Lorenzo Amati was born in Modena, Italy, in 1966. He graduated in astronomy at the University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy in 1991 and received the Ph.D. degree in astronomy from Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy in 1999. Since 1998, Amati serves as a Research Staff Member at the Institute of Space Astrophysics and Cosmic Physics (IASF) in Bologna, which is part of the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF). He is also appointed as an Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of the International Center for Relativistic Astrophysics Network (ICRANet). His field of research is high-energy astrophysics, with particular emphasis on gamma-ray bursts (GRB) studies. In this respect, his research highlights include the discovery (in 2000) of a triansient X-ray absorption edge in the first 13 seconds of GRB 990705, leading to the first estimate of a GRB redshift based on X-ray data and the discovery of a strong correlation between the photon energy at which GRB spectra peaks and their radiated energy (known as "Amati relation"), which has relevant implicaiton for the physics and possible cosmological use of these phenomena. Amati is also involved in the study (science case and instrument concept) of future missions for GRB studies and dedicates a minor part of his research work to the study of X-ray binaries.
Biography Updated on 6 February 2011