The MIT Kavli Institute paves the way for new developments in space- & ground-based astrophysics. Our faculty, research staff, and students develop technology & instrumentation with a focus on an engineering and technical core.
Researchers at The Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research explore extreme and unusual phenomena found beyond the Earth including extrasolar planets, black holes, neutron stars, and distant galaxies and clusters of galaxies.
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.
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.
"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