Dr. Raffaella Margutti


Eruptions, disruptions and explosions in our Universe!!

My research focuses on the  biggest explosions that occur in our Universe: Supernovae and Gamma-Ray Bursts. Both phenomena signal the catastrophic death of stars, leading to the birth of exotic compact objects like neutron stars and black holes. Investigating the high-energy  (UV, to X-rays and gamma-rays) properties of these explosions, I want to understand the physical processes that cause such a dramatic energy release in a matter of seconds!

Working field: 
High-energy astrophysics

UV, X-Rays, gamma-rays
objects of interest:
Gamma-ray bursts
Engine driven Supernovae
Type Ia SNe
Super-luminous SNe
Tidal disruption events
Contact Info
Email: rmargutti@cfa.harvard.edu
Office: Perkin-310, 60 Garden Street, MS 51, Cambridge, MA 02138 (USA)
Tel (office): 617-4957672 mailto:rmargutti@cfa.harvard.edushapeimage_3_link_0
Highlighted  results:

The deepest X-ray observations of a type Ia Supernova SN2014J reveal a very clean environment, once again

Margutti et al., 2014, ApJ, 790, 52

SN2009ip revolutionizes our understanding of massive star evolution

Margutti et al., 2014, ApJ, 780, 21

Central engines die young in relativistic SNe

Margutti et al., 2014, ArXiv:1402.6344

Emission from the central engine revealed in the sub-energetic GRB100316D

Margutti et al., 2013, ApJ, 778, 18

The Gamma-Ray Burst  Universal scaling constrains the emission mechanism

Margutti et al., 2013, MNRAS, 428, 729

GRB111117A: one of the highest redshift SHORT GRBs, found in a star forming galaxy 

Margutti et al., 2012, ApJ, 763, 63

The “very clean” environment around the Type Ia SN2011fe constraints its progenitor system

Margutti et al., 2012, ArXiv:1202.0741

Flares in SHORT GRBs

Margutti et al., 2011, MNRAS, 417, 2144

X-ray flares and prompt pulses of GRBs share a common origin

Margutti et al., 2010, MNRAS, 406, 2149


Current Position:

Harvard Post-Doctoral Fellow

Harvard Astronomy Dept.

Institute for Theory

and Computation (ITC)

Main Working Area:

Supernovae, Gamma-Ray Bursts

Scientific Interests:
Gamma-ray burst universal scaling
Margutti, 2013, MNRAS,  428,  729
5-minute presentation on SN2009ip
Listen to the sonification of SN2009ip
Type Ia SN2014J
Margutti, 2014, ApJ,   780,  21
Margutti, 2014, ApJ, 790, 52
The relativistic SN2012ap
Margutti, 2014, arXiv: 1402.6344