Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the College
Damiano Caprioli researches aspects of theoretical and computational high-energy astrophysics in relation to the origin and propagation of cosmic rays, particle acceleration at shocks, non-thermal phenomenology of space and astrophysical plasmas, pulsar electrodynamics, and laboratory plasmas.
Currently, he is the primary investigator for the CRAFT (Cosmic Ray Analytical Fast Tool) initiative, consisting of a set of fast routines and subroutines that calculate particle acceleration at non-relativistic collisionless shocks. This tool, funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) under its Fermi Guest Investigator Program, will soon become publicly available.
Caprioli was honored with the 2015 Shakti P. Duggal Award for outstanding work by a young scientist in the field of cosmic ray physics, which is assigned every two years by the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics and the University of Delaware. He also received the Rita Levi-Montalcini Fellowship for young researchers, awarded by the Italian Ministero dell’Istruzione, dell’Università, e della Ricerca (MIUR).
Caprioli completed his bachelor’s and first master’s degrees in physical and astrophysical science with honors from Pisa University, and received his second master’s and PhD degrees in physics with honors from the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa in Italy. He was a postdoctoral research assistant at the Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory in Florence, Italy, and a postdoctoral research assistant and associate research scholar in the Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University.