Mattia Vaccari's Web Shack

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Hi! My name's Mattia Vaccari, and I'm a post-doctoral research assistant within the Astrophysics Group of the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa. I was formerly a post-doctoral research assistant within the Department of Astronomy at the University of Padova (2005-2011) and within the Astrophysics Group at Imperial College London. I have received a PhD in Space Science & Technology from the Department of Astronomy and the Center for Space Studies and Activities "G. Colombo" of the University of Padova and a MSc in Physics from the Department of Physics "G. Galilei" of the University of Padova.

I'm an astrophysicist, and my research activity focuses on space astronomy, i.e. on the advantages offered by space-based astronomical observations, obtained by mounting telescopes and other instrumentation on space vehicles, mostly satellites, with respect to ground-based ones. More precisely, I'm involved in a number of projects exploiting ESA and NASA satellite missions such as Herschel, Spitzer and ISO. I'm a keen computer user and software developer and devoted open source content supporter, and in my spare time I enjoy reading and talking life and politics and science.

On these pages you'll find a few things I managed to gather during the much-needed breaks I take from studying/working (depending on how you'd like to call what I do for a living, I guess that's why we needed to coin the word "research" :-) Before going any further, however, you may want to read the Personal Disclaimer related to these pages. You could then decide to embark on an "official" tour through my (supposedly interesting but actually pretty-boring-to-the-average-man-one-must-imagine) life. If you REALLY want to take a look at what I do in the office, instead, here you can find papers, technical reports, software as well as some general information on my research interests. For anything else, try the links below! Hope you enjoy your stay...

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