Rainer Monica - Gaia
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Monica Rainer is a member of the Coordination Unit 5's DU13 team since January 2020, and she works on the advanced reduction steps of the Spectro-Photometric Standard Stars (SPSS) used for the flux calibration of the Gaia data.
Her research topics focus mainly on exoplanet atmosphere characterization, stellar variability studies, spectroscopic time-series analysis, and software writing for spectroscopic reduction and analysis. She has been and is still currently involved in several space missions (Gaia, Ariel, PLATO, CoRoT) and ground-based instrumentation teams (MOONS, HIRES, WEAVE, LOCNES, GIARPS).
Monica graduated in Physics from the University of Milan in 2003, and she obtained her PhD from the same institute in 2007. She worked as a post-doc at the Astronomical Observatory of Brera (Milan) until end of 2017, and then she moved to the Astrophysical Observatory of Arcetri, where she currently works.
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