Padova University
Padova University
Astronomy Department
Physics & Astronomy Dep.
Asiago Observatory
Padova Observatory
Padova Observatory

Exoplanets & Stellar Populations Group

vicolo Osservatorio 3, 35122 Padova - Italy tel. +39.049.827.8211     fax. +39.049.827.8212

Our group is actively involved in many projects, both in observational and theoretical fields. In the table below, a schematic resume of these interests is presented.



Contact Person: G. Piotto

Staff: G. Piotto, F. Marzari, V. Nascimbeni, S. Ortolani
Post-Docs: L. Borsato, V. Granata, L. Malavolta, M. Montalto
PhD Students: G. Antoniciello, L. Colombo, D. DesiderĂ , D. Sicilia

Contact Person: G. Piotto

Staff: G. Piotto, G. Carraro, S. Ortolani
Post-Docs: M. Montalto, D. Nardiello
PhD Students: M. Menegazzo, M. Simioni (Cotutelage with IAC)

Just over twenty years after the discovery of the first exoplanet, 51 Peg b, thousands of planetary systems have been discovered and studied. The properties of the identified planets points towards a large diversity, whose origin is still unknown. We are still at the beginning of a huge, fascinating work that is now entering the phase of characterizing the structure of the exoplanets, their atmospheres and modeling of the formation mechanisms.
All the projects are illustrated in more details in section Exoplanets.
The Globular Clusters are the oldest objects in the universe for which we can give a precise estimate of the age and obtain fundamental information of the primordial universe. In the past, it was believed they are composed by simple stellar populations, i.e., stars with the same chemical composition, formed in a short temporal interval. Our group, world leader in this field, has shown that these objects contain many distinct stellar populations, characterized by different light elements content.
All the projects are illustrated in more details in section Stellar Populations.

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