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 in the south of Italy, where at the age of 10 or 11 I discovered I wanted to be a scientist, and never changed my mind afterward. I left Italy at the age of 24. Beside science, I like reading, history, literature, movies, walking trough the city (in particular in Paris), opera, basketball, making bread (and eating it!).
My work focuses on data analysis for gravitational waves signals detected with the LIGO instruments. In particular I work on tests of General Relativity using gravitational waves; on assessing the typical accuracy with which we will be able to estimate the physical parameters of the source, with special interest on its sky localization.
S. Vitale and M. Zanolin, Phys. Rev. D 84, 104020 (2011); S. Vitale et al, Phys. Rev D 85, 064034 (2012)
Honors and awards:
Grant of the University of Bologna for 5 years; Grant of the University of Bologna to write the master thesis in a foreign country (6 months)