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Salvatore Vitale


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!).

Research interests: 

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.

Representative publications: 

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)

Contact Information

t: 617-253-0203


B.S., Physics, University of Bologna (Italy), 2005; M.S., Theoretical Physics, University of Bologna (Italy), 2007; Ph.D., Pierre et Marie Curie University (Paris, France), 2010