Part of the Physics Department at the University of Milano Bicocca

Research areas

The astrophysics unit leads several high-profile research programmes in three main areas of astrophysics: experimental cosmology, the physics of cosmic structures, the properties of compact objects as sources of gravitational waves. We are partner in major international collaborations and we are principal investigators of some the most ambitious observational and theoretical programmes aimed at understanding the nature of our Universe, the formation of cosmic structures, and the origin of gravitational waves.

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Experimental cosmology

We are active in measurements and observations of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB), galactic polarized emission, large scale cosmic structure, clusters of galaxies, and cosmic rays.

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Cosmic structure formation

We study the formation and evolution of galaxies by combining observations with world-class 8-10m telescopes and state-of-the-art theoretical and numerical models and simulations.

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Compact objects and gravitational waves

We study compact objects, such as neutron stars and black holes, via their gravitational wave and electromagnetic emission, and by combining numerical simulations with observations.

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The Astrophysics Unit offers within the Department of Physics a wide range of learning opportunities in Astrophysics and Space Science. Whether you are looking to obtain a PhD or a Master Degree in Astrophysics or complete a MSc/BS thesis in our unit, explore the offering of our teaching programme.

Master in Astrophysics

We offer an international Master in Astrophysics (in English) covering all key areas of modern astrophysics and data analysis through interactive lectures, research projects, and laboratories.

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PhD programme

We offer a curriculum in Astrophysics within the PhD programme of the Physics Department. Research in one of our key areas is at the core of this programme.

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Latest News & Events

During the academic year, we organise several events including seminars, group meetings, workshops and conferences. Browse our calendar to find out upcoming events.

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Here are the latest updates on our research and teaching activities. Visit our blog to read all our news.

A starless dark matter halo finally found?

Artistic representation of the underlying gas distribution traced by the observed emission at the location of Cloud-9. Recent observations with the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) detected marginally-resolved extended gas[…]

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6 November 2023 0

Milano-Bicocca plays key role in first evidence for nanoherz gravitational waves

A group of astrophysicists at Milano-Bicocca, led by Alberto Sesana, has contributed to the first evidence of nanoherz gravitational waves! On June 29th, 2023, the European Pulsar Timing Array (EPTA)[…]

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1 July 2023 0

BiCoQ: a new research centre for quantitative cosmology

The Bicocca Centre for Quantitative Cosmology (BiCoQ) is a new research centre within the Department of Physics “G. Occhialini” of the University of Milano-Bicocca, which is devoted to the study[…]

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19 June 2023 0

Open Positions

Troughout the year, there are opportunities to join our  research staff and to enrol in our PhD and MSc programmes.

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