PTYS/LPL Faculty

Ilaria Pascucci

Associate Professor
Planetary formation and evolution, Exoplanets
Ph.D., 2004, Max Planck Institute for Astronomy Heidelberg

Kuiper 530

Years with LPL: 2011 to present


My research is directed towards understanding how planets form and evolve and how common are planetary systems like our own Solar system. To this end, my group carries out observations aimed at characterizing the physical and chemical evolution of gaseous dust disks around young stars, the birth sites of planets. In addition, we use exoplanet surveys to re-construct the intrinsic frequency of planets around mature stars. By linking the birth sites of planets to the exoplanet populations, we contribute to building a comprehensive and predictive planet formation theory, a necessary step in identifying which nearby stars most likely host a habitable planet like Earth.

Current Grants

  • Understanding Protoplanetary Disk Winds and Planet Interactions via Disk Emission Lines: National Science Foundation
  • Earths in Other Solar Systems: NASA/Nexus
  • SLICK - Scaling Laws In Circumstellar disKs: National Science Foundation
  • The Evolution of Disk Winds: National Science Foundation

Former Spacecraft Involvement

  • Spitzer Space Telescope, FEPS legacy program (Co-investigator) and GO programs (PI)
  • Herschel Space Observatory, GASPS Open Time Key Program key program (Co-investigator) and GO programs (PI) 
  • Hubble Space Telescope GO programs (PI and Co-investigator)

Mission Concept Studies

Current PTYS Graduate Students

Student Collaborations/Advising

Former Students

  • Molly Simon, graduate student, 2013-2016, University of Arizona
  • Nathaniel P. Hendler, undergraduate, honors thesis, 2013, University of Arizona
  • James Keane, graduate student, 2011-2013, University of Arizona
  • Judit Szulagyi, undergraduate, 2010-2012, Space Telescope Science Institute and Eotvos Lorand University
  • Laszlo Szucs, undergraduate, 2009-2011, Space Telescope Science Institute and University of Szeged
  • Emily Hardegree-Ullman, undergraduate, honors thesis, 2006-2007, University of Arizona

Current Postdocs

  • Andrea Banzatti
  • Min Fang

Former Postdocs

  • Gijs Mulders, 2013-2018, University of Arizona
  • Elisabetta Rigliaco, 2011-2014, University of Arizona
  • David Fedele, 2009-2011, Space Telescope Science Institute and Johns Hopkins University
  • Veronica Roccatagliata, 2010-2011, Space Telescope Science Institute
  • Basmah Riaz, 2009-2010, Space Telescope Science Institute



Complete publications list available from: NASA ADS Author search: Ilaria Pascucci

Refereed publications (NASA ADS): Calendar Year 2017 and 2018

Long, F., Pinilla, P., Herczeg, G. J., Harsono, D., Dipierro, G., Pascucci, I., Hendler, N., Tazzari, M., Ragusa, E., Salyk, C., Edwards, S., Lodato, G., van de Plas, G., Johnstone, D., Liu, Y., Boehler, Y., Cabrit, S., Manara, C. F., Menard, F., Mulders, G. D., Nisini, B., Fischer, W. J., Rigliaco, E., Banzatti, A., Avenhaus, H., Gully-Santiago, M. Gaps and Rings in an ALMA Survey of Disks in the Taurus Star-forming Region 2018ApJ...869...17L

Fang, M., Pascucci, I., Edwards, S., Gorti, U., Banzatti, A., Flock, M., Hartigan, P., Herczeg, G. J., Dupree, A. K. A New Look at T Tauri Star Forbidden Lines: MHD-driven Winds from the Inner Disk 2018ApJ...868...28F

Long, F., Herczeg, G. J., Pascucci, I., Apai, D., Henning, T., Manara, C. F., Mulders, G. D., Szűcs, L., Hendler, N. P. An ALMA Survey of Faint Disks in the Chamaeleon I Star-forming Region: Why Are Some Class II Disks so Faint? 2018ApJ...863...61L

Mulders, G. D., Pascucci, I., Apai, D., Ciesla, F. J. The Exoplanet Population Observation Simulator. I. The Inner Edges of Planetary Systems 2018AJ....156...24M

Eisner, J. A., Arce, H. G., Ballering, N. P., Bally, J., Andrews, S. M., Boyden, R. D., Di Francesco, J., Fang, M., Johnstone, D., Kim, J. S., Mann, R. K., Matthews, B., Pascucci, I., Ricci, L., Sheehan, P. D., Williams, J. P. Protoplanetary Disk Properties in the Orion Nebula Cluster: Initial Results from Deep, High-resolution ALMA Observations 2018ApJ...860...77E

Pinilla, P., Tazzari, M., Pascucci, I., Youdin, A. N., Garufi, A., Manara, C. F., Testi, L., van der Plas, G., Barenfeld, S. A., Canovas, H., Cox, E. G., Hendler, N. P., Pérez, L. M., van der Marel, N. Homogeneous Analysis of the Dust Morphology of Transition Disks Observed with ALMA: Investigating Dust Trapping and the Origin of the Cavities 2018ApJ...859...32P

Pascucci, I., Mulders, G. D., Gould, A., Fernandes, R. A Universal Break in the Planet-to-star Mass-ratio Function of Kepler MKG Stars 2018ApJ...856L..28P

Liu, H. B., Dunham, M. M., Pascucci, I., Bourke, T. L., Hirano, N., Longmore, S., Andrews, S., Carrasco-González, C., Forbrich, J., Galván-Madrid, R., Girart, J. M., Green, J. D., Juárez, C., Kóspál, Á., Manara, C. F., Palau, A., Takami, M., Testi, L., Vorobyov, E. I. A 1.3 mm SMA survey of 29 variable young stellar objects 2018A&A...612A..54L

Hendler, N. P., Pinilla, P., Pascucci, I., Pohl, A., Mulders, G., Henning, T., Dong, R., Clarke, C., Owen, J., Hollenbach, D. A likely planet-induced gap in the disc around T Cha 2018MNRAS.475L..62H

Fedele, D., Tazzari, M., Booth, R., Testi, L., Clarke, C. J., Pascucci, I., Kospal, A., Semenov, D., Bruderer, S., Henning, T., Teague, R. ALMA continuum observations of the protoplanetary disk AS 209. Evidence of multiple gaps opened by a single planet 2018A&A...610A..24F

Mulders, G. D., Pascucci, I., Manara, C. F., Testi, L., Herczeg, G. J., Henning, T., Mohanty, S., Lodato, G.  Constraints from Dust Mass and Mass Accretion Rate Measurements on Angular Momentum Transport in Protoplanetary Disks 2017ApJ...847...31M

Long, F., Herczeg, G. J., Pascucci, I., Drabek-Maunder, E., Mohanty, S., Testi, L., Apai, D., Hendler, N., Henning, T., Manara, C. F., Mulders, G. D.  An ALMA Survey of CO Isotopologue Emission from Protoplanetary Disks in Chamaeleon I 2017ApJ...844...99L

Manara, C. F., Testi, L., Herczeg, G. J., Pascucci, I., Alcalá, J. M., Natta, A., Antoniucci, S., Fedele, D., Mulders, G. D., Henning, T., Mohanty, S., Prusti, T., Rigliaco, E.  X-shooter study of accretion in Chamaeleon I. II. A steeper increase of accretion with stellar mass for very low-mass stars? 2017A&A...604A.127M

Ricci, L., Cazzoletti, P., Czekala, I., Andrews, S. M., Wilner, D., Szűcs, L., Lodato, G., Testi, L., Pascucci, I., Mohanty, S., Apai, D., Carpenter, J. M., Bowler, B. P.  ALMA Observations of the Young Substellar Binary System 2M1207 2017AJ....154...24R

Hendler, N. P., Mulders, G. D., Pascucci, I., Greenwood, A., Kamp, I., Henning, T., Ménard, F., Dent, W. R. F., Evans, N. J., II  Hints for Small Disks around Very Low Mass Stars and Brown Dwarfs 2017ApJ...841..116H

Ercolano, B., Pascucci, I.  The dispersal of planet-forming discs: theory confronts observations 2017RSOS....470114E

Fang, M., Kim, J. S., Pascucci, I., Apai, D., Zhang, L., Sicilia-Aguilar, A., Alonso-Martínez, M., Eiroa, C., Wang, H.  NGC 1980 Is Not a Foreground Population of Orion: Spectroscopic Survey of Young Stars with Low Extinction in Orion A 2017AJ....153..188F

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