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Federico Marinacci

Postdoctoral Associate Postdoctoral Scholar

I was born and raised in Perugia, a little town of central Italy. As an undergraduate, I moved to Bologna where I studied Astronomy. I took my master degree in Astronomy and Astrophysics and earned my PhD at the same University advised by Luca Ciotti and Filippo Fraternali with a thesis on the dynamics of extra-planar gas in disk galaxies. From Bologna I moved to Heidelberg to work with Volker Springel. In October 2014 I joined Mark Voglesbrger's group at MKI.

Research interests: 

My research work is focused on the topic of the formation of galaxies similar to the Milky Way, their internal structure and their interactions with the surrounding environment. I study this complex problem with state of the art numerical simulations ranging from large-scale cosmological simulations of the formation of a single galaxy in its cosmological context, to small-scale runs investigating more specific processes that play a key role in driving galaxy evolution. I thus have a strong background in numerical hydrodynamic simulations that make use of massively parallel codes and high-performance computing facilities. I am actively participating in the development of the numerical codes that I routinely employ in my research work. I am currently part of the teams developing the moving-mesh code AREPO and the new forthcoming public release of the Tree-SPH code Gadget. I am also interested in the creation of new codes for astrophysical applications, including sophisticated post-processing tasks.

Representative publications: 

"The formation of disc galaxies in high-resolution moving-mesh cosmological simulations",
F. Marinacci, R. Pakmor & V. Springel, 2014, MNRAS, 437, 1750

"The formation of disc galaxies in high-resolution moving-mesh cosmological simulations",
F. Marinacci, R. Pakmor & V. Springel, 2014, MNRAS, 442, 3745

"Magnetic fields in cosmological simulations of disk galaxies",
R. Pakmor, F. Marinacci & V. Springel, 2014, ApJ, 783, L20

"On the origin of warm-hot absorbers in the Milky Way's halo",
A. Marasco, F. Marinacci & F. Fraternal, 2010, MNRAS, 404, 1464

"The mode of gas accretion on to star-forming galaxies",
F. Marinacci, J. Binney, F. Fraternali, C. Nipoti, L. Ciotti & P. Londrillo, 2013, MNRAS, 433, 1634
 

Contact Information

t: 617-253-9716
e: fmarinac@mit.edu

Education

Ph.D., Astronomy, University of Bologna, April 2011; M.S., Astrophysics & Cosmology, University of Bologna, October 2007; B.S., Astronomy, University of Bologna, September 2005;