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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



Fe iii  emission in quasars: evidence for a dense turbulent medium
MJ Temple, GJ Ferland, AL Rankine, PC Hewett, NR Badnell, CP Ballance, G Del Zanna, RP Dufresne
– Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Plasma Diagnostics from Active Region and Quiet-Sun Spectra Observed by Hinode/EIS: Quantifying the Departures from a Maxwellian Distribution
J Lörinčík, J Dudík, G Del Zanna, E Dzifčáková, HE Mason
– The Astrophysical Journal
Large-scale Multiconfiguration Dirac-Hartree-Fock Calculations for Astrophysics: N = 4 Levels in P-like Ions from Mn Xi to Ni XIV
CX Song, K Wang, K Wang, G Del Zanna, P Jönsson, R Si, M Godefroid, G Gaigalas, L Radžiūtė, P Rynkun, XH Zhao, J Yan, CY Chen
– The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series
Roadmap on cosmic EUV and x-ray spectroscopy
R Smith, M Hahn, J Raymond, T Kallman, CP Ballance, V Polito, G Del Zanna, L Gu, N Hell, R Cumbee, G Betancourt-Martinez, E Costantini, L Corrales
– Journal of Physics B Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics
Large-scale Multiconfiguration Dirac–Hartree–Fock Calculations for Astrophysics: Cl-like Ions from Cr viii to Zn xiv
K Wang, K Wang, K Wang, P Jönsson, G Del Zanna, M Godefroid, ZB Chen, CY Chen, J Yan
– Astrophysical Journal, Supplement Series
Study of the spatial association between an active region jet and a nonthermal type~${\rm III}$ radio burst
SM Mulay, R Sharma, G Valori, AM Vásquez, G Del Zanna, H Mason, D Oberoi
– Astronomy & Astrophysics
Hinode EIS line widths in the quiet corona up to 1.5 R-circle dot
G Del Zanna, GR Gupta, HE Mason
– Astronomy & Astrophysics
Achievements of Hinode in the first eleven years
K Al-Janabi, P Antolin, D Baker, LR Bellot Rubio, L Bradley, DH Brooks, R Centeno, JL Culhane, G Del Zanna, GA Doschek, L Fletcher, H Hara, LK Harra, AS Hillier, S Imada, JA Klimchuk, JT Mariska, TMD Pereira, KK Reeves, T Sakao, T Sakurai, T Shimizu, M Shimojo, D Shiota, SK Solanki, AC Sterling, Y Su, Y Suematsu, TD Tarbell, SK Tiwari, S Toriumi, I Ugarte-Urra, HP Warren, T Watanabe, PR Young
– Publications of the Astronomical Society of Japan
Unfolding Overlapped Slitless Imaging Spectrometer Data for Extended Sources
AR Winebarger, M Weber, C Bethge, C Downs, L Golub, E Deluca, S Savage, GD Zanna, J Samra, C Madsen, A Ashraf, C Carter
– The Astrophysical Journal
Solar microflares: A case study on temperatures and the Fe » XVIII emission
U Mitra-Kraev, G Del Zanna
– Astronomy & Astrophysics
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Research Groups

Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics
Atomic Astrophysics




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