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Giuliano Iorio

Mr Giuliano Iorio

Research Fellow


University of Cambridge

Research summary

On 14 Sep 2016, one of the most ambitious projects of the ESA Gaia, released its first Dataset. This day marks the beginning of a new era in Galactic Astrophysics. Over the course of the next few years, the data of unprecedented quality delivered by Gaia will elucidate the processes that govern the formation of galaxies, stars and planets. Gaia is set to facilitate paradigm shifts in many fields and sub-fields of modern Astrophysics. One of the areas in which breakthroughs are expected is the study of the Galactic stellar halo. The stellar halo contains only 1% of the Milky Way's stellar mass but is said to hold 99% of the information detailing the Galaxy’s assembly history. My project represents one of the first attempts to explore the properties of the Galactic stellar halo with Gaia. My study is unique as it takes full advantage of the multi-dimensilonality of the Gaia data: we will work both with stellar variability as well as stellar astrometry, discovering new structures along the way

Interests and expertise (Subject groups)

Grants awarded

Exploring the Galactic halo with Gaia

Scheme: Newton International Fellowships

Dates: Mar 2018 - Mar 2020

Value: £99,000

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