Damiano Caprioli

Assistant Professor

Damiano Caprioli
ERC 511
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PhD, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, 2009

Research Fields

  • Kinetic theory and simulation of astrophysical plasmas
  • Origin and propagation of cosmic rays
  • Phenomenology of supernova remnants, pulsars, and galaxy clusters
  • Shocks and energetic particles in the heliosphere
  • Cosmic ray feedback in galaxy formation and dynamics
  • Laboratory plasmas

Research Groups

  • TOP (Top-One-Percent) Group (Leader)


  • Cory Cotter (graduate/Astronomy and Astrophysics)
  • Rebecca Diesing (graduate/Astronomy and Astrophysics)
  • Rostom Mbarek (graduate/Astronomy and Astrophysics)
  • Georgios Zacharegkas (graduate/Astronomy and Astrophysics)


I am interested in the study of high-energy astrophysical phenomena and in particular the non-thermal nature of astrophysical plasmas. I use both analytical and numerical (particle-in-cells simulations) to study how particles can be accelerated to the highest energies in the universe. Energetic particles, detected at Earth as cosmic rays, are also responsible for the production of non-thermal radiation from radio to gamma-rays, which provides us with a prominent way of testing their sources. Such physical mechanisms are at the core of the most violent phenomena in the universe, such as stellar explosions (supernovae, kilonovae, gamma-ray bursts), supernova remnants, active galactic nuclei and their jets, pulsars, and more. I am also interested in other ways of testing particle acceleration in laboratory plasma experiments and through in-situ measurements in the heliosphere, and in the role of non-thermal particles and magnetic fields in galaxy evolution.