Massimiliano Galeazzi

Professor
Associate Chair of Department of Physics

Phone:
(305) 284-7141
Locator Code:
0530

 
About
Astronomical object emit, in general, at all wavelength, not just visible light. Moreover, there are specific objects, such as Black Holes and Supernovae, that emit primarily in X-rays. X-rays, such as the ones used in radiography, are similar to visible light, but with wavelength 1000 times shorter. My work involves the construction of X-ray detectors for space. Since X-ray do not penetrate Earth's atmosphere, the detectors are mounted either on board of sounding rockets or satellites. The same detectors are also used in the laboratory for particle physics and the search for dark matter. Using data from existing satellites, I also study the property of interstellar and intergalactic gas (the reservoir for future galaxies and stars) to understand the evolution of our Universe.
Career

Education

1999 Ph.D. Physics University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy
1995Degree Physics, 110/110 cum laude University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy

Professional Experience

2008 - 2013Associate Professor, University of Miami, Florida
2002 - 2008Assistant Professor, University of Miami, Florida
2001 - 2002Visiting Assistant Scientist, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland
2001 - 2002Assistant Scientist, University of Wisconsin - Madison
2000 - 2001Research Associate, University of Wisconsin - Madison
1999 - 1999Research Intern, University of Wisconsin - Madison
1998 - 1999Honorary Fellow, University of Wisconsin - Madison
1997 - 1998Military Service - Conscientious Objector, ARCI (Associazione Ricreativa Culturale Italiana) - Non-profit Italian Organization
1996 - 1998Teaching Assistant, Engineering Department, University of Genoa
1996 - 1997Consultant, Computer Services Center of the University of Genoa
1995 - 1996Sun Microsystems Fellowship, Computer Services Center of the University of Genoa
1994 - 1995Graduating Student, Physics Department of the University of Genoa

Honors & Acknowledgements

2008 NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center's "Center Director's Team Recognition Award", to the IXO TEAM (Now Astro-H)
2005 College of Arts and Sciences' Faculty Scholarly Activity Recognition Award

Conferences & Events

2014
Characterization of Solar Wind Charge Exchange with Suzaku | Matsuyama, Japan
02/19/2014 "Characterization of Solar Wind Charge Exchange with Suzaku", invited talk given at the Suzaku-MAXI 2014 Conference, Matsuyama, Japan, February 19-22, 2014
2013
The DXL Mission | Bern, Switzerland
10/22/2013 "The DXL Mission", invited talk, Workshop on Solar Winds Charge Exchange, International Space Science Institute (ISSI), Bern, Switzerland, October 21-24, 2013
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Memberships

1999 - present American Astronomical Society
2008 - 2010 Member of the NASA Sounding Rocket Working Group
2006 - 2008 Member of the NASA Universe Working Group
1995 - 1999 Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (National Institute of Nuclear Physics), Italy
Research

LIST OF SPECIALTIES: X-ray Astrophysics, The Diffuse X-ray Background, The interstellar and intergalactic medium, Solar Wind Charge Exchange, The Warm-Hot Intergalactic Medium (WHIM), Micro-calorimeters, X-rays, electron capture and beta decays, detector instrumentation

Research Projects

MISSION / PROJECT RESPONSIBILITIES

2008 - present ASTRO-H, Member of the Science Working Group
2007 - present 
DIFFUSE X-RAYS FROM THE LOCAL GALAXY (DXL), PI
2003 - present 
X-RAY EMISSION FROM THE WARM-HOT INTERGALACTIC MEDIUM (WHIM)
2003 - present 
STUDY OF THE DIFFUSE X-RAY BACKGROUND AND WHIM WITH XMM-NEWTON, CHANDRA, AND SUZAKU
1998 - present THE X-RAY QUANTUM CALORIMETER (XQC): micro-calorimeter sounding rocket experiment for the study of the Interstellar Medium 
2006 - 2013 MICROCALORIMETER ARRAY FOR A RHENIUM EXPERIMENT (MARE), Measurement of the electron neutrino mass with sub-eV resolution
2007 - 2010 
EXPLORER OF DIFFUSE EMISSION AND GAMMA-RAY BURST EXPLOSIONS (EDGE), Member of the Science Team
2002 - 2006 
DEVELOPMENT OF TRANSITION EDGE SENSORS (TES), development and characterization of detectors for future X-ray missions such as Constellation-X
2001 - 2002 THE X-RAY SPECTROMETER (XRS) ON ASTRO-E2, Development and design of the microcalorimeter array 
2004 2ND INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP OF TRANSITION EDGE SENSORS DEVICE PHYSICS (TES2), Chairman
2002 
CO-EDITOR, Low Temperature Detectors, AIP conference proceedings, Volume 605, Melville, New York 
2001 9TH INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON LOW TEMPERATURE DETECTORS (LTD-9), member of the local organizing committee 
1996 - 1999 LOW ENERGY X-RAYS  (LEX): development of high-resolution X-ray micro-calorimeters 
1994 - 1999 NEUTRINO MASS (MANU): micro-calorimeter experiment for the measurement of the neutrino mass studying the beta decay of Re-187

Publications

M. Galeazzi and E. Figueroa-Feliciano Cryogenic Microcalorimeters (United Kingdoms. John Wiley & Sons. 2004).


F. S. Porter, D. McCammon, M. Galeazzi, and C. K. Stahle Editors Low Temperature Detectors 605 (Melville , New York, U.S.. AIP Conference Proceedings. 2002).


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