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Luca Ciotti


Department of Physics and Astronomy

Academic discipline: FIS/05 Astronomy and Astrophysics

Head of Collegio Superiore

Curriculum vitae

Born in Florence in 1964.
Laurea Degree (110 cum laude) and PhD in Astronomy, University of Bologna.
Astronomer at the Bologna Astronomical Observatory (1992-2001), Associate Professor (2002-2010),
and Professor (since 1-3-2011) at the Department of Astronomy, University of Bologna.
Visiting Lecturer of Stellar Dynamics at Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa (1997-2003 and 2006-2008).
Tutor of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Collegio Superiore of the Bologna University (since 2008).
Deputy-director of the Department of Astronomy of the Bologna University (2010-2012).
Appointed delegate of the Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences faculty for ERASMUS (2011-2012).
Coordinator of the  Corso di Studi per la Laurea in Astronomia e per la Laurea Magistrale in Astrofisica e Cosmologia (1-11-2012 to 2-10-2013).
Director of Collegio Superiore dell'Universita' di Bologna (since 1-11-2012).
Deputy Director Department of Physics and Astronomy (since 31-3-2015)

For long-term collaborations, since 1991 visitor of the Dept. of Astrophysical Sciences of the Princeton University (NJ, USA), and since 1994 visitor of the Dept. of Theoretical Physics of Oxford University (UK).
Also visitor of ESO (Garching), University Observatory Munich (Germany), Institute of Astronomy (Cambdrige University, UK), Kapteyn Astronomical Institute (University of Groningen, The Netherlands), Institute for Theory and Computation (Harvard University, USA), Department of Mathematics (MIT, USA), IPMU (Tokyo University), ETH (Zurich), Aspen Center for Physics (CO, USA), Columbia University (NY, USA), Eotovos University (Budapest).

Member of  final PhD examination committee for SNS-Pisa, University of Ginevra, Milano, Groningen (NL), Insubria, Yale (USA), Cambridge (UK), Ghent (BEL)

IAU member Commission 28 (Division VIII, Galaxies)
IAU member Commission 44 (Division XI, Space & High Energy Astrophysics)

SOC member of:
International meeting "Formation of Elliptical Galaxies" (Accademia dei Lincei, 1993).
Joint Discussion "Dark Matter in Early Type Galaxies" per la IAU XXVII General Assembly (Brazil, 2009).
International meeting "Galaxy properties across the Cosmic Ages" (Accademia dei Lincei, 2009).
International meeting ``Galaxies: Origin, Dynamics, Structure'' (2012, Sochi, Russia).
International meeting  ``The Physics of Feedback Processes and their Role in Galaxy Evolution'' (2012, Aspen, CO, USA)
International meeting  ``Recent developments in stellar dynamics and plasma physics" (2012, Como, Italy)
International biannual Bologna workshop ``Luminous and dark matter in galaxies and clusters of galaxies'' (2005), ``Dark matter in galaxies and galaxy clusters'' (2007), ``Dark haloes from smallest to largest scales'' (2009), ``Dark matter from globular clusters to clusters of galaxies'' (2011)

International Workshop ``Bright and Dark Universe" (2017, Napoli, Italy)

Local coordinator of the grant PRIN (2004) ``Collective phenomena in the dynamics of galaxies''
National coordinator of the grant PRIN (2008) "Structure and dynamics of large self-gravitating systems: mass diagnostics''
Local coordinator of the grant PRIN (2010) ``Chemical and Dynamical Evolution of the Milky Way and Local Group Galaxies''

Referee for: A&A, MNRAS, ApJ, AJ, Nature, New Astronomy, Classical & Quantum Gravity, Astrophysical Letters & Comm., Astroparticle Physics, Il Nuovo Cimento B, Physica Scripta, Proceedings of the Royal Society (A), Progress In Electromagnetics Research,  Journal of electromagnetic waves and applications, Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy, Journal of Astrophysics, Galaxies, Journal of Plasma Physics, European Physical Journal, Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia.

Referee for: Italian MIUR, the Evaluation, selection, and award procedures of the European Research Council [ERC, FP7, H2020], the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), the Romanian National Council for Research and Development (PCCA), the French Research Agency (FRA), ``Leverhulme Trust RPG'' (UK).

Referent for Bologna University Italian in the Board ``GREAT-ITN'' (FP7 Marie Curie - Studies of the Milky Way) and  ``GAIA-ITN" (H2020 - Galactic Dynamics)

Member ESO Panel (P91-P92) "Galaxies and Galactic Nuclei"

Supervisor or co-supervisor of 70 Master Theses, and  7 PhD Theses.

Author of ~170 publications, ~100 (several of them as single-name or first author) on referred international journals, of a book on Stellar Dynamics for Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, and of various Review papers on galactic dynamics and accretion phenomena on black holes at the center of galaxies. Currently working on a book on Stellar Dynamics for Cambridge University Press.

Field of interest: theoretical astrophysics. Main results on Stellar Dynamics: theory of phase-space distribution functions, potential theory, relaxation phenomena, construction of dynamical models of galaxies with dark matter halos, with special attention to the formation, structure, and evolution of elliptical galaxies and their Scaling Laws (such as for example the Fundamental Plane). Main results on Fluidodynamics: structure and evolution of the X-ray emitting hot gaseous coronae of elliptical galaxies, in presence of stellar feedback from supernovae and stellar winds, accretion phenomena and feedback from supermassive black holes at the center of stellar spheroids, construction of equilibrium models for the gaseous coronae of disk galaxies and study of galactic fountains.