# Giovanni Amelino-Camelia

**Giovanni Amelino-Camelia** (born 14 December 1965, Naples) is an Italian physicist of the University of Naples Federico II who works on quantum gravity.

He is the first proposer of doubly special relativity^{[1]} that is the idea of introducing the Planck length in physics as an observer-independent quantity, obtaining a relativistic theory (like Galileian relativity and Einstein's special relativity). The principles of doubly special relativity probably imply the loss of the notion of classical (Riemannian) spacetime; this led Amelino-Camelia to the study of non-commutative geometry as a feasible theory of quantum spacetime.
Amelino-Camelia is the initiator of "quantum-gravity phenomenology", for being the first^{[2]} to show that with some experiments under reach of current technology sensitivity to Planck-scale effects is feasible (see Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope).

## References[edit]

**^**Amelino-Camelia: "Relativity in space-times with short-distance structure governed by an observer-independent (Planckian) length scale",*Int. J. Mod. Phys. D*,**11**: 35–60, 2002, arXiv:gr-qc/0012051, Bibcode:2002IJMPD..11...35A, doi:10.1142/S0218271802001330**^**Amelino-Camelia et al.: "Potential Sensitivity of Gamma-Ray Burster Observations to Wave Dispersion in Vacuo",*Nature*,**393**(6687): 763–765, 1998, arXiv:astro-ph/9712103, Bibcode:1998Natur.393..763A, doi:10.1038/31647

## External links[edit]

- Homepage at the INFN of Rome, ITALY
- Works published at arXiv.org
- "Are we at the dawn of quantum-gravity phenomenology?" (1999, Slides)
- Small interview at "Essential Science Indicators" (2003, with photo)
- "Quantum Gravity Phenomenology" Living Reviews in Relativity (2008)

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