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Professore Associato





Born: April 30, 1961
Present position (2014): Associate Professor at the Dept. of Physics, University of Padova (1992).
1998: Visiting professor, Planetary Science Institute, Tucson (USA),
planetary accretion and collisional evolution of asteroids.
1992-: Researcher at the Dept. of Physics, University of Padova.
1991: Postdoctoral fellow, Dept. of Physics, University of Padova (Italy), optimization of flight times in space missions.
1990: Postdoctoral ESA fellow, Planetary Science Institute, Tucson (USA),
computer models for planetary formation.
1989: Ph.D. in Physics, University of Padova, Dept.of Physics.
Thesis title: ``Dynamics of planet-crossing asteroids''
1985: Laurea degree in physics(110/110 L), University of Padova, Italy.
-Origin and evolution of planetary systems: planetary migration by tidal interaction with a circumstellar disk, planet-planet scattering, planetesimal accumulation
-Circumstellar disks: hydrodynamical modeling of disk with SPH and grid codes in particular around binary star systems. Influence of the disk eccentricity on planetesdimal accumulation.
-Formation and evolution of debris disks: effects of planetary perturbations and ISM flux on the disk morphology for both collision and transport dominated disks.
-Origin and dynamics of Trojan asteroids: mathematical tools for the stability analysis applied to Trojan populations around different planets. Capture models based on the mass growth of the planets and resonant evolution of planet pairs.
-YORP and non-gravitational forces: modeling the rotational dynamics of NEOs and small Main Belt asteroids under the effects of YORP and collisions. Dynamics of minor bodies under the effects of non-gravitational forces like gas drag, Poyinting-Robertson e Yarkovsky.
Team member of CASSINI--HUYGENS, CHEOPS and PLATO missions and co-investigator of ROSETTA, BEPI-COLOMBO and JUICE missions (ESA).

Frequent peer reviewer for international journals like A&A, ApJ, AJ, MNRAS, Nature, Science, and member of panels for grant awarding (DFG, NASA).

Author of more than 270 papers on international journals and chapters in review and text books.

Active collaborations with the Observatoire de Paris (France), the Planetary Science Institute (Tucson, USA), The University of Colorado at Boulder (CO, USA) and the LANL (Los Alamos National Laboratories, NW, USA).


Office hours

  • Thursday from 9:00 to 12:30
    at DIpartimento di FIsica e Astronomia, Stanza 316

  • Monday from 9:00 to 12:30
    at DIpartimento di FIsica e Astronomia, Stanza 316


The full list of refereed papers is available through the SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS) at the following link:

Research Area

-- Origin and dyanmics of planetary systems: planetary migration due to tidal interaction with the nesting proto-stellar dusk, planet-planet scattering and tidal circularization of orbits. Formation of planets by planetesimal accumulation.

-- Proto-planetary disk evolution: hydrodynamical models of disk evolution with different state equations, interaction between dust, planetesimals and the disk gas. Focus on binary star systems.

-- Involvement in space mission devoted to exoplanet search and characterization (CHEOPS and PLATO). Member of the scientific team of the GAPS project (Global Architecture of Planetary Systems), INAF project with internationsl collaborations.

-- Formation and evolution of debris disks: effect of planets on the morphology of debris disks.

-- Dynamics of Trojan asteroids: analytical and numerical tools to explore the stability of Trojan asteroids. Capture models based on planet migration of mass growth.

-- YORP effect and non-gravitational forces: development of models simulating the evolution of the asteroid spin due to the combined effects of YORP and mutual collisions. Contribution of other Non-grav forces like Poyinting-Robertson e Yarkovsky.

-- Involvement in space missions devoted to the solar system exploration like ROSETTA, BepiColombo and JUICE:

Thesis proposals

Planetary migration by interaction with a circumstellar disk

Physical properties of accretion disks

Planetary dynamics

Evolution of minor bodies in the solar system.