Altavilla Giuseppe - Gaia
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Observatory of Rome / ASDC (Italy)
Giuseppe Altavilla completed his PhD at the Astronomy Department of the University of Padua (Italy) at the beginning of 2004. During his PhD he worked on a supernova search at intermediate redshift and on the absolute calibration of type Ia SNe. As a postdoc he moved to Barcelona (Spain) within the European RTN project "The Physics of Type Ia Supernova Explosions".
He has been involved in the ESA mission Gaia since 2006, when he entered the Data Processing and Analysis Consortium (DPAC), joining the CU5 DU13 team at the Observatory of Bologna (Italy), in charge of building a suitable grid of spectrophotometric standard stars for the absolute calibration of the Gaia G-band and BP/RP photometric system.
In 2017 he moved to the Observatory of Rome (Italy), joining the CU9 team at the ASI-Science Data Center (ASDC). ASDC hosts a copy of the Gaia intermediate data releases and will host the final catalogue too. He currently contributes to the ASDC effort aimed at developing access, data extraction, data mining tools to enable the astronomical community to handle and fully exploit the scientific potential of the Gaia catalogue.
[Published: 21/07/2008, Updated: 10/03/2017]
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