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Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics


  • 2012-date:  Senior Research Associate, DAMTP, University of Cambridge
  • 2008-2012: STFC Advanced Fellow, DAMTP, University of Cambridge
  • 2007-2008: PPARC/STFC  Advanced Fellow, MSSL, University College London
  • 2004-2007: Research Fellow, MSSL, University College London
  • 2002-2004:  Research Associate, DAMTP, University of Cambridge
  • 2001:  Research Associate,  University of Florence, Italy
  • 1999-2001:  Research Associate, DAMTP, University of Cambridge


I am a member of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics  Atomic Astrophysics research group. My current research interests are on energy transfer processes in the solar corona.

Atomic physics calculations and plasma diagnostic techniques applied to XUV spectroscopic observations allow the measurements of plasma parameters such as electron density, temperature, chemical abundances. In conjunction with modeling, they can help us in understanding how magnetic energy is transferred into heat in all varieties of solar coronal features, from active region loops to solar flares.

I have also been working on measuring the solar EUV irradiance and its variations during the last solar cycle, and how these variations can be modeled and models applied to other stars.

I contributed to atomic data calculations (within the UK APAP network), to line identifications and benchmarking atomic data against laboratory and astrophysical spectra, to atomic data distribution via the CHIANTI atomic database and VAMDC.


Selected Publications (most recent)

Atomic data

  • Young, Peter R.; Dere, Ken P.; Landi, E.; Del Zanna, G.; Mason, H.E, 2016, The CHIANTI atomic database, J Phys. B, accepted (arXiv151205620Y)
  • Del Zanna, G., and Badnell, N. R.,2016, Atomic Data for Astrophysics: Ni XII, A&A, 585, A118
  • Del Zanna, G., and Badnell, N. R.,2016, Atomic data and density diagnostics for S IV, MNRAS, in press
  • Del Zanna, G.,Dere, K., Young, P.R., Landi, E., and Mason, H.E., 2015, CHIANTI - An atomic databasefor Emission Lines. Version 8, A&A, 582, A56
  • Del Zanna, G., Badnell, N. R., Fern´andez-Menchero, L., Liang, G., Mason, H.E., and Storey, P.J., 2015, On the validity of the ICFT R-matrix method: Fe XIV, MNRAS, 454, 2909
  • Fernandez-Menchero, L.,  Del Zanna, G., and Badnell, N. R., 2015, Validity of the ICFT R-matrix method: Be-like Al9+ a case study, MNRAS, 450, 4174
  • Fernandez-Menchero, L., Del Zanna , G., and Badnell, N. R., 2015, Resolution of the forbidden (J = 0 0)excitation puzzle in Mg-like ions , A&A, 577, A95 
  • Del Zanna, G., Fernandez-Menchero, L., Badnell, N.R., 2014, Benchmarking atomic Data for Astrophysics: Si III, A&A, 574, A99



The Solar Particle Acceleration Radiation and Kinetics (SPARK) Mission Concept
HAS Reid, S Musset, DF Ryan, V Andretta, F Auchère, D Baker, F Benvenuto, P Browning, É Buchlin, A Calcines Rosario, SD Christe, AJ Corso, J Dahlin, S Dalla, G Del Zanna, C Denker, J Dudík, R Erdélyi, I Ermolli, L Fletcher, A Fludra, LM Green, M Gordovskyy, SL Guglielmino, I Hannah, R Harrison, LA Hayes, AR Inglis, NLS Jeffrey, J Kašparová, GS Kerr, C Kintziger, EP Kontar, S Krucker, T Laitinen, P Laurent, O Limousin, DM Long, SA Maloney, P Massa, AM Massone, S Matthews, T Mrozek, VM Nakariakov, S Parenti, M Piana, V Polito, M Pesce-Rollins, P Romano, AP Rouillard, C Sasso, AY Shih, M Stęślicki, D Orozco Suárez, L Teriaca, M Verma, AM Veronig, N Vilmer, C Vocks, A Warmuth
– Aerospace
CHIANTI—An Atomic Database for Emission Lines. XVII. Version 10.1: Revised Ionization and Recombination Rates and Other Updates*
KP Dere, G Del Zanna, PR Young, E Landi
– The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series
Evolution of Elemental Abundances in Hot Active Region Cores from Chandrayaan-2 XSM Observations
B Mondal, SV Vadawale, G Del Zanna, NPS Mithun, A Sarkar, HE Mason, P Janardhan, A Bhardwaj
– The Astrophysical Journal
New atomic data for C i Rydberg states compared with solar UV spectra
PJ Storey, RP Dufresne, G Del Zanna
– Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Hinode EIS: updated in-flight radiometric calibration
GD Zanna, M Weberg, HP Warren
New atomic data for C I Rydberg states compared with solar UV spectra
PJ Storey, RP Dufresne, GD Zanna
Defining the Middle Corona
MJ West, DB Seaton, DB Wexler, JC Raymond, G Del Zanna, YJ Rivera, AR Kobelski, B Chen, C DeForest, L Golub, A Caspi, CR Gilly, JE Kooi, KA Meyer, BL Alterman, N Alzate, V Andretta, F Auchère, D Banerjee, D Berghmans, P Chamberlin, LP Chitta, C Downs, S Giordano, L Harra, A Higginson, RA Howard, P Kumar, E Mason, JP Mason, RJ Morton, K Nykyri, R Patel, L Rachmeler, KP Reardon, KK Reeves, S Savage, BJ Thompson, SJ Van Kooten, NM Viall, A Vourlidas, AN Zhukov
– Sol Phys
A benchmark study of atomic models for the transition region against quiet Sun observations
RP Dufresne, G Del Zanna, HE Mason
– Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
The First Flight of the Marshall Grazing Incidence X-Ray Spectrometer (MaGIXS)
SL Savage, AR Winebarger, K Kobayashi, PS Athiray, D Beabout, L Golub, RW Walsh, B Beabout, S Bradshaw, AR Bruccoleri, PR Champey, P Cheimets, J Cirtain, EE DeLuca, G Del Zanna, J Dudík, A Guillory, H Haight, RK Heilmann, E Hertz, W Hogue, J Kegley, J Kolodziejczak, C Madsen, H Mason, DE McKenzie, J Ranganathan, KK Reeves, B Robertson, ML Schattenburg, J Scholvin, R Siler, P Testa, GD Vigil, HP Warren, B Watkinson, B Weddendorf, E Wright
– The Astrophysical Journal
Role of Small-scale Impulsive Events in Heating the X-Ray Bright Points of the Quiet Sun
B Mondal, JA Klimchuk, SV Vadawale, A Sarkar, G Del Zanna, PS Athiray, NPS Mithun, HE Mason, A Bhardwaj
– Astrophysical Journal
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Atomic Astrophysics




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