Gioia Rau

Gioia Rau

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

    Dr. Gioia Rau joined in November 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 cool evolved stars with HST high-resolution spectroscopic observations, and ESO/VLTI optical interferometric 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

    Wittkowski, M., G. Rau, A. Chiavassa, et al. S. Höfner, M. Scholz, P. R. Wood, W. J. de Wit, F. Eisenhauer, X. Haubois, and T. Paumard. 2018. "VLTI-GRAVITY measurements of cool evolved stars." Astronomy & Astrophysics, 613: L7 [10.1051/0004-6361/201833029]

    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 November 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 cool evolved stars with HST high-resolution spectroscopic observations, and ESO/VLTI optical interferometric data. 

     

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

    Publications

    Refereed

    Wittkowski, M., G. Rau, A. Chiavassa, et al. S. Höfner, M. Scholz, P. R. Wood, W. J. de Wit, F. Eisenhauer, X. Haubois, and T. Paumard. 2018. "VLTI-GRAVITY measurements of cool evolved stars." Astronomy & Astrophysics 613 L7 [10.1051/0004-6361/201833029]

    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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