Projects and Grants

Experiments, networks and projects involving members of SISSA Astrophysics and Cosmology group.

Networks


Big Data for Black Hole Evolution Studies
The BiD4BEST ITN will offer doctoral training in one of the most visible areas of astrophysical research, the formation of supermassive black holes in galaxies. A coordinated research training effort in this field is needed now to mobilise the community in Europe and prepare a core group of young scientists in anticipation of new observational data in the early/mid 2020s from future space missions with strong European involvement. These data will have the quality and volume to yield transformational science on the formation of black-holes in galaxies, as long as the necessary expertise and synergies among observation, theory and data analytics exist within the European astronomy community. We propose to achieve this goal by setting up a research training network that brings together leading scientists in observational and theoretical studies of black holes and galaxies, industrial experts in cutting-edge big-data technologies, and professionals in science dissemination. Together, we will setup doctoral research projects each of which combines state-of-the-art observations, numerical simulations and innovative analytic tools to compare theory with observation and shed light on the physics of black hole formation in the context of galaxy evolution. The training on expertise from different research areas (observational astronomy, theoretical astrophysics) and sectors (academic, industrial) will be achieved by carefully designed secondments, mixed doctoral supervisory committees (academia, industry), well coordinated events for team communication and interaction, as well as network-wide courses on astrophysics and transferable skills. The proposed research training programme aspires to generate individuals that in addition to academic competences, master big-data analytics and have the capacity to apply these technologies to solve problems in different sectors (research, industry, non-academic) by developing innovative products and services.
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Radioforegrounds
A three year (2016-2019) program for studying diffuse polarization emission from our own Galaxy as a contaminant for CMB B-mode measurements. It is supported by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (COMPET-05-2015) under grant agreement number 687312.
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INDARK
INFN specific initiative for studying Inflation, Dark Matter and the Large-Scale Structure of the Universe.
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ASI-COSMOS
A three year study (2017-2020) funded by the Italian Space Agency for studying next generation CMB experiments, support to ongoing observations.
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VESF
The Virgo-EGO Scientific Forum contributes to the further development of scientific knowledge around the Virgo gravitational wave detector.
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Experiments


Simons Observatory
Ground-Based Telescope supported by the Simons Foundation to map the CMB B-mode anisotropies, looking for the signal from Cosmological Gravitational Waves, and characterizing the signal from Weak Gravitational Lensing.
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S-PASS
S-Band Polarization all Sky Survey for mapping the Galactic synchrotron emission from our own Galaxy.
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AT20G
The Australian Telescope 20GHz Survey is a blind survey of the southern sky down to a limiting flux density of approximately 40mJy.
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Chandra
Chandra is NASA's X-ray Observatory, launched in July 1999.
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EBEX
A balloon borne polarimeter set to make deep observations of the Cosmic Microwave Background, and whose test flight occurred on 10 June 2009.
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Euclid
Euclid is a Esa mission aim to understand the nature of dark energy and dark matter by accurate measurement of the accelerated expansion of the Universe through different independent methods.
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Fermi
The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, formerly known as GLAST, is designed to explore the high-energy Universe, and is a joint venture of NASA, US DoE, and agencies in France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Sweden. It was launched in June 2008 and released first light images in August 2008.
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Gaia
Gaia's principal mission is to create the largest and most precise three dimensional chart of our Galaxy by providing unprecedented positional and radial velocity measurements for about one billion stars in our Galaxy and throughout the Local Group.
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Herschel
The European Space Agency's Herschel Space Observatory is a far infrared and sub-millimetre telescope launched on 14 May 2009.
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Hubble Space Telescope
NASA's celebrated space telescope, launched in 1990.
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Planck
An ESA satellite mission, launched on 14 May 2009, with the goal of making the definitive survey of the Cosmic Microwave Background temperature fluctuations.
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Simons Array
Simons Array is a Cosmic Microwave Background polarization experiment. Our goal is to detect CMB B-modes and use them to investigate the origin and evolution of the Universe and to understand physics and cosmology beyond our Standard Model.
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Swift
Launched in November 2004, Swift is a Gamma Ray Burst mission led by NASA with participation of Italy and the UK.
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TNG
The Telescopio Nazionale Galileo (TNG), with a primary mirror of 3.58m, is the national facility of the Italian astronomical community, and is located at Roque de Los Muchachos Observatory, La Palma.
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XMM-Newton
Launched in December 1999, XMM-Newton is the ESA X-ray observatory.
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