Cacciari Carla - Gaia
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INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Bologna (Italy)
Carla Cacciari obtained her Degree in Physics at the University of Bologna. Her main scientific interests include Population II objects (e.g. globular clusters, RR Lyrae variables) and the structure of the Galactic halo. She spent some time at the MSSSO (Australia) and at the RGO (UK) studying the RR Lyrae variables and the phenomenon of mass loss from red giant stars in a few globular clusters. For several years she worked in Spain as an ESA fellow at the IUE project in VILSPA (Madrid), and in the USA as an ESA Resident Astronomer at the Hubble STScI in Baltimore. In those positions, she worked in the groups providing support and assistance to the observers, as well as continuing her own scientific research activity. She is presently Associate Astronomer at the Osservatorio Astronomico in Bologna.
In Gaia, Carla has been a member of the CU5 Management Group since February 2006. The CU5 is in charge of the photometric data processing (see the CU5 wiki page) and Carla, along with Elena Pancino, is leading the group responsible of providing the absolute calibration of the G-band and BP/RP photometric system.
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