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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



Incorporating Uncertainties in Atomic Data into the Analysis of Solar and Stellar Observations: A Case Study in Fe XIII
X Yu, GD Zanna, DC Stenning, J Cisewski-Kehe, VL Kashyap, N Stein, DA Van Dyk, HP Warren, MA Weber
– The Astrophysical Journal
Predicting the COSIE-C Signal from the Outer Corona up to 3 Solar Radii
G Del Zanna, J Raymond, V Andretta, D Telloni, L Golub
– Astrophysical Journal
Energy Levels, Lifetimes, and Transition Rates for P-like Ions from Cr x to Zn xvi from Large-scale Relativistic Multiconfiguration Calculations
K Wang, P Jönsson, G Gaigalas, L Radžiute, P Rynkun, G Del Zanna, CY Chen
– Astrophysical Journal, Supplement Series
Solar Coronal Lines in the Visible and Infrared: A Rough Guide
G Del Zanna, EE Deluca
– The Astrophysical Journal
Determination of the Equatorial Electron Differential Flux From Observations at Low Earth Orbit
HJ Allison, RB Horne, SA Glauert, G Del Zanna
– Journal of Geophysical Research Space Physics
Cool and hot emission in a recurring active region jet
SM Mulay, G Del Zanna, H Mason
– Astronomy and Astrophysics
Spectroscopy of Very Hot Plasma in Non-flaring Parts of a Solar Limb Active Region: Spatial and Temporal Properties
S Parenti, G del Zanna, A Petralia, F Reale, L Teriaca, P Testa, HE Mason
– The Astrophysical Journal
The magnetic local time distribution of energetic electrons in the radiation belt region
HJ Allison, RB Horne, SA Glauert, GD Zanna
– Journal of Geophysical Research Space Physics
Nonequilibrium Processes in the Solar Corona, Transition Region, Flares, and Solar Wind (Invited Review)
J Dudík, E Dzifčáková, N Meyer-Vernet, G Del Zanna, PR Young, A Giunta, B Sylwester, J Sylwester, M Oka, HE Mason, C Vocks, L Matteini, S Krucker, DR Williams, Š Mackovjak
– Solar Physics
Non-Maxwellian Analysis of the Transition-region Line Profiles Observed by theInterface Region Imaging Spectrograph
J Dudik, V Polito, E Dzifčáková, GD Zanna, P Testa
– The Astrophysical Journal
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Research Groups

Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics
Atomic Astrophysics




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