013 Joint
  • Smolčić V., et al. "The Redshift and Nature of AzTEC/COSMOS 1: A Starburst Galaxy at z = 4.6", 2011, ApJ, 731, L27
  • Laurent, P., et al. “Cold Atoms Space Clock PHARAO: Validation and Flight Model Assembly”, 39th COSPAR Scientific Assembly. Held 14-22 July 2012, in Mysore, India. Abstract E1.14-13-12, p.1042
  • Esnault, F.-X., et al. “PHARAO flight model: Integration and "on ground" performances tests”, Frequency Control Symposium (FCS), 2014 IEEE International
  • Tartari, A., et al. "LEKIDs as mm-Wave Polarisation Analysers: Fabrication, Test Bench and Early Results", Dec 2015 · Journal of Low Temperature Physics

IT skills

OriginPro, Microsoft tools, LaTex, CVI/LabWindows (C), Python (DataCamp: Intermediate Python for Data Science certificate, Udemy: Learning Python for Data Analysis and Visualization certificate), IDL, Zemax, ROOT


Croatian (native), English (fluent 111/120 TOEFL), French (intermediate), Chinese (basic), German (basic)