Maria Letizia PUMO

Researcher of Astronomy and astrophysics [FIS/05]
Office: DFA 358 - OAC 89
Phone: 5237 (DFA) - 319 (OAC)
Office Hours: Monday from 10:00 to 12:00 | Wednesday from 10:00 to 12:00 (unless there are hindrances due to force majeure). Contact me by email to arrange other days, timings or remote reception.

Since 2018 she is researcher of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Department of Physics and Astronomy "Ettore Majorana", University of Catania, Italy.

Since 2019 she has the National Academic Qualification as Associate Professor. 

P.S. see section "Curriculum" for details.

Maria Letizia Piera PUMO graduated in Physics summa cum laude from the University of Catania in 2003. In 2007 she received her PhD in Physics with honors at the same University. She has carried out her scientific activity at various research institutions in Italy and abroad (among which the Istitut d'Astronomie et d'Astrophysique dell'Université Libre de Bruxelles (IAA-ULB), the National Institute for Astrophysics, and the Padua University), and now she works at the University of Catania. Her scientific interests range from the study of the stellar evolution and correlated nucleosynthesis to nuclear and computational astrophysics. In particular, since 2008 she has focused her research activity on the study of so-called supernova events. She also carried out (and is currently carring out) teaching activities in some departments of the University of Catania (department of Physics and Astronomy "Ettore Majorana"  and department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering). She has been (and is currently) supervisor/co-supervisor of some experimental theses and she is in the accademic board of the PhD course in Physics. She is author/co-author of more than 60 scientific publications, 22 of which as principal author or "by invitation", cited to date over 4700 times (h index = 27, g index = 59, m index = 1.7; indices taken from the "SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data system"). She presented over 40 scientific works at national and international congresses, some of which "by invitation". She is/was principal investigator or co-investigator of numerous national and international research projects, including the PESSTO, ePESSTO and ePESSTO+ projects of the European Southern Observatory which boast the participation of the 2011 Nobel Prize for physics B. Schmidt. She received various awards for her scientific work ("Pietro Tacchini" award in 2007, international prize "Padova Città delle stelle" in 2008; "XXXII concorso" Bonino-Pulejo foundation in 2010; international award "Young BPW EUROPE" in 2011; "Aquila d'Argento" award in 2012).


P.S. last update: November 2021

Author/co-author of over 60 scientific publications (a complete list of publications by Dr. Pumo can be found in the official IRIS catalogue of University of Catania and at the link,+M.L.&nr_to_return=9999 or*%3A*%20author%3A%22Pumo%2Cm.l.%22&sort=date%20desc%2C%20bibcode%20desc&p_=0).

Some of the most recent and representative publications by Dr. Pumo are listed below:

- Reguitti, A., Pumo, M.L., Mazzali, P.A., et al. (2021).  Low luminosity Type II supernovae - III. SN 2018hwm, a faint event with an unusually long plateau. MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY,  vol. 501, p. 1059-1071, ISSN: 0035-8711, doi:10.1093/mnras/staa3730;

-  Tomasella, L., Cappellaro, E., Pumo, M.L., et al. (2018). SNe 2013K and 2013am: Observed and physical properties of two slow, normal Type IIP events. MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY, vol. 475, p. 1937-1959, ISSN: 0035-8711, doi: 10.1093/mnras/stx3220;

- Smartt, S. J., Chen, T. -W., Jerkstrand, A., [...], Pumo, M.L., et al. (2017). A kilonova as the electromagnetic counterpart to a gravitational-wave source. NATURE, vol. 551, p. 75-79, ISSN: 0028-0836, doi: 10.1038/nature24303;

- Terreran, G., Pumo, M.L., Chen, T. -W., et al. (2017). Hydrogen-rich supernovae beyond the neutrino-driven core-collapse paradigm. NATURE ASTRONOMY, vol. 1, p. 713-720, ISSN: 2397-3366, doi: 10.1038/s41550-017-0228-8;

- Pumo M.L., Zampieri L, Spiro S, et al. (2017). Radiation-hydrodynamical modelling of underluminous Type II plateau supernovae. MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY, vol. 464, p. 3013-3020, ISSN: 0035-8711, doi: 10.1093/mnras/stw2625;

- Orlando S., Miceli M., Pumo M.L., Bocchino F. (2016). Modeling SNR Cassiopeia A from the Supernova Explosion to its Current Age: The role of post-explosion anisotropies of ejecta. THE ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL, vol. 822, ISSN: 0004-637X, doi: 10.3847/0004-637X/822/1/22;

- Takats K., Pignata G., Pumo M.L., et al. (2015). SN 2009ib: A Type II-P Supernova with an Unusually Long Plateau. MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY, vol. 450, ISSN: 0035-8711, doi: 10.1093/mnras/stv857;

- Orlando S., Miceli M., Pumo M.L., Bocchino F. (2015). Supernova 1987A: a Template to Link Supernovae to Their Remnants. THE ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL, vol. 810, ISSN: 0004-637X, doi: 10.1088/0004-637X/810/2/168;

- Takats K., Pumo M.L., Elias-Rosa N., et al.  (2014). SN 2009N: Linking normal and subluminous type II-P SNe. MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY, vol. 438, ISSN: 1365-2966, doi: 10.1093/mnras/stt2203;

- Dall'Ora M., Botticella M. T., Pumo M.L., et al. (2014). The Type IIP Supernova 2012aw in M95: hydrodynamical modelling of the photospheric phase from accurate spectrophotometric monitoring. THE ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL, vol. 787, ISSN: 0004-637X, doi: 10.1088/0004-637X/787/2/139;

- Spiro S., Pastorello A., Pumo M.L., et al. (2014). Underluminous Type II Plateau Supernovae: II. Pointing towards moderate mass precursors. MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY, vol. 439, p. 2873-2892, ISSN: 1365-2966, doi: 10.1093/mnras/stu156;

- Pumo M.L., Zampieri L (2013). Calibration relations for Core-Collapse Supernovae. MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY, vol. 434, ISSN: 1365-2966, doi: 10.1093/mnras/stt1256;

-  Pastorello A, Pumo M.L., Navasardyan H, et al.  (2012). SN 2009E: a faint clone of SN 1987A. ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS, vol. 537, ISSN: 0004-6361, doi: 10.1051/0004-6361/201118112;

-  Pumo M.L., Zampieri L. (2011). Radiation-hydrodynamical Modeling of Core-collapse Supernovae: Light Curves and the Evolution of Photospheric Velocity and Temperature. THE ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL, vol. 741, ISSN: 0004-637X, doi: 10.1088/0004-637X/741/1/41;

- Pumo M.L., Contino G, Bonanno A, Zappalà R.A (2010). Convective overshooting and production of s-nuclei in massive stars during their core He-burning phase,. ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS, vol. 524, ISSN: 0004-6361, doi: 10.1051/0004-6361/201015518;

- Pumo M.L., Turatto M, Botticella M. T, et al. (2009). EC-SNe from Super-Asymptotic Giant Branch Progenitors: Theoretical Models Versus Observations. THE ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL, vol. 705, p. L138-L142, ISSN: 0004-637X, doi: 10.1088/0004-637X/705/2/L138;

- Pumo M.L., D'Antona F, Ventura P (2008). Self-Enrichment in Globular Clusters: Is There a Role for the Super-Asymptotic Giant Branch Stars?. THE ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL, vol. 672, p. L25-L28, ISSN: 0004-637X.

Insegnamenti tenuti presso altri dipartimenti

    A.Y. 2021/2022 - Corso di laurea in Computer Engineering - 1 Year
    PHYSICS I A - Co

    A.Y. 2020/2021 - Corso di laurea in Computer Engineering - 1 Year
    PHYSICS I A - Co

    A.Y. 2019/2020 - Corso di laurea in Computer Engineering - 1 Year
    PHYSICS I A - Co

    A.Y. 2016/2017 - Corso di laurea in Electronic Engineering - 1 Year
    PHYSICS I - canale 4
  • supernova events

  • stellar evolution and correlated nucleosynthesis

  • nuclear astrophysics

  • computational astrophysics

P.S. see section "Curriculum" for details.

  • speaker at national and international congresses

  • pricipal investigator and/or co-investigator of national and international research projects

  • dissemination activities

P.S. see section "Curriculum" for details.