Francesco LEONE

Full Professor of Astronomy and astrophysics [FIS/05]

Francesco Leone

July         15, 1985  Degree in Physics at the Catania University

January    1, 1988  Staff Astronomer at the Catania Astrophysical Observatory

December 1, 2006  Associate Professor at the DFA of Catania University

Scientific Interest. Stellar Physics; Stellar Atmospheres; Magnetospheres; Radiative Transfer in Magnetised Plasmas; Atomic Physics; Laboratory Plasmas for Astrophysics

Technological Activity. Polarimeters for: Imaging, High Resolution Spectroscopy and High (ns) Time Photometry

Collaborations: Km3Net, MAGIC, PLUS (Scientific Board member) for High Energy Astrophysics

Publications are in the right tag. Latest relevant papers:

Optical and ultraviolet pulsed emission from an accreting millisecond pulsar. Nature Astronomy  (accepted)

Discovery of Ground-state Absorption Line Polarization and Sub-Gauss Magnetic Field in the Post-AGB Binary System 89 Her.  The Astrophysical Journal Letters 902, L7, 2020 

Observations of inverse Compton emission from a long gamma-ray burst. Nature 575, 459, 2019

Teraelectronvolt emission from the gamma-ray burst GRB 190114C. Nature 575, 455, 2019

A Method to Measure the Transverse Magnetic Field and Orient the Rotational Axis of Stars. The Astrophsycal Journal 848, 107, 2017 

Duties: Head of the Astrophysical Section of Physics and Astronomy Department


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Academic Year 2015/2016

The research activity in Astrophysics is focused on radiative transfer in magnetised plasmas. Mainly:

High Energy Astrophysics research is within the collaborations:

    Plasma in Laboratory and Universe Systems (PLUS,,

    Major Atmospheric Gamma-ray Imaging Cherenkov Telescopes (MAGIC, and

    Km3Net (Neutrino Telescope in the Mediterranean,