Gioia Rau

Gioia Rau

  • Post-Doc
  • 301.286.6322
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 667
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • 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 research scientist. She received her PhD from the University of Vienna in October 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 high-angular resolution optical interferometric data. 

    Teaching Experience

    Astronomy Lecture (undergrad), CUA Oct./Nov. 2019

    Positions/Employment

    11/2017 - Present

    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., K. Ohnaka, M. Wittkowski, V. Airapetian, and K. G. Carpenter. 2019. "Constraining stellar parameters and atmospheric dynamics of the carbon AGB star V Oph." ApJ, 882 (37): 16 [10.3847/1538-4357/ab3419]

    Rau, G., R. Montez, K. Carpenter, et al. M. Wittkowski, S. Bladh, M. Karovska, V. Airapetian, T. Ayres, M. Boyer, and A. Chiavassa. 2019. "Cool, evolved stars: results, challenges, and promises for the next decade." baas, 51: 241.

    Rau, G., K. E. Nielsen, K. G. Carpenter, and V. Airapetian. 2018. "HST/GHRS Observations of Cool, Low-gravity Stars. VI. Mass-loss Rates and Wind Parameters for M Giants." The Astrophysical Journal, 869 (1): 1 [10.3847/1538-4357/aaf0a0]

    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]

    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]

    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]

    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, 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]

    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]

    Talks, Presentations and Posters

    Invited

    Invited review talk at the AAS Special Session 2020

    1 / 5 / 2019

    AAS Special Session - "Imaging Stars: A Century of Advances in High Angular Resolution Astronomy"
    Saturday, January 4, 2020 - Wednesday, 8 January 2020 

    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 research scientist. She received her PhD from the University of Vienna in October 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 high-angular resolution optical interferometric data. 

    Publications

    Refereed

    Rau, G., K. Ohnaka, M. Wittkowski, V. Airapetian, and K. G. Carpenter. 2019. "Constraining stellar parameters and atmospheric dynamics of the carbon AGB star V Oph." ApJ 882 (37): 16 [10.3847/1538-4357/ab3419]

    Rau, G., R. Montez, K. Carpenter, et al. M. Wittkowski, S. Bladh, M. Karovska, V. Airapetian, T. Ayres, M. Boyer, and A. Chiavassa. 2019. "Cool, evolved stars: results, challenges, and promises for the next decade." baas 51 241

    Rau, G., K. E. Nielsen, K. G. Carpenter, and V. Airapetian. 2018. "HST/GHRS Observations of Cool, Low-gravity Stars. VI. Mass-loss Rates and Wind Parameters for M Giants." The Astrophysical Journal 869 (1): 1 [10.3847/1538-4357/aaf0a0]

    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]

    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]

    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]

    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, 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]

    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]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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