I am an Italian and Brazilian astrophysicist currently working at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucia (Granada, Spain), under the program "Severo Ochoa".
My research is focused on the long-term evolution of planetary systems, from their formation till the last moments of their life, in the framework of Galactic environment and evolution.
My Research interests
Image credit: NRC-HIA / C. Marois / W. M. Keck Observatory.
Directly imaged exoplanets
Young giant exoplanets that we can take pictures of.
Image credit: NASA/SDO (Sun), MPS/René Heller
exoplanets that transit
Adult exoplanets that pass in front of their host star, hiding its stellar light.
Image Credit: Simonluca Definis
Exoplanets via gravitational wave astronomy
Old giant exoplanets that orbit double white dwarf stars.
"The FUTURE IS BRIGHT !!"
With many more space- and ground-based Observatories the future of exoplanets is bright ! These "eyes-on-the-sky" will help us to know to pin down the true nature of planets outside the Solar System and to shed light on the formation and evolution of such exotic celestial objects !
Image credit: ESA