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Cosmology and Large-Scale Structure of the Universe

INAF Researchers: V. Antonuccio-Delogu, U. Becciani, A. Bonanno
Technical Staff: A. Costa
PhD Students: G. Sorrentino
Fellows: S. Paulin-Henriksson (Marie-Curie postdoctoral fellow),
  M. Comparato, A. Romeo
Students: G. Coppola (Naples), F. Pulvirenti

The past year has been particularly important for the Cosmology and Computational Astrophysics Group at INAF-Catania Astrophysical Observatory. The date of August 1st, 2004 marks the start of an EC-funded project whose principal aim is that of increasing the quality and the level of the research and training activities in Cosmology for the group at INAF-OACt. The project, denominated ''COSMOCT'' (COSMOlogy and Computational Astrophysics at CaTania Astrophysical Observatory) will be supported until July 31st, 2008 under a Marie-Curie Transfer-of-Knowledge program (VI Framework Programme for R&D of the European Commission). During these four years a series of actions aiming at strengthen the Cosmology and Computational Astrophysics Group at INAF-OACt will be undertaken. The COSMOCT project is done in scientific partnership with the Oxford Astrophysics laboratories at the Department of Physics, University of Oxford (UK), and with Max-Planck Institute for Astrophysics, Potsdam (Germany).
During the first phase of the program a Marie Curie Postdoctoral position has been advertised and eventually assigned to Dr. Stephane Paulin-Henriksson, who recently graduated from College de France in Paris.
A first important step of this Project consisted in the preparation of a scientific plan, where a series of strategical targets were identified. Cosmology & Computational Astrophysics today span a very wide set of different fields, and for a small group like the one at INAF-OACt it is of paramount importance to concentrate the activities in a few selected subfields. Three main topical areas were identified, where the research and training efforts will be mostly concentrated:

In addition to these rather new targets, further advancements have been performed along the traditional research directions of the group, i.e. on Galaxy Formation and Evolution (V. Antonuccio-Delogu, U. Becciani, G. Coppola, G. Sorrentino), on the modelling of the Early Universe (A. Bonanno), and on the development of Data Mining and Visualization techniques for Virtual Observatory obervations (U. Becciani).
We will now shortly present some research results accomplished by members of the group.



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