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I study turbulence, shocks, magnetic fields and relativistic particles in the Universe using challenging large cosmological simulations. 
I am a tenure-track researcher at the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Bologna.    In 2016, I have been granted an ERC Starting Grant from the EU, for the project MAGCOW (2017-2022). My secondary affiliation is the Hamburger Sternwarte .

Curriculum Vitae

  • ~50 papers in scientific peer-reviewed journals, in 24 cases as first author
  • > 1580 citations.
  • h-index = 21 (18 as first author).



Latest papers

Resources and Tools
X-ray maps of clusters
 from the 2009 Key Project
Each folder of the .zip ensamble is for a different clusters (20 in total), and shown are the 3 projections of Lx[0.5-2keV] and T[K] (assuming a Z=0.2Zsol metallicity and the APEC emission model) , for the redshifts of z=0, z=0.3 and z=0.6.
The resolution of each images is of 34kpc comoving/pixel)
For the naming convention, the mass-accretion histories & other statistics have a look here.
MiRò code for simulated Faraday Rotation
This is an IDL code developed by A. Bonafede & F.Vazza to simulate the Faraday Rotation from external sources located behind galaxy clusters.
Here are some useful piece of code or dataset that have been produced and delivered to the community as a result of my research
Enzo-how to
Casual tutorials on compiling/running/modifying Enzo, heavily based on the local installations available at Hamburg Observatory.
Download .zip file
SIRIO code for
simulated radio observations
An IDL code that illustrates all most important steps of radio imaging, especially meant to get students familiar with radio observations.
How to compile/run
Download .zip file
How to modify
Turbulent FILTER
This is an IDL code developed by F. Vazza, E. Roediger & M. Brueggen for a multi-scale reconstruction of turbulent motions in complex 3D datasets. The code and its first applications have been presented here.
This is a set of simulated radio sky models from large cosmological simulations, which is useful to test detectability and strategies for the observation of radio emission from large-scale structures.
The models & simulations have been presented  here.
GITHUB repository
Download code
Goto repository
Media stuff
Borgia Prize from Accademia dei Lincei
In June 2014, I was awarded as " Best Italian Young Astrophysicist " in Rome.

 ​ ETH press release on 2014 simulations

 SISSA & INAF press release on Axions (2017)
 ​​ Outreach contributions

Franco Vazza
Dipartimento di Fisica & Astronomia 
Università di Bologna
Via Gobetti 93/2, 40129, Bologna (ITALY)