My  research activity per images, a few text and movies

  • I am a numerical cosmologist who studies turbulence, shocks, magnetic fields and relativistic particles in the Universe using challenging large cosmological simulations. 
  • I am presently founded by the Astrofit2 Fellowship by INAF-H2020(MCSA),  and I work at the Radio Astronomy Institute (IRA) in Bologna. 
  • In 2016, I have been granted an ERC Starting Grant from the EU, for the project MAGCOW (2017-2022)


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my scientific highlights
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  • I have (co)authored 43 papers in scientific peer-reviewed journals, in 24 cases as first author, with more than 1250 citations.
  • My h-index is 20 (16 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 refer to
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
Download .zip file
SIRIO code for
simulated radio observations
This is an IDL code developed by  F.Vazza to simulate  the basic effects of radio data reduction on input simulated images
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.
Download .zip file
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.
Download .zip file
Goto repository
Download code
Awards, media & press releases
Borgia Prize from Accademia dei Lincei
In June 2014, I was awarded as "Best Italian Young Astrophysicist" in Rome.
 Outreach articles (in italian)
  • "Ammassi di Galassie, megalopoli della materia" in Le Stelle of March 2009, also here
  • "L'Universo nei computer" in Le Stelle of Jan 2011,  also here
  • "A volo d'aquila nell'Universo Locale" in Le Stelle of Jan 2014, here
  • "Ma l'astronomia a cosa serve?" in Le Stelle of Jun 2014, here

Franco Vazza
Istituto di Radioastronomia (IRA) - INAF
Via Gobetti 101, 40129, Bologna (ITALY)
vazza AT
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