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+39 049 8278259


Antonino Paolo Milone (Milazzo, 8 Marzo 1981)
Tel: +39 049 8278259
skype: antonino.milone


- 2018 -- Associate professor, department of physics and astronomy, Universita' di Padova.

- 2013-2017 Fellowship at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia

- 2010-2012 Fellowship at the Instituto de astrofísica de Canarias di Tenerife, Spain.

- 2006-2009 PhD in astronomy, University of Padova (Italy).
Thesis: Multiple stellar populations in Globular Clusters (supervisors Giampaolo Piotto, Luigi Bedin)

- 2005 Laurea (bachelor) in astronomy, Universita' di Padova. grade 110/110 summa cum laude.
Thesis: Photometry and astrometry of the globular cluster NGC6397 (supervisors Giampaolo Piotto, Luigi Bedin)


- 2017 Feltrinelli prize for astronomy (50,000 Euros)

- 2017 FARE/MIUR. Project R164RM93XW. The first survey of multiple population in young clusters with HST 'SEMPLICE' (87,000 Euros).

- 2016 ERC Starting Grant 716082. The formation of the Galaxy: constraints from globular clusters 'GALFOR' (717,000 Euros).

- 2015 Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) from the Australian Research Council (350,000$)

- 2013 Mount Stromlo Milky Way satellites fellowship

- 2010 Juan de La Cierva Fellowship from the Spanish Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Competitividad.


Office hours

  • Wednesday from 14:30 to 15:30
    at Vicolo dell'osservatiorio 3, Office 307


Antonino Milone is author of 122 publications on the major international journals with referee, including 24 first-author papers. In addition, he is either co-author or first author of more than 20 papers in other international journals.

According to NASA-ADS the total number of citations on May, 22nd, 2018, is 6,761 and the total number of citations in first-author papers only is 1,754. The most-cited paper has 549 citations and the most-cited first-author paper has 240 citations.

The h-index is 47 and the m-index is 3.9.

The ten most-representative papers by Antonino Milone include:

1) Multiple stellar populations in Magellanic Cloud clusters - VI. A survey of multiple sequences and Be stars in young clusters. Milone et al. 2018, MNRAS, 477, 2640

2) The Hubble Space Telescope UV Legacy Survey of Galactic globular clusters - IX. The Atlas of multiple stellar populations. Milone et al. 2017, MNRAS, 464, 3636

3) The Hubble Space Telescope UV Legacy Survey of Galactic Globular Clusters. III. A Quintuple Stellar Population in NGC 2808. Milone et al. 2015, ApJ, 808, 51

4) The Hubble Space Telescope UV Legacy Survey of galactic globular clusters - II. The seven stellar populations of NGC 7089 (M2). Milone et al. 2015, MNRAS, 447, 927

5) Global and Nonglobal Parameters of Horizontal-branch Morphology of Globular Clusters. Milone et al. 2014, ApJ, 785, 21

6) A WFC3/HST View of the Three Stellar Populations in the Globular Cluster NGC 6752. Milone et al. 2013, ApJ, 767, 120

7) The ACS survey of Galactic globular clusters. XII. Photometric binaries along the main sequence.
Milone et al. 2012, A&A 540, 16

8) Multiple Stellar Populations in 47 Tucanae. Milone et al. 2012, ApJ, 744, 58

9) Multiple stellar populations in Magellanic Cloud clusters. I. An ordinary feature for intermediate age globulars in the LMC? Milone et al. 2009, A&A, 497, 755

10) The ACS Survey of Galactic Globular Clusters. III. The Double Subgiant Branch of NGC 1851. Milone et al. 2008, ApJ, 673, 241

Research Area

Antonino Milone is an expert of resolved stellar populations in the Milky Way and in nearby galaxies.

His research activity is mostly focused on multiple stellar populations in old Galactic globular clusters and in young Magellanic-Clouds star clusters.
The techniques that he uses include high-precision photometry and astrometry from Hubble Space Telescope images and high-resolution spectroscopy from data collected with the Very Large Telescope and with the major ground-based facilities.

These studies allow to constrain those events, which occurred just a few hundreds million years after the Big Bang and are responsible for the assembly of the Milky Way and the re-ionization of the early Universe.

Thesis proposals

Supervisors: Antonino Milone, Anna Fabiola Marino

How did the globular clusters formed in the early Universe?
What is their role in the assembly of the Galactic Halo?
Which is their contribution to the re-ionization of the Universe?
This is a thesis project to address such hot topics by investigating stellar populations in globular clusters.

In recent years, our group has developed new revolutionary tools for characterizing multiple populations in star clusters. These tools, which are based on the synergy between spectroscopy and multi-band photometry have dramatically changed our view of globular clusters and resulted in the most-important and most-cited papers of the field (e.g. Milone et al. 2017).
The candidate will exploit these innovative tools to i) analyze UV, visual and NIR photometry from the Hubble Space Telescope and from the major wide-field ground-based facilities.
ii) and/or study high-resolution spectra collected with the VLT and other major telescopes.
This project will provide new insights on the processes that occurred at high redshift and resulted in the formation of multiple populations and in the assembly of the Galaxy.
This thesis is complementary to the project 'GALFOR' funded by the European Research Council. The candidate will be involved in an international team, which includes the major experts of the field.

Supervisor: Antonino Milone

The discovery of multiple populations in young and intermediate-age clusters has been one of the major findings in the field of stellar populations of the last decade (e.g. Milone et al. 2009). Their origin is one of the most-intriguing open issues of stellar astrophysics and provides new constraints on the assembly of the galaxies and on star formation and evolution.
The Hubble Space Telescope has recently collected for us an unique dataset to investigate, for the first time, the multiple-population phenomenon in a large sample of young clusters (GO-14710, PI. Milone).
The candidate will investigate this dataset together with additional HST archive images by using the most-advanced techniques of data reduction and analysis. Results will provide a major breakthrough in our understanding of the multiple-population phenomenon.
This thesis is complementary to the project 'GALFOR' funded by the European Research Council. The candidate will be involved in an international team, which includes the major experts of the field.