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Davide Lazzati

Department Head
Department of Physics

Davide Lazzati

Department Head
Department of Physics


The Lazzati Group performs research in theoretical astrophysics. Current research focuses on understanding the physics of Gamma-Ray Bursts, the dynamics of self-gravitating rubble piles, and of cosmic dust.


Ph.D., Astronomy, University of Milan

BS, Physics, University of Milan

Research areas



  • D. Lazzati, Brian J. Morsony, D. López-Cámara "Numerical Simulations of Gamma-Ray Burst Explosions" 2015, JHEAP in press (arXiv).
  • R. Margutti et al. "Dust in the wind: the role of recent mass loss in long gamma-ray bursts" 2015, Submitted to ApJ (arXiv).
  • A. Chhotray, D. Lazzati "Gamma-Ray Burst spectra and spectral correlations from sub-photospheric Comptonization" 2015, ApJ, 802, 132 (arXiv).
  • C. Mauney, M. Buongiorno Nardelli, D. Lazzati "Formation and properties of astrophysical carbonaceous dust. I: ab-initio calculations of the configuration and binding energies of small carbon clusters", 2015, ApJ, 800, 30 (arXiv).
  • M.G. Bernardini et al. "Comparing the spectral lag of short and long gamma-ray bursts and its relation with the luminosity", 2015, MNRAS, 446, 1129 (arXiv).
  • D. López-Cámara, B. J. Morsony, D. Lazzati "Photospheric emission from long duration gamma-ray bursts powered by variable engines", 2014, MNRAS, 442, 2202 (arXiv)
  • C. Segura, D. Lazzati, A. Sankarasubramanian "The use of broken power-laws to describe the distributions of daily flow above the mean annual flow across the conterminous U.S.", 2013, Journal of Hidrology, 505, 35.
  • D. Lazzati, M. Villeneuve, D. López-Cámara, B. J. Morsony, R. Perna "On the observed duration distribution of gamma-ray bursts from collapsars", 2013, MNRAS, 436, 1867 (arXiv).
  • D. López-Cámara, B. J. Morsony, M. C. Begelman, D. Lazzati "Three-dimensional AMR simulations of long-duration Gamma-Ray Burst jets inside massive progenitor stars", 2013, ApJ, 767, 19 (arXiv).
  • D. Lazzati, B. J. Morsony, R. Margutti, M.C. Begelman, M. "Photospheric emission as the dominant radiation mechanism in long-duration gamma-ray bursts", 2013, ApJ, 765, 103 (arXiv).


  • 2022 Aspen Institute Italia Prize