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Department Chair: Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz Department Manager: Jenna Scarpelli
Associate Chair: Ruth Murray-Clay Graduate Advisor: David Sugg
Undergraduate Program: Jonathan Fortney Graduate Program: Brant Robertson
Piero Madau
  • Title
    • Professor
  • Division Physical & Biological Sciences
  • Department
    • Astronomy & Astrophysics Department
  • Phone
    831-459-3839
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location CFAO 103
  • Mail Stop UCO / Lick Observatory
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Astronomy, Astrophysics

Research Interests

My research focuses on theoretical astrophysics and cosmology. Specific topics within these broad areas are: the physics of the intergalactic medium, first light and the dawn of galaxies, high-energy radiation backgrounds, the formation and evolution of massive black holes, the cosmic history of star formation. Other recent interests include the "Via Lactea Project", a suite of extremely high-resolution simulations of the assembly of the dark matter halo of the Milky Way.

Biography, Education and Training

BS, University of Florence, 1983
PhD, International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste, 1987