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Faculty of Mathematics



  • 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



Helium Line Emissivities in the Solar Corona
GD Zanna, PJ Storey, NR Badnell, V Andretta
– 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
– Astrophysical Journal, Supplement Series
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
– Astrophysical Journal
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
– The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series
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 et al.
– Publications of the Astronomical Society of Japan
Solar microflares: a case study on temperatures and the Fe XVIII emission
U Mitra-Kraev, G Del Zanna
– Astronomy and Astrophysics
Coronal Plasma Characterization via Coordinated Infrared and Extreme Ultraviolet Observations of a Total Solar Eclipse
CA Madsen, JE Samra, G Del Zanna, EE Deluca
– The Astrophysical Journal
Modelling ion populations in astrophysical plasmas: carbon in the solar transition region
RP Dufresne, G Del Zanna
– Astronomy & Astrophysics
Signatures of the non-Maxwellian $κ$-distributions in optically thin line spectra. II. Synthetic Fe XVII--XVIII X-ray coronal spectra and predictions for the Marshall Grazing-Incidence X-ray Spectrometer (MaGIXS)
J Dudík, E Dzifčáková, G Del Zanna, HE Mason, LL Golub, AR Winebarger, SL Savage
– Astronomy & Astrophysics
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Research Groups

Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics
Atomic Astrophysics




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