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Fulvia Pucci

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 169-506
Pasadena, CA 91109



Curriculum Vitae:

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Interstellar and Heliospheric Physics


Fulvia's research focuses on plasma instability and turbulence, with application to space and astrophysical environments. She worked on models providing explanation for triggering fast magnetic reconnection, and performed reconnection simulations in fluid and kinetic frameworks, with application to the solar atmosphere and Earth's magnetosphere. During her postdoc in Princeton she worked on magneto-rotational instability in non-ideal protoplanetary disks, using the magnetohydrodynamic (mhd) code Athena++. She will develop this research further at JPL, with Dr. Neal Turner, with the goal of reproducing realistic environments for the planet formation, i.e. chemistry, radiation and dust, finally providing information for the detection of young giant planets.


PhD in Astronomy, Astrophysics and Space Science Rome, Italy 2013 – 2016

Laurea Magistrale in Fisica e Astrofisica Florence, Italy 2011 – 2013

Laurea Triennale in Fisica e Astronomia Florence, Italy 2006 – 2011

Professional Experience

Research Associate LASP, UC Boulder (2019)

Postdoctoral Researcher Fellow NINS-Princeton Collaboration Toki, Japan - Princeton, NJ, US (2017-2019)

UCLA Visiting Graduate Researcher Los Angeles, California (2014-2016)

JPL Year-Round Internship Program 2013 Pasadena, California (2013)

Community Service

The Athena++ Project. She will be working with the Athena ++ open source MHD code developed by Prof. James Stone, to which scientists from all over the world contribute. She is a member of the IRCC-AFP collaboration (International Research Collaboration Center-Astro-Fusion-Plasma) to enhance the collaboration activity between US, Japan and Max Plank Institute, promoting the interdisciplinary scope of research.

Research Interests

Astrophysics, Plasma Physics, Heliophysics and Planetary Science. Cosmology and General Relativity.

Selected Awards

Premio Vincenzo Ferraro, IV edition 2014