My name is Alessandro Patruno and I am a professional astronomer. I got a Ph.D. from the University of Amsterdam in 2009 (see my publications). I’ve worked in several research institutes across the world and am passionate about teaching, outreach, and science in general.
The key objective of my research is to carry on fundamental physics research by using a unique astrophysical laboratory: neutron stars. With these objects, we can study still unexplored regimes of two of the four fundamental forces of Nature: the strong force and gravity. The study of neutron stars and their enigmatic behavior is done by using modern ground-based and space astronomical observatories that are able to record radiation from the radio waveband up to X-rays. My group and I also use state-of-the-art numerical codes to perform simulations of accreting neutron stars.
I am also the Principal Scientist of the Wide Field Monitor that will observe the sky between 2 and 50 keV aboard the enhanced X-ray Timing and Polarimetry mission (eXTP), a space mission led by China with the contribution of two instruments from a European consortium of universities and research centers.
Part of the content of this website is created in collaboration with other professional astronomers.