Faculty Profile for Dr. Andrea Banzatti

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Dr. Andrea Banzatti
Assistant Professor — Physics
RFM 3240
phone: (512) 245-2131

Biography Section

Biography and Education

• 2013: PhD in Science, ETH Zurich, Switzerland [Thesis: Water vapor in protoplanetary disks: a probe of chemistry and physics of planet formation, advisors: Prof. Michael R. Meyer, Dr. Klaus Pontoppidan]
• 2009: Master in Physics summa cum laude, University of Milan, Italy [Thesis: Evolution of protoplanetary disks: first steps toward planet formation, advisors: Dr. Leonardo Testi, Prof. Marco Bersanelli]
• 2006: Bachelor in Physics, University of Milan, Italy [Thesis: The Sunyaev-Zeldovich Effect, advisor: Prof. Giuseppe Bertin]

Research Interests

Observations of protoplanetary disks and exoplanet formation across the wavelength spectrum (UV, optical, near- and mid-infrared, and radio), and across disk evolutionary stages (from full disks to those with inner dust cavities). Specific focus on the 0.01-10 au orbital disk region through high-resolution gas spectroscopy. The chemistry, structure, and evolution of planet-forming regions, especially in its molecular content. Monitoring of biologically relevant gas chemistry in planet-forming regions (water and organic molecules) as affected by luminosity outbursts in young stars. Observations of mm-cm dust emission, to study pebble formation in disks and the water snow line at the time of planetary assembly. Development of tools for spectroscopy reduction and analysis for medium to high resolving powers (from R~700 of Spitzer-IRS, to R~3000 of JWST-MIRI, to R~90,000 of VLT-CRIRES and IRTF-ISHELL), including multi-component spectral fitting techniques and interactive visualization tools (iSLAT on GitHub). Design and development of the online spectral database at www.SpExoDisks.com

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Banzatti, A., Pontoppidan, K. M., Carr, J. S., Jellison, E., Pascucci, I., Najita, J. R., … Bruderer, S. (2023). JWST Reveals Excess Cool Water near the Snow Line in Compact Disks, Consistent with Pebble Drift. The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 957(2), L22. https://doi.org/10.3847/2041-8213/acf5ec
  • Banzatti, A., Pontoppidan, K. M., Chávez, J. P., Salyk, C., Diehl, L. M., Bruderer, S., … Wheeler, C. (2023). The Kinematics and Excitation of Infrared Water Vapor Emission from Planet-forming Disks: Results from Spectrally Resolved Surveys and Guidelines for JWST Spectra. The Astronomical Journal, 165(2), 72. https://doi.org/10.3847/1538-3881/aca80b
  • Banzatti, A., Abernathy, K. M., Brittain, S., Bosman, A. D., Pontoppidan, K. M., Boogert, A., … Rayner, J. T. (2022). Scanning Disk Rings and Winds in CO at 0.01–10 au: A High-resolution M-band Spectroscopy Survey with IRTF-iSHELL. The Astronomical Journal, 163(4), 174. https://doi.org/10.3847/1538-3881/ac52f0
  • Banzatti, A., Pascucci, I., Bosman, A. D., Pinilla, P., Salyk, C., Herczeg, G. J., … others. (2020). Hints for icy pebble migration feeding an oxygen-rich chemistry in the inner planet-forming region of disks. The Astrophysical Journal, 903(2), 124.
  • Banzatti, A., Pascucci, I., Edwards, S., Fang, M., Gorti, U., & Flock, M. (2019). Kinematic Links and the Coevolution of MHD Winds, Jets, and Inner Disks from a High-resolution Optical [OI] Survey. The Astrophysical Journal, 870(2), 76.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Teaching excellence award, Texas State University. 2023

Selected Grants

  • Banzatti, Andrea (Principal), Kalyaan, Anusha (Supporting). JWST-MIRI GO program #1640 in Cycle 1, NASA, Federal, $285811. (Submitted: December 3, 2020, Funded: June 2022 - May 2025). Grant.
  • Banzatti, Andrea (Principal). JWST-MIRI GO program #2025 in Cycle 1, NASA, Federal, $27625. (Submitted: December 3, 2020, Funded: June 2022 - May 2025). Grant.
  • Banzatti, Andrea (Principal). JWST-MIRI GO program #1584 in Cycle 1, NASA, Federal, $18091. (Submitted: December 3, 2020, Funded: June 2022 - May 2025). Grant.
  • Banzatti, Andrea. HST-COS program in Cycle 24, NASA, Federal, $162000. (Funded: 2017 - 2020). Grant.
  • Banzatti, Andrea. JWST-MIRI GO program #4727 in Cycle 3, NASA, Federal. (Submitted: 2024). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Reviewer / Referee
Nature Astronomy
January 2023-Present
Review panel on Planets and Planet Formation - NASA James Webb Space Telescope Cycle 2 observations
March 1, 2023-April 28, 2023
Coordinator / Organizer
First Science Results from the James Webb Science Telescope
December 12, 2022-December 14, 2022
Reviewer / Referee
NOAO Time Allocation Committee
Reviewer / Referee
NASA Keck Time Allocation Committee