Dante Minniti

Dante
Professor of Astrophysics, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas Universidad Andrés Bello, Chile
ORCID 0000-0002-7064-099X

Dante Minniti is Full Professor and former Director of the Astrophysics Doctorate at Universidad Andrés Bello, Chile

He did the undergraduate studies in Astronomy at the Universidad de Córdoba (Argentina), and obtained his PhD in 1993 at the University of Arizona (USA) and on 1998, another PhD at the Universidad de Córdoba (Argentina). He was Postdoctoral Fellow of the European Southern Observatory (Germany) in 1993-1996, and a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Postdoctoral Fellow (USA) and of the SuperMACHO Team since 2001, and leader of the VISTA Variables in the Via Lactea (VVV) Science Team since 2006. He is now president of the IAU Commission 3 “The Local Universe”. Dante is Editor for Astronomy & Astrophysics since 2019.

He has obtained several international research grants from NASA (USA), ALFA (European Union), CONICYT (Chile), CONICET (Argentina), CNRS (France), ICTP (Italy), etc. He was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship Prize in 2005 in recognition for his work on stellar populations, and the Scopus Prize in Physics and Astronomy in 2008.
That year he was also appointed Adjunct Scholar for the Vatican Observatory, and Director of Research and Doctorate at the Universidad Católica (2008-2011), and in 2012 he was appointed Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Argentina.
He is also referee for the leading journals in Astronomy, and for national and international funding agencies, and has been member of various scientific committees, like the ESO Scientific and Technology Committee and the ESO Observing Proposals Committee, and the Gemini International Telescope Allocation Committee. He also supervised 15 Postdocs, 8 PhD students, 11 MSc students, and 22 Undergraduate students.

His broad research interests are: EXTRASOLAR PLANETS, ASTROBIOLOGY, GLOBULAR CLUSTERS, STELLAR POPULATIONS, STELLAR EVOLUTION, GRAVITATIONAL MICROLENSING, GALAXY FORMATION, and GALACTIC STRUCTURE. He has authored more than 500 refereed publications, accumulated more than 22600 citations in the literature to date, yielding Hirsch_index = 78 (source: The SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System).

He is also author of the recent books “Mundos Lejanos”, “Vistas de la Galaxia”, and “Nuevos Mundos”. He is presently the principal investigator of the VVVX ESO Public Survey, and actively teaching, supervising students and postdocs, and engaged in public Astronomy outreach.

Dante is President of the International Astronomical Union “Commission H1 The Local Universe” and has been an active member of several IAU commissions since 2003.

Professor Minniti is Associate Editor of Astronomy & Astrophysics, a leading international Journal that publishes papers on all aspects of astronomy and astrophysics (theoretical, observational, and instrumental).

He is author of more than 500 refereed publications, that accumulate more than 22.600 citations in the literature to date, yielding Hirsch_index = 78 (source: ADS). He is now leading the ESO Public Survey “VISTA Variables in the Via Lactea (VVV)” and it’s extension the VVVX, and actively teaching, supervising students and postdocs, and giving public Astronomy talks.
In 2012 professor Minniti was made a member of the National Science Academy of Argentina.
Medal from the National Science Academy

 

INTITUTIONS


SOME REPRESENTATIVE PUBLICATIONS:

  1. D. Minniti, P. W. Lucas, J. P. Emerson, et al., 2010, “VISTA Variables in the Via Lactea (VVV): The public ESO near-IR variability survey of the Milky Way”, New Astronomy, 15,433
  2. Saito, R. K.; Hempel, M.; Minniti, D.; Lucas, P. W.; Rejkuba, M.; Toledo, I.; Gonzalez, O. A.; Alonso-García, J.; Irwin, M.; J. Gonzalez-Solares, E.; Hodgkin, S. T.; Lewis, J. R.; Cross, N.; Ivanov, V. D.; Kerins, E.; Emerson, J. P.; Soto, M.; et. al; “VVV DR1: The first data release of the Milky Way bulge and southern plane from the near-infrared ESO public survey VISTA variables in the Vía Láctea”; 2012, Astronomy & Astrophysics, 537, A107
  3. Dékány, I.;Minniti, D.; Catelan, M.; Zoccali, M.; Saito, R. K.; Hempel, M.; Gonzalez, O. A.; “VVV Survey Near-infrared Photometry of Known Bulge RR Lyrae Stars: The Distance to the Galactic Center and Absence of a Barred Distribution of the Metal-poor Population”, 2013, Astronomy & Astrophysics,776, 2, L19G. Pietrzyński; I. Thompson; W. Gieren; D. Graczyk; G. Bono; A. Udalski; I. Soszyński; D. Minniti; B. Pilecki, “The dynamical mass of a classical Cepheid variable star in an eclipsing binary system”, 2010, Nature, 468, 542
  4. D. Minniti; et al., “Discovery of VVV CL001. A Low-Mass Globular Cluster Next to UKS1 in the Direction of the Galactic Bulge”, 2010, Astronomy & Astrophysics, 527, 81
  5. D. Minniti, P. W. Lucas, J. P. Emerson, et al., 2010, “VISTA Variables in the Via Lactea (VVV): The public ESO near-IR variability survey of the Milky Way”, New Astronomy, 15,433
  6. D. Minniti 2007 (book author), “Mundos lejanos: sistemas planetarios y vida en el Universo”, Ediciones B (Santiago, Chile), catalog ISBN 978-956-304-039-5
  7. D. Minniti, J. M. Fernandez, R. Diaz, A. Udalski, G. Pietrzynski, W. Gieren, P. Rojo, M. T. Ruiz, & M. Zoccali, “Millimagnitude Photometry for Transiting Extrasolar Planetary Candidates III: Accurate Radius and Period for OGLE-TR-111-b”, 2006, The Astrophysical Journal, 660, 858
  8. K. Sahu, R. Gilliland, S. Casertano, H. Bond, E. Smith, D. Minniti, M. Zoccali, M. Livio, N. Panagia, J. Valenti, T. Brown, R. Rich, N. Piskunov, S. Luvow, & W. Clarkson, “Extrasolar Transiting Planetary Candidates in the Galactic Bulge”, 2006, Nature, 443, 534
  9. A. Rest, N. B. Suntzeff, K. Olsen, J. L. Prieto, R. C. Smith, D. L. Welch, A. Becker, M. Bergmann, A. Clocchiatti, K. Cook, A. Garg, M. Huber, G. Miknaitis, D. Minniti, S. Nikolaev, C. Stubbs, “Echoes from Ancient Supernovae in the Large Magellanic Cloud”, 2005, Nature, 438, 1132
  10. D. Minniti, M. Rejkuba, J. G. Funes, & R. C. Kennicutt, “The Most Exciting Massive Binary Cluster in NGC~5128: Clues to the Formation of Globular Clusters”, 2004, The Astrophysical Journal, 612, 215
  11. D. Minniti , J. Borissova, M. Rejkuba, D. Alves, K. H. Cook & K. C. Freeman, “Kinematic Evidence for an Old Stellar Halo in the Large Magellanic Cloud”, 2003, Science, 301, 1508
  12. C. Alcock, R.A. Allsman, T.S. Axelrod, A. Becker, D.P. Bennett, K.H. Cook, K.C. Freeman, M. Geha, K. Griest, G. Kovacs, M.J. Lehner, S.L. Marshall, D. Minniti, B.A. Peterson, M.R. Pratt, P.J. Quinn, A.W. Rodgers, C.W. Stubbs, W. Sutherland, & D.L. Welch, “First Direct Detection of a Microlens in the Milky Way”, 2002,Nature, 414, 617
  13. D. Minniti, “Field Stars and Clusters of the Galactic Bulge: Implications for Galaxy Formation”, 1996, The Astrophysical Journal, 459, 175
  14. D. Minniti, “Metal Rich Globular Clusters with R<3 kpc: Disk or Bulge Clusters?”, 1995, The Astronomical Journal, 109, 1663
  15. D. Minniti, E. Olszewski, & M. Rieke, “The Bulge of M33”, 1993,The Astrophysical Journal, 410, L79
  16. D. Minniti, S.D.M. White, E. Olszewski, & J. Hill, “Rotation of the Galactic Bulge”, 1992, The Astrophysical Journal, 393, L47

List of all publications at The SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System


BOOKS

He is author of the books “Nuevos Mundos” published in Argentina, 2014, “Vistas de la Galaxia”, 2012, and “Mundos Lejanos” 2010, published in Chile.
Nuevos Mundos
Nuevos Mundos Dante Minniti, Juan José Clariá

Editorial Comunicarte, Córdoba

©2014 – ISBN: 9789876022941

Vistas de la Galaxia
Vistas de la Galaxia Dante Minniti, Joyce Pullen, Ignacio Toledo ©2012 – ISBN: 9789563512571
Mundos Lejanos
Mundos Lejanos >Dante Minniti Ediciones B ©2010 – ISBN: 9789563040395

OUTREACH

Profesor Minniti has a strong commitment to communicating astronomy to the public, giving several talks a year and collaborating with the press. Some examples are given here;

Profesor Dante Minniti expuso sobre “Colisiones Cósmicas” en el marco del Día del Asteroide, 30 Jun, 2015

Dante talk 752

The Hunt for Free Floating Planets in Our Galaxy

Expert Insights at PALE RED DOT
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Entrevista CNN sobre Sonda Curiosity · 10 de agosto, 2012
II Congreso del Futuro, 18 de enero, 2013
III Congreso del Futuro 9 de enero, 2014
Lanzamiento videojuego Mastica Astros de Antonio Villamandos, 2016
Charla Cultura UNAB, Búsqueda de vida fuera del Sistema Solar
Entrevista CNN Chile por el descubrimiento del sistema planetario en Trappist-1, Enero 2019
Presentación del programa de Doctorado en Astrofísica UNAB · 24 de abril, 2019
Descubrimiento de una Ventana de Extinción en la Vía Láctea
Charla para la Red Educativa Municipal de Curicó fb:@daem.curico