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Very little magnetism in this odd couple

Nov 27, 2014

Very little magnetism in this odd couple The new observations of IGR J17544-2619 obtained by the NASA satellite NuSTAR have shed light onto some of the most obscure properties and behaviours of SFXTs. The unprecedented accuracy of these measurements has allowed the team led by Varun Bhalerao at the Inter University Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics (India), with the participation of INAF researchers Patrizia Romano and Lorenzo Natalucci, to see a cyclotron line in the X-ray spectrum of this source, the unambiguous signature of the interaction between the stellar matter and the magnetic field of the compact object that is attracting it.

4th "Paolo Farinella" Prize 2014

Apr 03, 2014

4th "Paolo Farinella" Prize 2014 To honor the memory and the outstanding figure of Paolo Farinella (1953–2000), an extraordinary scientist and person, a prize has been established in recognition of significant contributions given in the fields of interest of Paolo, which span from planetary sciences to space geodesy, fundamental physics, science popularization, security in space, weapons control and disarmament.

First COSPAR Symposium - Abstract submission deadline extended

Jun 07, 2013

First COSPAR Symposium - Abstract submission deadline extended The First COSPAR Symposium will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, 11-15 November 2013. Abstract deadline has been extended to 30 June 2013.

20 vacancies for SKA

Jun 07, 2013

20 vacancies for SKA The SKA office is advertising a number of vacancies

Very little magnetism in this odd couple

Nov 27, 2014

Very little magnetism in this odd couple The new observations of IGR J17544-2619 obtained by the NASA satellite NuSTAR have shed light onto some of the most obscure properties and behaviours of SFXTs. The unprecedented accuracy of these measurements has allowed the team led by Varun Bhalerao at the Inter University Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics (India), with the participation of INAF researchers Patrizia Romano and Lorenzo Natalucci, to see a cyclotron line in the X-ray spectrum of this source, the unambiguous signature of the interaction between the stellar matter and the magnetic field of the compact object that is attracting it.

4th "Paolo Farinella" Prize 2014

Apr 03, 2014

4th "Paolo Farinella" Prize 2014 To honor the memory and the outstanding figure of Paolo Farinella (1953–2000), an extraordinary scientist and person, a prize has been established in recognition of significant contributions given in the fields of interest of Paolo, which span from planetary sciences to space geodesy, fundamental physics, science popularization, security in space, weapons control and disarmament.

First COSPAR Symposium - Abstract submission deadline extended

Jun 07, 2013

First COSPAR Symposium - Abstract submission deadline extended The First COSPAR Symposium will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, 11-15 November 2013. Abstract deadline has been extended to 30 June 2013.

The third issue of the Paolo Farinella Prize

Apr 24, 2013

The third issue of the Paolo Farinella Prize The third issue of the Paolo Farinella Prize is devoted to planetary science and specifically for studies on the collisional processes in the Solar System, which was one of the major research interest in Paolo’s career. The award ceremony will be hosted by the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) meeting in London, UK (8th to 13th of September 2013)."

presidente

gfbObjective data tell us that Italian astrophysicists are among the best in the world. For this reason, I am proud to have been asked to serve and represent them as the INAF president. Fundamental research, and in particular astrophysics, create the cultural and technological spin-offs which the country needs today.

INAF is a tremendous organisation that inherits a great tradition but is forward looking at the same time. INAF's soul is its people, men and women, that do, and make possible, astronomy and astrophysics from the ground and from space, with theory, observations and technology, that have ideas and a drive to work. People that should be proud to belong to a single team, that, with its diverse origins and traditions has vision and but one aspiration: to observe and understand the sky with the best possible instruments.

I have been an astrophysicist all my life, around the world (USA, Europe, France) and in Italy, where I have spent the same amount of time (about 20 years) as an employee of a research institute (CNR) and as a university professor. My scientific experience, for what it is worth, is divided between observations from space and the ground, instrumentation and theory. In Europe I learned vision and optimism. The second is easy, partly innate, the first is acquired and allows one to be without bounds. For the INAF of the future, at such a difficult time, we must all have clear vision.

What will tomorrow's INAF be like? I don't know, because the future will be built by all of INAF, by those who are within it, are entering or hoping to enter it, from Observatories, institutes and universities. Together with the new CdA, I will roll up my sleeves to stand for INAF and make it as great (and even greater) as we can, and above all, respected both in Italy and Europe.

 

Below, the latest news on the president:


First COSPAR Symposium - Abstract submission deadline extended

Jun 07, 2013

First COSPAR Symposium - Abstract submission deadline extended The First COSPAR Symposium will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, 11-15 November 2013. Abstract deadline has been extended to 30 June 2013.

Bignami honored for his latest book

May 29, 2012

Bignami honored for his latest book Giovanni Bignami, INAF's president, has recently received the "Enrico Fermi - Cecina" award for popular science with "Cosa ci resta da scoprire" (Mondadori), his latest book. The book is a journey through what is still left to discover in science, and through the innovations which could happen by 2062. The other finalist was Pietro Greco, scientific journalist and co-director of Scienzainrete, author of "I nipoti di Galileo" (Baldini&Castoldi)

Radioastronomy at the speed of light

May 28, 2012

Radioastronomy at the speed of light INAF’s radiotelescope at Noto, near Siracusa, plays a crucial role in European radioastronomy with its 32-meter dish, being one of the most southerly antennas in the European region. Since May 15, it is part of the international e-VLBI network. The VLBI (Very Long Baseline Interferometry).

Dual Site for SKA

May 28, 2012

Dual Site for SKA The Members of the SKA Organisation agreed on a dual site solution for the Square Kilometre Array telescope, a crucial step towards building the world’s largest and most sensitive radio telescope. The ASKAP and MeerKAT precursor dishes will be incorporated into Phase I of the SKA which will deliver more science and will maximise on investments already made by both Australia and South Africa

The up-to-date list of open positions and job opportunities is available on the Italian website.

Very little magnetism in this odd couple

Nov 27, 2014

Very little magnetism in this odd couple The new observations of IGR J17544-2619 obtained by the NASA satellite NuSTAR have shed light onto some of the most obscure properties and behaviours of SFXTs. The unprecedented accuracy of these measurements has allowed the team led by Varun Bhalerao at the Inter University Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics (India), with the participation of INAF researchers Patrizia Romano and Lorenzo Natalucci, to see a cyclotron line in the X-ray spectrum of this source, the unambiguous signature of the interaction between the stellar matter and the magnetic field of the compact object that is attracting it.

4th "Paolo Farinella" Prize 2014

Apr 03, 2014

4th "Paolo Farinella" Prize 2014 To honor the memory and the outstanding figure of Paolo Farinella (1953–2000), an extraordinary scientist and person, a prize has been established in recognition of significant contributions given in the fields of interest of Paolo, which span from planetary sciences to space geodesy, fundamental physics, science popularization, security in space, weapons control and disarmament.

First COSPAR Symposium - Abstract submission deadline extended

Jun 07, 2013

First COSPAR Symposium - Abstract submission deadline extended The First COSPAR Symposium will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, 11-15 November 2013. Abstract deadline has been extended to 30 June 2013.

20 vacancies for SKA

Jun 07, 2013

20 vacancies for SKA The SKA office is advertising a number of vacancies