Gaetano Maria BELVEDERE

Professor of Astronomy and astrophysics [FIS/05]
N.B. This person no longer works for this Department

Email: gaetano.belvedere@oact.inaf.it


Assistant Professor of Astronomy 1971. Associate Professor of Experimental Physics since 1983. Full Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics since 2003. 

Member of the Board of the Italian Astronomical Society 1981-1985. Member of the Board of the Solar Physics Section of the European Physical Society 1993-1999. Director of the Institute of Astronomy of Catania University 1997-2000. Head of the Astrophysics Section of the Department of Physics and Astronomy of Catania University since 2000. 

Co-organizer of five European Physical Society Study Conferences in the field of solar and stellar physics, and of accretion discs.

Member of the SOC of several other international meetings.

Co-chairman of the SOC of the XLIX Meeting of the Italian Astronomical Society (2005).

RESEARCH ACTIVITY:

a) SOLAR PHYSICS: Differential rotation, activity cycle.

b) STELLAR PHYSICS: Magnetohydrodynamics of rotating plasmas; convection and differential rotation; dynamo mechanism of stellar magnetic activity; X-ray emission from stellar coronae.

c) ACCRETION DISCS: analytical models of accretion discs in binary systems; role of the magnetic field and angular momentum; X-ray emission. Tri-dimensional simulations of accretion disc formation, structure and dynamics, quiescent and active phases of cataclysmic variables; shock waves.

Scientific production of essentially theoretical character. 200 publications among articles, invited reviews, contributions to meetings and edited books.