COLPI MONICA

Role: 
Full professor
Academic disciplines: 
ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS (FIS/05)
Telephone: 
0264482357
Room: 
U02, Piano: P02, Stanza: 2014
Piazza della Scienza 3 - 20126 MILANO

Biography

Monica Colpi is Full Professor at the Department of Physics G. Occhialini of the University of Milano Bicocca.nShe received her Master and Ph.D. Degree in Physics from the University of Milano in 1982 and 1987, respectively. She entered the academic career after being visiting scientist at Cornell University and postdoctoral fellow at the International School for Advanced Studies (Sissa, Trieste). Monica Colpi  has broad research interests in the areas of high energy astrophysics, theoretical astrophysics, and general relativity theory.  She has worked on black holes as accreting sources and on neutron stars, in particular on soft X-ray transients, millisecond pulsars and isolated neutron stars in the Milky Way.   Monica Colpi pioneered the field of massive black hole binary formation in gas-rich galaxy mergers, by combining her experience in high energy astrophysics with experience in galactic dynamics, after her studies on dynamical friction and tidal stirring. Binary black holes in interacting galaxies anticipate  the phase of their coalescence driven by the emission of gravitational waves. Colpi has been exploring their formation pathways with use of large-scale N-Body SpH simulations to follow their dynamics.  Coalescing binary black holes, among the loudest sources of gravitational waves in the universe, pinpoint places where galaxies assemble. Detectable out to very high redshifts, these sources are exquisite probes of the process of clustering of galactic structures, and testbed of gravity theories in the strong field regime. Monica Colpi is now actively working in the development of key aspects of the core science of the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) and of the multi-messenger astronomy with LISA,  the LIGO-Virgo Detectors and third  generation interferometers as the Einstein Telescope.

 

Publications

  • Valiante, R., Colpi, M., Schneider, R., Mangiagli, A., Bonetti, M., Cerini, G., et al. (2021). Unveiling early black hole growth with multifrequency gravitational wave observations. MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY, 500(3), 4095-4109.
  • Burderi, L., Sanna, A., Di Salvo, T., Amati, L., Amelino-Camelia, G., Branchesi, M., et al. (2021). GrailQuest: hunting for atoms of space and time hidden in the wrinkle of Space-Time: A swarm of nano/micro/small-satellites to probe the ultimate structure of Space-Time and to provide an all-sky monitor to study high-energy astrophysics phenomena. EXPERIMENTAL ASTRONOMY [10.1007/s10686-021-09745-5].
  • Cattorini, F., Giacomazzo, B., Haardt, F., & Colpi, M. (2021). Fully general relativistic magnetohydrodynamic simulations of accretion flows onto spinning massive black hole binary mergers. PHYSICAL REVIEW D, 103(10) [10.1103/PhysRevD.103.103022].
  • Abbott, R., Abbott, T., Abraham, S., Acernese, F., Ackley, K., Adams, A., et al. (2021). Upper limits on the isotropic gravitational-wave background from Advanced LIGO and Advanced Virgo's third observing run. PHYSICAL REVIEW D, 104(2) [10.1103/PhysRevD.104.022004].
  • Abbott, R., Abbott, T., Abraham, S., Acernese, F., Ackley, K., Adams, A., et al. (2021). Tests of general relativity with binary black holes from the second LIGO-Virgo gravitational-wave transient catalog. PHYSICAL REVIEW D, 103(12) [10.1103/PhysRevD.103.122002].