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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



Modelling ion populations in astrophysical plasmas: carbon in the solar transition region
RP Dufresne, G Del Zanna
– Astronomy and 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 and Astrophysics
Elemental composition in quiescent prominences
S Parenti, G Del Zanna, JC Vial
– Astronomy and Astrophysics
Uncertainties on atomic data. A case study: N iv
G Del Zanna, L Fernández-Menchero, NR Badnell
– Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
The EUV spectrum of the Sun: Quiet- and active-Sun irradiances and chemical composition
G Del Zanna
– Astronomy and Astrophysics
On the Importance of Gradients in the Low‐Energy Electron Phase Space Density for Relativistic Electron Acceleration
HJ Allison, RB Horne, SA Glauert, G Del Zanna
– Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics
Solar Cell Degradation Due to Proton Belt Enhancements During Electric Orbit Raising to GEO
AR Lozinski, RB Horne, SA Glauert, G Del Zanna, D Heynderickx, HDR Evans
– Space Weather
Flare-related Recurring Active Region Jets: Evidence for Very Hot Plasma
SM Mulay, S Matthews, T Hasegawa, G Del Zanna, H Mason, T Shimizu
– Solar Physics
Benchmarking Atomic Data from Large-scale Multiconfiguration Dirac–Hartree–Fock Calculations for Astrophysics: S-like Ions from Cr ix to Cu xiv
K Wang, CX Song, P Jönsson, GD Zanna, S Schiffmann, M Godefroid, G Gaigalas, XH Zhao, R Si, CY Chen, J Yan
– The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series
Solar UV and X-ray spectral diagnostics
G Del Zanna, HE Mason
– Living Reviews in Solar Physics
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Research Groups

Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics
Atomic Astrophysics




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