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Francesco M. C. Belfiore

Francesco M. C. Belfiore

Research Student

Room K31,
Kavli Institute for Cosmology,
c/o Institute of Astronomy,
Madingley Road

Cambridge , United Kingdom CB3 0HA
Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 337523


Curriculum Vitae [PDF]

2013 - present: PhD candidate, Cavendish Astrophysics and Kavli Insitute for Cosmology, University of Cambridge. Thesis advisor: Prof R. Maiolino.

2012-2013:  MSci Experimental and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge.

2009-2012:  BA, Natural Sciences: Physics, University of Cambridge.

2007-2009:  IB diploma, United World College of the Adriatic, Duino (Trieste), Italy.

Research Interests

I am interested in understanding the interplay of physical processes that regulate star formation on galactic scales, including inflows and outflows of gas, the effect of environment and active galactic nuclei. In particular, in my thesis work I focus on the study of chemical abundances and the ionised interstellar medium in nearby galaxies. I am an active member of SDSS-IV MaNGA (Mapping Nearby Galaxies at APO), the largest current Integral Field Spectroscopy (IFS) survey to date, aiming at obtaining IFS observations of a representative sample of nearly 10,000 nearby galaxies with the Sloan telescope. I am also involved in projects aiming at making use of other IFS facilities (like VLT-MUSE) and complementary studies of the molecular component of the interstellar medium in galaxies using sub-mm telescopes (both single dish telescopes and ALMA).

Research Supervision

I am interested in working with Part III Physics students for their Research projects and generally offer projects related to the area of galaxy evolution, data analysis and modelling.


I have taught first year undergraduate students in Natural Sciences though the Cambridge supervision system. I have supervised both IA Physics (first year Physics for Science and Physics Majors) and IA Mathematics (First years mathematical methods course for Physics and Science Majors).

Other Professional Activities

I am a member of the Sloan-IV MaNGA collaboration and I lead the 'Early Career Scientists' group within MaNGA. If you are a new PhD student or postdoc interested in joining MaNGA do get in contact!

Key Publications

SDSS IV MaNGA - The spatially resolved transition between star formation and quiescence, F. Belfiore, R. Maiolino at al., 2016, ArXiv eprint.

SDSS IV MaNGA - Spatially resolved diagnostic diagrams: a proof that many galaxies are LIERs, F. Belfiore, R. Maiolino at al., 2016 MNRAS, 461, 3111, Featured in a press release.

Galaxy gas flows inferred from a detailed, spatially resolved metal budgetF. Belfiore, R. Maiolino and M. Bothwell, 2016, MNRAS, 455, 1218.

P-MaNGA Galaxies: emission-lines properties - gas ionization and chemical abundances from prototype observations, F. Belfiore, R. Maiolino, K. Bundy et al., 2015, MNRAS, 449, 867.


Other Publications

Other Selected works

Suppressing star formation in quiescent galaxies with supermassive black hole winds, E. Cheung, K. Bundy, [...], F. Belfiore et al., 2016, Nature, 533, 504.

Nitrogen and oxygen abundances in the Local Universe, F. Vincenzo, F. Belfiore, R. Maiolino, et al., MNRAS, 358, 3466.

Modern yields per stellar generation: the effect of the IMF, F. Vincenzo, F. Matteucci, F. Belfiore, R. Maiolino, MNRAS, 455, 4183.


Further publications

The Thirteenth Data Release of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey: First spectroscopic data from SDSS IV MaNGA, Sloan Collaboration, F. Albareti, [...], F. Belfiore et al., 2016, ArXiv eprint.

The SDSS IV MaNGA IFS galaxy survey -- Survey design, execution and initial data quality, R. Yan, [...], F. Belfiore et al., 2016, ArXiv eprint

Overview of the SDSS-IV MaNGA Survey: Mapping nearby Galaxies at Apache Point Observatory, K. Bundy, [...], F. Belfiore et al., 2015, ApJ, 798, 24.

P-MaNGA: full spectral fitting and stellar population maps from prototype observations, D. Wilkinson, [...], F. Belfiore et al., 2015, MNRAS, 449, 328.