Gioia Rau

Gioia Rau

  • Post-Doc
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Employer: CATHOLIC UNIV OF AMERICA
  • Brief Bio

    Dr. Gioia Rau joined in 2017 NASA's Goddard laboratory of Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics as a postdoc. She received her PhD from the University of Vienna in 2016, and afterwards visited ESO/Garching working on interferometric data obtained with the newest VLTI/GRAVITY infrared instrument. Her current research involves studies of evolved stars with HST and ESO/VLTI data. 

     

    http://homepage.univie.ac.at/gioia.rau/Home.html

    Positions/Employment

    11/2017 - Present

    Postdoctoral Research Scientist

    NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt (MD)
    4/2017 - 6/2017

    Visiting Research Scientist

    ESO (European Southern Observatory), Garching (Germany)
    1/2017 - 7/2017

    Postdoc

    University of Vienna, Vienna (Austria)
    10/2012 - 10/2016

    PhD student

    University of Vienna, Institute for Astrophysics, Vienna (Austria)
    2/2011 - 4/2011

    Visiting Student

    CalTech/NASA JPL, Pasadena (CA)
    2008 - 2011

    Scientific explainer

    Planetarium of Rome, Rome (Italy)

    Education

    Ph.D., Astronomy, with Honors, University of Vienna ( Oct. 2016)

    M.S., Astrophysics, Magna Cum Laude, University of Rome La Sapienza (2011)

    B.S., Physics, University of Rome La Sapienza (2009)

    Awards

    2011

    Fellowship for developing the thesis abroad (University of Rome La Sapienza - 3K €)

    2016:

    Dissertation Completion Fellowship (University of Vienna - 6K €)

    Grants

    10/06/2017 Schrödinger Fellowship, Austrian Science Fund (FWF)

    Cool stars winds and chromospheres;   P.I.

    Grant Amount: $164K €
    03/31/2017 PSL Fellowship (Declined), Paris/Meudon

    Observational study of the mass-loss mechanism in AGB stars, with the state-of-the-art high-angular resolution instruments;   P.I.

    Grant Amount: $55K €

    Publications

    Refereed

    Rau, G., J. Hron, C. Paladini, et al. B. Aringer, K. Eriksson, P. Marigo, W. Nowotny, and R. Grellmann. 2017. "The adventure of carbon stars." Astronomy & Astrophysics, 600: A92 [10.1051/0004-6361/201629337]

    Paladini, C., D. Klotz, S. Sacuto, et al. E. Lagadec, M. Wittkowski, A. Richichi, J. Hron, A. Jorissen, M. A. Groenewegen, F. Kerschbaum, T. Verhoelst, G. Rau, H. Olofsson, R. Zhao-Geisler, and A. Matter. 2017. "The VLTI/MIDI view on the inner mass loss of evolved stars from theHerschelMESS sample." Astronomy & Astrophysics, 600: A136 [10.1051/0004-6361/201527210]

    Cikota, A., F. Patat, S. Cikota, J. Spyromilio, and G. Rau. 2017. "Common continuum polarization properties: a possible link between proto-planetary nebulae and Type Ia Supernova progenitors." Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 471 (2): 2111–2116 [10.1093/mnras/stx1734]

    Bazsó, Á., E. Pilat-Lohinger, S. Eggl, et al. B. Funk, D. Bancelin, and G. Rau. 2016. "Dynamics and habitability in circumstellar planetary systems of known binary stars." Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 466 (2): 1555-1566 [10.1093/mnras/stw3095]

    Rau, G., C. Paladini, J. Hron, et al. B. Aringer, K. Eriksson, M. A. Groenewegen, and W. Nowotny. 2015. "The Carbon Stars Adventure." Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union, 11 (A29B): 160-161 [10.1017/s1743921316004701]

    Rau, G., C. Paladini, J. Hron, et al. B. Aringer, M. A. Groenewegen, and W. Nowotny. 2015. "Modelling the atmosphere of the carbon-rich Mira RU Virginis." Astronomy & Astrophysics, 583: A106 [10.1051/0004-6361/201526418]

    Selected Public Outreach

    Scientific guide 2009 - 2009
    http://www.astrieparticelle.it/it/home.html

    Scientific guide of the exhibition “Expo Astri e Particelle” at Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome

    Scientific explainer 2009 - 2009

    Scientific explainer at the Festival of Science: “L’ Universo”, Rome

    Public talk 2015 - 2015
    http://sternwartennaechte.univie.ac.at/2015/img_2015/Flyer_Oct.pdf

    Public talk “We are all Stardust” at the University of Vienna.

    Brief Bio

    Dr. Gioia Rau joined in 2017 NASA's Goddard laboratory of Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics as a postdoc. She received her PhD from the University of Vienna in 2016, and afterwards visited ESO/Garching working on interferometric data obtained with the newest VLTI/GRAVITY infrared instrument. Her current research involves studies of evolved stars with HST and ESO/VLTI data. 

     

    http://homepage.univie.ac.at/gioia.rau/Home.html

    Publications

    Refereed

    Rau, G., J. Hron, C. Paladini, et al. B. Aringer, K. Eriksson, P. Marigo, W. Nowotny, and R. Grellmann. 2017. "The adventure of carbon stars." Astronomy & Astrophysics 600 A92 [10.1051/0004-6361/201629337]

    Paladini, C., D. Klotz, S. Sacuto, et al. E. Lagadec, M. Wittkowski, A. Richichi, J. Hron, A. Jorissen, M. A. Groenewegen, F. Kerschbaum, T. Verhoelst, G. Rau, H. Olofsson, R. Zhao-Geisler, and A. Matter. 2017. "The VLTI/MIDI view on the inner mass loss of evolved stars from theHerschelMESS sample." Astronomy & Astrophysics 600 A136 [10.1051/0004-6361/201527210]

    Cikota, A., F. Patat, S. Cikota, J. Spyromilio, and G. Rau. 2017. "Common continuum polarization properties: a possible link between proto-planetary nebulae and Type Ia Supernova progenitors." Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 471 (2): 2111–2116 [10.1093/mnras/stx1734]

    Bazsó, Á., E. Pilat-Lohinger, S. Eggl, et al. B. Funk, D. Bancelin, and G. Rau. 2016. "Dynamics and habitability in circumstellar planetary systems of known binary stars." Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 466 (2): 1555-1566 [10.1093/mnras/stw3095]

    Rau, G., C. Paladini, J. Hron, et al. B. Aringer, K. Eriksson, M. A. Groenewegen, and W. Nowotny. 2015. "The Carbon Stars Adventure." Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union 11 (A29B): 160-161 [10.1017/s1743921316004701]

    Rau, G., C. Paladini, J. Hron, et al. B. Aringer, M. A. Groenewegen, and W. Nowotny. 2015. "Modelling the atmosphere of the carbon-rich Mira RU Virginis." Astronomy & Astrophysics 583 A106 [10.1051/0004-6361/201526418]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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