Almost all stars in the Universe produce their own magnetic field with a process called stellar dynamo, whose basic ingredients are stellar rotation and convection. In general, magnetic fields are produced and are affected by charged particles, which is what stellar plasma is made of. In stars the magnetic field and plasma thus interact, producing a class of transient phenomena» Read more
Palermo Astronomical Observatory “Giuseppe S. Vaiana” is one of the research centres of the National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF). It works together with Palermo University through the Department of Physics and Chemistry.
OAPa’s main characteristic is its specific vocation in the field of space astrophysics. The network of activities also involves several frontier research fields both at the national and international level.
A chapter wrote by M. Barbera, U. Lo Cicero and L. Sciortino (INAF-OAPA) on the filters for X-ray telescopes is included in the: “Handbook of X-ray and gamma ray astrophysics”
X-ray astronomy explores the high-energy Universe. X-rays are, in fact, high energy photons emitted by very hot gas (with temperature of some milion degrees) or by processes involving relativistic particles. Some astronomical sources of X-rays radiation are: accreting black holes, such as the supermassive black holes at the center of active galaxies, stellar coronae, supernova remnants, and clusters of galaxies.» Read more
Supernova remnants as particle accelerators. The study: “The supernova remnant SN 1006 as a Galactic particle accelerator” of R. Giuffrida (UniPA/INAF-OAPA) recently appeared on Nature Communication
Our planet is constantly bombarded by energetic particles (mainly protons) called “cosmic rays“. The study of cosmic rays is a leading science topic given its importance in several fields, such as the study of the effects on instrumentation and astronauts in space, where the natural protection against these particles provided by the magnetic field of Earth is low or null.» Read more
Criteri e modalità di valutazione dei titoli e della prova di esame (Estratto dal verbale n. 1 del 14 settembre 2022)
Pubblicazione sul sito web dell’Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica e dell’INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo “Giuseppe S. Vaiana” dei criteri e delle modalità di valutazione» Read more
Concorso pubblico per titoli ed esame, per il reclutamento di un Tecnologo III Livello, prima classe stipendiale, con contratto di lavoro a tempo determinato e» Read more
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