SCIENTIFIC INTERESTS & RESEARCH PROGRAM

PRESENT

My present research activity is focused on the investigation of the physical conditions of matter around black holes and it is mainly based on the analysis and interpretation of X-ray data from different classes of AGN (especially Radio Galaxies, Blazars, Narrow Line Seyfert 1 galaxies, and true type 2 AGN). I try to combine complementary pieces of information from the investigations of both AGN and GBHs to probe the unification of black hole systems at three different levels:
1) The unification among the different classes of AGN, with particular focus on the radio-loud/radio quiet dichotomy
2) The unification between active and normal galaxies, investigated by studying the X-ray nuclear properties of bulgeless galaxies and Low-power AGN, which may represent the link between powerful AGN and normal galaxies.
3) The unification between AGN and Galactic Black Hole systems, with particular emphasis for the variability properties .

PAST

My undergraduate and doctoral scientific background is in the field of theoretical astrophysics, applied especially to jets. My first research work was focused on the radiative acceleration of jets in superluminal Active Galactic Nuclei. During my PhD studies I was concerned about the superluminal galactic sources GRS 1915+105 and GRO J1655-40. More specifically I have dealt with the energetics of the jets and their formation from a magnetized accretion disk, by using a 2D MHD numerical code.
In the framework of the Training ans Mobility Research program ``Accretion onto Black Holes, Compact Stars and Protostars" , I concentrated on accretion and ejection processes in AGN both from the theoretical (modeling and numerical simulations) and observational (X-ray analysis from different satellites and optical observations at the Skinakas telescope) point of view and established collaborations with other nodes (namely the Universities of Milano and Heraklion) involved in the TMR network. At MPE I worked extensively on the analysis and interpretation of X-ray data from AGN (taken by ROSAT, SAX, ASCA and recently by XMM). At the same time I have pursued some long-term theoretical work, concerning the time evolution of a geometrically and optically thick accretion disk.

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