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Mauro D'Onofrio (MD) is born in Venice (Italy) on August 28, 1961. He took his laurea degree in Astronomy at the University of Padova on June 1987 with a thesis entitled: `Study of the nova stellar system in M31''. Later on he got the title of Magister Philosophie a thet International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste on 1989 with a thesis entitled: ``Properties of spiral galaxies: a study of the Virgo Cluster''. The PhD title was obtained in 1991 in the same School with a thesis entitled: ``Studies of stellar components in spiral galaxies''.

MD is associate professor at the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the Padova University. Since 2017 he has the qualification of full professor.

MD was invited speaker at several international meetings. In his carrier he published more than 120 refereed papers on international astronomical journals. He is also author of several books with the Springer editor.

He was professor of Didactic Astronomy and Fundamental Astronomy at the SISS school from 1999 to 2009. He is professor at the Department of Physics and Astronomy of Padova for the laurea degree in Astronomy since 1992. At present he is professor of Applied Optics for the LT and Interferometry and Astrophysics for the LM.

MD is well known in the astronomical community for his works on the non homology of early-type galaxies. He also worked with success on the extra-galactic novae, on Globular Clusters, on the Cepheid stars and on the interferometry of the cataclysmic variables.

He got a large experience on direct imaging (optical and infrared) and on spectroscopy and interferometry with many big telescopes: 1.22m and 1.82m in Asiago, TNG, TIRGO, 1.0m, 1.5m 2.2m, 3.6m at La Silla, the VST and VLTI in Paranal (Chile). He also used the telescopes in La Palma (Spain). MD is an expert in the calibration and setup of astronomical instruments, in the data reduction and data analysis.

MD is Associate Editors for the Frontiers in Astronomy and Space Science journal. He also work as referee for many astronomical journals (ApJ, AJ, MNRAS, A&A, etc.).


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  • Monday from 9:00 to 10:00
    at Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Vicolo Osservatorio 3 PADOVA


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Research Area

Mauro D'Onofrio has a large experience as observational astronomer, either in direct imaging (in the optical and infrared band) than in spectroscopy and interferometry. MD worked with the largest world telescopes, such as VLT (ESO-Paranal), WHT (La Palma).
He aslo worked with the Asiago telescopes (1.22m and 1.82m), with TNG, TORGO and the small ESO telescopes (1.0m, 1.54m, 2.2m).
Recently he worked with VST (ESO-Paranal) for the GTO program "The u-band extension of the WINGS survey".

MD is an expert of instrument calibration and data reduction, as well as in the data interpretation. He knows several software, such as MIDAS, IRAF, IDL, SM and Fortran.

His research activity was mainly on the following items:

- Extragalactic Novae, SNe and GCs;
- Morphology and structure of Spiral galaxies;
- Structure and kinematics of Elliptical and S0 galaxies;
- Double and interacting galaxies;
- Galaxies in clusters at intermediate and high redshift;
- Seyfert galaxies and Quasars;
- Quantum astronomy;
- VLTI optical interferometry.

The research activity on Early-Type galaxies is his primary interest and for that for which he is known in the astronomical community. Since 2004 he collaborates to the WINGS survey (WideField Images of Nearby Galaxy Clusters Survey, that is providing a complete characterisation of the nearby clusters.

Thesis proposals

There are several laurea and PhD theses that can be proposed within the WINGS and OMEGA-WINGS projects at the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the Padua University. These projects involve several researchers all around the world (e.g. in Spain, in the USA and in Australia).

The WINGS/OMEGA-WINGS projects want to characterise the properties of the galaxies in the nearby clusters (Z<0.07).
The theses that we propose are based on the large database of imaging and spectra taken with the ESO and La Palma telescopes,
as well as with the Anglo-Australian telescopes. With the new photometric data in the uBV bands and the coupled spectra the student might address the problems related to the star formation history of galaxies, the metal enrichment, the galaxy morphology, structure and environment.

A second thesis project concern the numerical simulation of galaxies. We can reproduce the galaxy structure, morphology and stellar content with various degree of precision. In particular we are interested in the analysis of the star formation history and its fine-tuning with the dynamical properties of galaxies.