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Martino Marisaldi

Associate Professor

High-energy atmospheric physics

Research on Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes, gamma-ray glows, and related high-energy atmospheric phenomena.

The main questions we want to answer:

  • how are TGFs produced?
  • what is the relation between the lightning process and TGF production?
  • do TGFs and related phenomena have any impact on atmospheric chemistry and dynamics?

The tools we use:

  • the Atmosphere-Space Interaction Monitor (ASIM) mission onboard the International Space Station (ISS)
  • the AGILE mission
  • dedicated laboratory experiments, flight campaigns, and modeling

Main publications (most recent first)

  1. M. Marisaldi, et al. (2019), On the high-energy spectral component and fine time structure of terrestrial gamma-ray flashes, J. Geophys. Res. (Atmospheres), 124. https://doi.org/10.1029/2019JD030554 
  2. P. Kochkin, A. P. J. van Deursen, M. Marisaldi, et al. (2017), In-flight observation of gamma ray glows by ILDAS. J. Geophys. Res. (Atmospheres), 122. https://doi.org/10.1002/2017JD027405  
  3. F. Lyu, S. A. Cummer, M. Briggs, M. Marisaldi, et al. (2016), Ground detection of terrestrial gamma ray flashes from distant radio signals, Geophys. Res. Lett., 43(16):8728–8734. https://doi.org/10.1002/2016GL070154 
  4. M. Marisaldi, et al. (2015), Enhanced detection of terrestrial gamma-ray flashes by agile. Geophys. Res. Lett., 42(21):9481–9487, https://doi.org/10.1002/2015GL066100 
  5. M. Marisaldi, F. Fuschino, M. Tavani, et al. (2014) Properties of terrestrial gamma ray flashes detected by AGILE MCAL below 30 MeV. J. Geophys. Res. (Space Physics), 119:1337–1355, https://doi.org/10.1002/2013JA019301 
  6. F. Fuschino, M. Marisaldi, C Labanti, et al. (2011) High spatial resolution correlation of AGILE TGFs and global lightning activity above the equatorial belt. Geophys. Res. Lett., 38:14806, https://doi.org/10.1029/2011GL047817 
  7. M. Tavani, M. Marisaldi, C. Labanti, et al. (2011), Terrestrial Gamma-Ray Flashes as Powerful Particle Accelerators. Physical Review Letters, 106(1):018501, https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.106.018501 
  8. M. Marisaldi, et al. (2010), Gamma-Ray Localization of Terrestrial Gamma-Ray Flashes. Physical Review Letters, 105(12):128501, https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.105.128501 
  9. M. Marisaldi, et al. (2010), Detection of terrestrial gamma ray flashes up to 40 MeV by the AGILE satellite. J. Geophys. Res. (Space Physics), 115:0, https://doi.org/10.1029/2009JA014502
  10. C. Labanti, M. Marisaldi, et al. (2009), Design and construction of the Mini-Calorimeter of the AGILE satellite. Nucl. Instrum. and Meth. in Phys. Res. A, 598:470–479, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nima.2008.09.021 
All my publications are listed here 
Academic article
  • 2020. A terrestrial gamma-ray flash and ionospheric ultraviolet emissions powered by lightning. Science. 183-186.
  • 2019. The First Terrestrial Electron Beam Observed by the Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor. Journal of Geophysical Research (JGR): Space Physics. 10497-10511.
  • 2019. On the high-energy spectral component and fine time structure of terrestrial gamma ray flashes. Journal of Geophysical Research (JGR): Atmospheres. 7484-7497.
  • 2019. Gamma ray storms: preliminary meteorological analysis of AGILE TGFs: Meteorology of AGILE TGF observations. Rendiconti Lincei. Scienze Fisiche e Naturali. 259-263.
  • 2019. Gamma Ray Glow Observations at 20-km Altitude. Journal of Geophysical Research (JGR): Space Physics. 7236-7254.
  • 2019. First 10 Months of TGF Observations by ASIM. Journal of Geophysical Research (JGR): Space Physics. 14024-14036.
  • 2019. Detection of terrestrial gamma-ray flashes with the AGILE/MCAL. Rendiconti Lincei. Scienze Fisiche e Naturali. 265-269.
  • 2019. Analysis of Thunderstorms Producing Terrestrial Gamma Ray Flashes With the Meteosat Second Generation. Journal of Geophysical Research (JGR): Space Physics. 12667-12682.
  • 2019. A New AGILE MCAL Configuration to Detect Gamma-Ray Bursts and Sub-threshold Events in the Multimessenger Era. Astrophysical Journal (ApJ). 1-12.
  • 2018. The e-ASTROGAM gamma-ray space observatory for the multimessenger astronomy of the 2030s. Proceedings of SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering. 1-15.
  • 2018. The THESEUS space mission concept: science case, design and expected performances . Advances in Space Research.
  • 2018. Science with e-ASTROGAM: A space mission for MeV–GeV gamma-ray astrophysics. Journal of High Energy Astrophysics. 1-106.
  • 2018. Calibration of AGILE-GRID with On-ground Data and Monte Carlo Simulations. Astrophysical Journal (ApJ).
  • 2017. The interplanetary network supplement to the Second Fermi GBM catalog of cosmic gamma-ray bursts. Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series. 1-7.
  • 2017. The e-ASTROGAM mission Exploring the extreme Universe with gamma rays in the MeV - GeV range. Experimental astronomy (Print).
  • 2017. Terrestrial gamma-ray flashes in the BeppoSAX data archive. Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics. 50-56.
  • 2017. In-Flight Observation of Gamma Ray Glows by ILDAS. Journal of Geophysical Research (JGR): Atmospheres.
  • 2017. Detection of terrestrial gamma-ray flashes with the AGILE satellite. Journal of Physics: Conference Series.
  • 2017. AGILE observations of the gravitational-wave source GW170104. Astrophysical Journal Letters. 1-7.
  • 2017. AGILE Observations of the Gravitational-wave Source GW170817: Constraining Gamma-Ray Emission from an NS-NS Coalescence. Astrophysical Journal Letters. 1-9.
  • 2017. A pipeline to link meteorological information and TGFs detected by AGILE. Journal of Geophysical Research (JGR): Space Physics. 2300-2309.
  • 2016. Relativistic electrons from sparks in the laboratory. Journal of Geophysical Research (JGR): Biogeosciences. 2939-2954.
  • 2016. Radio emissions from double RHESSI TGFs. Journal of Geophysical Research (JGR): Biogeosciences. 8006-8022.
  • 2016. Ground detection of terrestrial gamma ray flashes from distant radio signals. Geophysical Research Letters. 8728-8734.
  • 2016. Detection of multiple terrestrial gamma-ray flashes from thunderstorm systems. Journal of Geophysical Research (JGR): Biogeosciences. 11,302-11,315.
  • 2015. Observation of intrinsically bright terrestrial gamma ray flashes from the Mediterranean basin. Journal of Geophysical Research (JGR): Atmospheres. 12143-12156.
  • 2015. Enhanced detection of terrestrial gamma-ray flashes by AGILE. Geophysical Research Letters. 9481-9487.
  • 2015. Analysis of global Terrestrial Gamma Ray Flashes distribution and special focus on AGILE detections over South America. Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics. 10-20.
  • 2014. Properties of terrestrial gamma ray flashes detected by AGILE MCAL below 30 MeV. Journal of Geophysical Research (JGR): Biogeosciences. 1337-1355.
Lecture
  • 2016. Radio emissions from double RHESSI TGFs.
Academic lecture
  • 2019. The First Terrestrial Electron Beam Observed by the Atmosphere‐Space Interactions Monitor (ASIM), EGU 2019 Presentation.
  • 2017. A Synergic Approach to the Study of TGFs and Energetic Radiation from Thunderstorms.
  • 2016. Stereo Observations of Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes.
  • 2013. Unusual bright TGF from low cloud tops over the Mediterranean sea.
  • 2013. Terrestrial Gamma ray Flashes observed over low clod tops.
Poster
  • 2019. Observation of a Terrestrial Electron Beam during the tropical cyclone Joaninha in March 2019.
  • 2017. On the high-energy spectral component of TGFs detected by AGILE.
  • 2017. How should we define terrestrial gamma-ray flashes?
  • 2017. Gamma-ray observations at 20 km altitude above thunderstorms.
  • 2017. Estimating the global production rate of TGFs.
  • 2017. A Synergic Approach to the Study of TGFs and Energetic Radiation from Thunderstorms.
  • 2016. Radio emissions from RHESSI TGFs.

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