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 Chandra-XMM-NuSTAR data of the cluster A754

Latest News

  • Paper accepted by MNRAS about the optical properties of the famous lensing cluster A1703, confirming a disturbed dynamical state (see astroph)
  • Paper accepted by MNRAS about the scaling relations of XXL clusters between X-ray properties and WL masses: the second paper of the XXL-HSC collaboration (see astroph)
  • Paper submitted to MNRAS (see astroph) about 3 clusters observed by XXL, HSC and MUSTANG-2
  • XMM (187 ks) - Chandra (70 ks) joint proposal awarded in XMM AO19 to observe the merger in the XXLSC 105 (PI Eckert, XXL-HSC-GBT team)

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Contact Info

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Via Bassini 15
I-20133 Milano