Lanzafame Alessandro - Gaia
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University of Catania
Alessandro Lanzafame is a researcher at the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Catania, and an associated member of the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF). His main research interests are in late-type stellar atmospheres and the solar outer atmosphere.
Alessandro has been involved in Gaia since 2006. He coordinates several DPAC work packages mainly related to cool stars parameterisation and variability. In CU7 (Variability Processing) he coordinates the work packages `Special Variability Detection', as well as `Solar-like Variability Detection', `Flare Stars', and `Solar-like and rotational induced variable stars'. In CU8 (Astrophysical Parameters) he coordinates the `Extended Stellar Parametrizer - Cool Stars'.
Alessandro graduated from Catania working with Marcello Rodonò and Marcello Anile in 1989. He has been a research assistant at Armagh Observatory working with Brendan Byrne on late-type stellar atmospheres and was awarded his PhD at the Queen's University of Belfast in 1994. Before moving back to Catania, he was a research fellow at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow working on the solar outer atmosphere.
Alessandro's homepage is here.
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