My research interests:
study of the gas and its role in active galactic nuclei. I look at the interaction between the gas and the radio plasma and exploring the life-cycle of radio sources using low frequency observations (LOFAR) and the combination LOFAR-Apertif.
More in general, I am interested on the role of gas (and in particular neutral hydrogen @ 21 cm and cold molecular gas) in the evolution of early-type galaxies.
In 2014, I received the Honor of “Commendatore della Stella d’Italia” (Commander in the Order of the Star of Italy) from the Italian Ambassador in the Netherlands, Francesco Azzarello.
News, recent papers and reviews:
- See the latest result on ALMA observations of molecular gas around a young radio galaxy: Taking snapshots of the jet-ISM interplay: The case of PKS0023-26
- Interesting results on the famous radio galaxy 3C293 using (among others) the LOFAR international baselines to reach sub-arcsec resolution at 150 MHz!! Unmasking the history of 3C 293 with LOFAR sub-arcsecond imaging
- The APERTIF overview paper is out! van Cappellen et al. Apertif, Phased Array Feeds for the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope
- Radio jets: properties, life and impact Invited review IAU Symp 356 “Nuclear Activity in Galaxies Across Cosmic Time”, ed. M. Povic et al
- The life cycle of radio galaxies in the LOFAR Lockman Hole field: Jurlin et al. 2020 and Shabala et al. 2020
- “The interstellar and circumnuclear medium of active nuclei traced by HI 21 cm absorption” in The Astronomy and Astrophysics Review.
- “Archaeology of active galaxies across the electromagnetic spectrum” invited review, Nature Astronomy Aug 2017
One night I was, as usual, observing the sky with my telescope. I noticed that a sign was hanging from a galaxy a hundred milion light-years away. On it was written: I SAW YOU.