Progetti per tesi di dottorato

The PhD course in Astronomy continues the long tradition of education in Astronomy at the University of Padova, where Galileo Galilei taught for more than a decade in early XVII century, and where he made his main astronomical discoveries.

Thanks to the Astronomical Observatory, more than 60 staff astronomers work in Padova and collaborate to the education of PhD students. Offered PhD projects cover almost all the fields of modern astronomy: Solar System (planets, asteroids, comets), extrasolar planets (search, atmospheres, exoplanetary system architecture, astrobiology), stars (stellar evolution, stellar populations, star clusters, supernovae, compact objects), Milky Way (structure, stellar populations, kinematics), galaxies (structure, kinematics, stellar populations, dynamics), active galaxies (active galactic nuclei, quasars), clusters of galaxies (structure, formation, evolution), cosmology (observational and theoretical cosmology), technology (development of instruments for ground-based and space observatories).

PhD students join highly competitive research groups at international levels.

The PhD students can take advantage of the main Italian facilities both for observations and computation, as well as the facilities at the main European organizations like the European Southern Observatory and the European Space Agency.

PROPOSED THESIS FOR 3 SCHOLARSHIPS FUNDED BY UNIVERSITY OF PADOVA, 1 SCHOLARSHIP FUNDED BY FONDAZIONE CASSA DI RISPARMIO DI PADOVA E ROVIGO AND 1 SCHOLARSHIP FINANCED ON "BUDEGET MIUR DIPARTIMENTI DI ECCELLENZA (FUNDS RESERVED TO APPLICANTS WITH FOREIGN QUALIFICATIONS)

PROPOSED THESIS FOR 4 SCHOLARSHIPS FUNDED BY INAF


1) Formazione ed evoluzione di sistemi stellari e planetari / Stellar and planetary systems formation and evolution
These theses are devoted to the observational study of structure formation over all physical scales: from planets to stellar clusters in our Galaxy to extragalactic structures (galaxies). In all the proposed projects the core observational dataset is taken with the best available instrumentation.

2)Fenomeni estremi in astofisica / Etreme phenomena in astrophysics
These theses are aimed at studying in detail rare astrophysical objects (supernovae, optical transients associated to gravitational waves, extreme QSO, binary neutron stars and other high energy galactic sources, as well as peculiar galaxies)

3)Nuove tecniche e “big data” in astrofisica / New techniques and big data in astrophysics
These theses are devoted to the development of new instrumentation/investigation techniques or to the statistical analysis of big data samples. All of them require the development of advanced computer skills (for numerical simulations/machine learning codes).


4)Design of classical and/or multi-conjugate adaptive optics for 10-40m class telescopes: from the optical design to the AIV phase
This thesis is devoted to the design of an adaptive optics system to be performed in the framework of the MAVIS (Mcao Assisted Visible Imager and Spectrograph) and/or MAORY (Multi-conjugate Adaptive Optics RelaY) projects, and the fields in which it can be exploited are the opto-mechanical design (partecipating to the work of definition of the instruments optical design, by using optical ray-tracing programs such as Zemax) and/or the definition of the Assembly, Integration and Verification (AIV) concepts of the instruments (partecipating to the activities of definition of the alignment procedures of the instruments and to the early prototyping phase).

PROPOSED THESIS FOR 1 SCHOLARSHIP FUNDED BY DIPARTIMENTO DFA ON “ UE Horizon 2020 - ERC - bando - ERC-2017-CoG ", progetto DEMOBLACK - "Demography of black hole binaries in the era of gravitational wave astronomy/Demografia delle binarie di buchi neri nell'era dell'astronomia gravitazionale")