Fabio Gastaldello

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Welcome to my home page. I'm an astrophycisist currently working at the INAF-IASF Milan.

I received my PHD in January 2004 at the University of Milan Bicocca. I worked as a post-doc from 2004 to 2007 at the University of California Irvine. I then moved to the University of Bologna in 2007 and to IASF in 2008. I'm since January 2017 Staff Researcher at IASF. I have been working on many X-ray satellites (SAX, Chandra, XMM, Suzaku, NuSTAR), I am involved in the calibration and background characterization of XMM and NuSTAR and I am currently active in the design of Athena.

Composite XMM X-ray/CFTHLS optical image of the Bullet Group

About My Research

I'm an observer interested in the physics of clusters and group of galaxies as inferred mainly by X-ray observations but also from observations at other wavelengths like optical and radio. I work in particular on AGN feedback in cool cores, metal abundances in the intra-cluster and intra-group medium and the characterization of the dynamical state of a system.

Galaxy clusters are also important cosmological tools, provided we are able to measure their masses. This measure can be done in many different ways like for example using their X-ray emission, gravitational lensing or the dynamics of their member galaxies.

Latest Projects

A selection of the latest projects I'm currently working on:

  • Analysis of the Chandra observation of A 1703
  • Analysis of the XMM-NuSTAR data of the cluster A523

Latest News

  • Member of the WG Clusters in the Key Project Survey of LOFAR
  • XMM observations to complete the mosaic of offset observations of NGC 5044 (136 ks C time, PI) and to characterize the environment of a stripped galaxy in a unobserved region of the Sapley supercluster (52 ks C time, PI De Grandi) awarded in AO18
  • Release of the second series of XXL data and papers (see the special A&A number) featuring in various press releases and news (ESA, Media INAF, IASF news)

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Contact Info

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Via Bassini 15
I-20133 Milano