Adamantia Paizis
Born in Milan, Italy, 1972
Nationality: Italian/Greek
Languages: Italian, Greek, English, French
    EDUCATION
  • Ph.D in Astrophysics(INTEGRAL Science Data Centre and University of Geneva, Switzerland, 2004)
  • International Certificate of Astronomy and Astrophysics (University of Geneva, Switzerland, 2002)
  • Laurea in Physics (equivalent Master's degree): 110/110 Cum Laude (University of Milan, Italy, 1999)
    EMPLOYMENT HISTORY
  • Permanent position as scientific researcher at Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica(INAF,IASF-Milano, 2010 - current)
  • Time-limited contract as scientific researcher ("Articolo 23") at INAF, IASF Milano (2005 - 2010)
  • Fellowship "Italian participation at the INTEGRAL Science Data Centre". Assigned to ISDC, Geneva (1999 - 2005)


RESEARCH ACTIVITY
My research focuses on X-ray and Gamma-ray emission from accreting compact objects, mainly X-ray binaries.
My main projects concern:
  • investigation of a unified scenario of the high energy emission processes, with particular focus on weakly magnetised NS LMXBs[e.g. 1], including the development of a new Comptonisation model[2] and its application to private and archival high energy data[e.g. 3]
  • study of the accretion mechanism in the HMXBs known as supergiant fast X-ray transients (SFXTs, e.g. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
  • multi-wavelength campaigns to unveil the nature of newly discovered INTEGRAL sources, mainly using Chandra (as PI), but also other available X-ray, radio, optical and infrared facilities [11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16]
  • development and maintenance of an INTEGRAL archive - GOLIA - at INAF-IASF Milano [17].
  • TeV Spectra of Galactic sources: catalogue and simulations [18]
    FORMATION AND OUTREACH ACTIVITIES
  • Memember of the Italian Regional Committee in theOlimpiads of Astronomy, years 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Co-responsible of the joint INAF-Natural History Museum of Milan exhibition Lontano, lontano nel Tempo, within the "Light in Astronomy 2015" event.
  • Coadvisor for a 'Laurea Triennale' thesis in Physics of G. Buono (Study of Galactic TeV sources and selection of candidates for ASTRI and CTA;
    University of Pavia, Defense: February 2017)
  • Advisor for a Laurea thesis in Physics of L. Mainardi (Study of the high energy emission from neutron star LMXBs with INTEGRAL;
    University of Milano, Defense: April 2009)
  • Coadvisor for a Laurea thesis in Physics of L. Ducci (Study of accreting Galactic binary systems using the Gamma Ray satellite INTEGRAL;
    University of Milano, Defense: October 2007)
  • Organizer of scientific seminars involving all IASF-INAF Milano personnel(Astro-Siesta)
    PEER REVIEW
  • Referee for ApJ, A&A, PASJ and MNRAS
  • Chandra TAC member
  • Member of the committee for the "High energy observations of stellar mass compact objects" fellowship (INAF - IASF Milano, 2010)
  • Member of the Science Organizing Committee (SOC) for the 2015 Compact Object National Conference (CNOC IX, Rome)
    ACCEPTED OBSERVATIONAL PROPOSALS AS PI
  • INTEGRAL (AO: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14): broad band spectral study of persistent and transient Neutron Star LMXBs
  • Chandra (AO: 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18): investigating new INTEGRAL sources with Chandra
  • RXTE (AO: 8, 9): joint RXTE/INTEGRAL observations of persistent LMXBs
    FELLOWSHIPS / FUNDING OBTAINED AS PI
  • Winner of the postdoctoral fellowship of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) for a collaboration with
    Professor K. Ebisawa at the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science(ISAS, Japan). Period: March-April 2008.
  • "Study of LMXBs", financial support from local funding (INAF-IASF Milano, 2006)
  • Fellowship "Italian participation at the INTEGRAL Science Data Centre", ISDC, Geneva (1999 - 2005)
    CONTRIBUTION TO INTERNATIONAL HIGH ENERGY MISSIONS
  • INTEGRAL
    • Member of theIBAS team (Milano, 2005 - 2011) to detect and locate in real time Gamma Rays Bursts
    • Scientist on duty (Geneva, 2002 - 2005)
    • Member of the IBIS/ISGRI data analysis validation and testing team (Geneva, 2002 - 2005)
    • Co-writer of the IBIS/ISGRI Data Analysis Cookbook, released to the scientific community
    • INTEGRAL/IBIS data analysis lecturer at the "INTEGRAL Data Analysis Workshop", October 2005, ISDC, Geneva
    • INTEGRAL/IBIS data analysis lecturer at the "INTEGRAL Data Analysis Workshop", November 2005, NASA/GSFC, Greenbelt, Md
    • Responsible of the Observation Simulator (OSIM) integration, testing and documentation (2000-2002)
    • OSIM hands-on session coordinator at the "Observing with INTEGRAL" school, March 2000, Switzerland.
  • Simbol-X: member of the working group for the Ground Segment definition (Milano, 2008-2009)
    EXTRA WORK ACTIVITIES
  • Lots of neurons ago: ♖ ♘ ♗ ♕ agonistic level Chess player. Participation to the Junior World Cup (1984, Buenos Aires) and to the World Youth Championship (1988, Timisoara) as Italian representative. Female Italian champion (1988, Aosta) and participation to 3 chess Olympiads:
    1986 Dubai, 1988 Thessaloniki, 1990 Novi Sad.
  • Reading, creative writing, piano (sort of) playing, going to the movies & theatrical plays, and well, whatever makes the journey worthwhile ...




Last update: March 2017