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Lovász-Schrijver SDP-operator, near-perfect graphs and near-bipartite graphsNov 08 2014We study the Lov\'asz-Schrijver lift-and-project operator ($LS_+$) based on the cone of symmetric, positive semidefinite matrices, applied to the fractional stable set polytope of graphs. The problem of obtaining a combinatorial characterization of graphs ... More

Worldsheet scattering for the GKP stringAug 28 2015We initiate the perturbative study of the S-matrix for the excitations on top of the GKP vacuum at strong coupling. Using the string sigma model action expanded around the null cusp classical solution, we compute the tree-level S-matrix elements and compare ... More

On the scattering of gluons in the GKP stringNov 03 2015We compute the one-loop S-matrix for the light bosonic excitations of the GKP string at strong coupling. These correspond, on the gauge theory side, to gluon insertions in the GKP vacuum. We perform the calculation by Feynman diagrams in the worldsheet ... More

Non-planarity through unitarity in ABJMNov 25 2013May 21 2014We use unitarity techniques to compute the two-loop non-planar corrections to the Sudakov form factor and the four-point amplitude in ABJM theory. We start by reconstructing non-planar integrals from two-particle cuts in three dimensions. This causes ... More

Quantum dispersion relations for the $AdS_4 \times CP^3$ GKP stringMay 04 2015Nov 04 2015We compute the one-loop correction to the dispersion relations of the excitations of the $AdS_4 \times CP^3$ sigma model dual to ABJM theory, expanded around the cusp background. The results parallel those of N = 4 SYM. As in that case, the dispersion ... More

Splitting of the homology of the punctured mapping class groupMar 14 2019Let $\Gamma_{g,1}^m$ be the mapping class group of the orientable surface $\Sigma_{g,1}^m$ of genus $g$ with one parametrised boundary curve and $m$ permutable punctures; when $m=0$ we omit it from the notation. Let $\beta_{m}(\Sigma_{g,1})$ be the braid ... More

Glauber dynamics on nonamenable graphs: Boundary conditions and mixing timeDec 04 2007Nov 10 2008We study the stochastic Ising model on finite graphs with n vertices and bounded degree and analyze the effect of boundary conditions on the mixing time. We show that for all low enough temperatures, the spectral gap of the dynamics with (+)-boundary ... More

On structure constants with two spinning twist-two operatorsJan 03 2019I consider three-point functions of one protected and two unprotected twist-two operators with spin in N=4 SYM at weak coupling. At one loop I formulate an empiric conjecture for the dependence of the corresponding structure constants on the spins of ... More

The influence of clumping on surface brightness fits of edge-on spiral galaxiesJan 17 2002We have used a Monte Carlo radiative transfer code to produce edge-on images of dusty galactic disks, allowing a fraction of the dust to be distributed in clumps. Synthetic images of edge-on galaxies have been constructed for different amounts of dust, ... More

A note on multiply wound BPS Wilson loops in ABJMMay 03 2016We consider BPS Wilson loops in planar ABJM theory, wound multiple times around the great circle. We compute the expectation value of the 1/6-BPS and 1/2-BPS Wilson loops to three- and two-loop order in perturbation theory, respectively, dealing with ... More

A note on scattering amplitudes on the moduli space of ABJMFeb 18 2015Nov 03 2015We compute the simplest one-loop planar amplitudes in Higgsed ABJM theory at a generic point of the moduli space. We explicitly check that they can be expressed in terms of integrals which are invariant under dual conformal symmetry involving masses, ... More

Dust Formation and Survival in Supernova EjectaApr 04 2007The presence of dust at high redshift requires efficient condensation of grains in SN ejecta, in accordance with current theoretical models. Yet, observations of the few well studied SNe and SN remnants imply condensation efficiencies which are about ... More

A note on three-point functions of unprotected operatorsSep 12 2018Given the recent progress in computing three-point functions in N=4 SYM via integrability, I provide here a novel direct calculation of some structure constants at weak coupling. The main focus is on correlators involving more than one unprotected operator, ... More

N=8 SYM vs. N=6 Chern-Simons: Four-point amplitudes at two-loopsOct 17 2012We compute the four-point amplitude in 3d N=8 SYM at two loops, by solving the three dimensional scalar doublebox in dimensional regularization. We compare it to the same result in the ABJM theory, to which maximal SYM should flow in the infrared at strong ... More

Dilogarithm ladders from Wilson loopsNov 18 2014We consider a light-like Wilson loop in N=4 SYM evaluated on a regular n-polygon contour. Sending the number of edges to infinity the polygon approximates a circle and the expectation value of the light-like WL is expected to tend to the localization ... More

The Conformal Manifold of Chern-Simons Matter TheoriesSep 30 2010Oct 25 2010We determine perturbatively the conformal manifold of N=2 Chern-Simons matter theories with the aim of checking in the three dimensional case the general prescription based on global symmetry breaking, recently introduced. We discuss in details few remarkable ... More

Open Strings on the Neveu-Schwarz PentabraneNov 10 1997We analyze the propagation of open and unoriented strings on the Neveu-Schwarz pentabrane (N5-brane) along the lines of a similar analysis for the SU(2) WZNW models. We discuss the two classes of open descendants of the diagonal models and a series of ... More

Nuclear obscuration in the high-ionization Seyfert 2 galaxy Tol 0109-383Apr 10 2001We report the BeppoSAX detection of a hard X-ray excess in the X-ray spectrum of the classical high-ionization Seyfert 2 galaxy Tol0109-383. The X-ray emission of this source observed below 7 keV is dominated by reflection from both cold and ionized gas, ... More

Real-time optical micro-manipulation using optimized holograms generated on the GPUJul 23 2009Mar 16 2010Holographic optical tweezers allow the three dimensional, dynamic, multipoint manipulation of micron sized dielectric objects. Exploiting the massive parallel architecture of modern GPUs we can generate highly optimized holograms at video frame rate allowing ... More

An exact limit of ABJMMay 09 2016We study planar ABJM in a limit where one coupling is negligible compared to the other. We provide a recipe for exactly solving the expectation value of bosonic BPS Wilson loops on arbitrary smooth contours, or the leading divergence for cusped ones, ... More

On the ABJM four-point amplitude at three loops and BDS exponentiationMar 13 2014We study the three-loop four-point amplitude in ABJM theory. We determine the dual conformal invariant integrals with highest number of propagators and fix their coefficients by two-particle cuts. Evaluating such a combination of integrals in dimensional ... More

Identities and isomorphisms of finite-dimensional graded simple algebrasApr 04 2018Jun 07 2018Let $\mathbb F$ be an algebraically closed field, $G$ be an abelian group, and let $A$ and $B$ be arbitrary finite-dimensional $G$-graded simple algebras over $\mathbb F$. We prove that $A$ and $B$ are isomorphic if, and only if, they satisfy the same ... More

Bases for local Weyl modules for the hyper and truncated current $\mathfrak{sl}_2$-algebrasJun 01 2017Jun 14 2017We use the theory of Gr\"obner-Shirshov bases for ideals to construct linear bases for graded local Weyl modules for the (hyper) current and the truncated current algebras associated to the finite-dimensional complex simple Lie algebra $\mathfrak{sl}_2$. ... More

The recent star formation in NGC 6822 from HST imagingMay 14 2006We present HST WFPC2 and STIS imaging of the low metallicity galaxy NGC 6822, performed as part of a study of the young stellar populations in the galaxies of the Local Group. Eleven WFPC2 pointings, with some overlap, cover two regions, extending over ... More

Are multi-factor Gaussian term structure models still useful? An empirical analysis on Italian BTPsMay 25 2018In this paper, we empirically study models for pricing Italian sovereign bonds under a reduced form framework, by assuming different dynamics for the short-rate process. We analyze classical Cox-Ingersoll-Ross and Vasicek multi-factor models, with a focus ... More

Lift-and-project ranks of the stable set polytope of joined a-perfect graphsApr 29 2015In this paper we study lift-and-project polyhedral operators defined by Lov?asz and Schrijver and Balas, Ceria and Cornu?ejols on the clique relaxation of the stable set polytope of web graphs. We compute the disjunctive rank of all webs and consequently ... More

The reprocessing features in the X-ray spectrum of the NELG MCG-5-23-16Nov 13 2003We present results from the spectral analysis of the Seyfert 1.9 galaxy MCG-5-23-16, based on ASCA, BeppoSAX, Chandra and XMM-Newton observations. The spectrum of this object shows a complex iron Kalpha emission line, which is best modeled by a superposition ... More

A Perturbative QCD Based Study of Polarized Nucleon Structure in the Transition Region and Beyond: "Quarks, Color Neutral Clusters, and Hadrons"Dec 27 2004A large fraction of the world data on both polarized and unpolarized inclusive $ep$ scattering at large Bjorken $x$ lies in the resonance region where a correspondence with the deep inelastic regime, known as Bloom and Gilman's duality, was observed. ... More

ALMA discovery of a rotating SO/SO$_2$ flow in HH212. A possible MHD disk wind?Oct 03 2017Oct 28 2017We wish to constrain the possible contribution of a magnetohydrodynamic disk wind (DW) to the HH212 molecular jet. We mapped the flow base with ALMA Cycle 4 at 0.13"$\sim$ 60 au resolution and compared these observations with synthetic DW predictions. ... More

Positive and Unlabeled Learning through Negative Selection and Imbalance-aware ClassificationMay 18 2018Jan 25 2019Motivated by applications in protein function prediction, we consider a challenging supervised classification setting in which positive labels are scarce and there are no explicit negative labels. The learning algorithm must thus select which unlabeled ... More

New Meteorological and Geological Study of Taviano (LE)Jul 13 2015This paper contains the result of the elaboration of informations about Solar Irradiation, Geological, Meteorological and Climatic from the point of view of the quantitative data and social interaction recorded in Taviano (LE) over 24 years. These data ... More

Infrared stability of ABJ-like theoriesOct 27 2009Nov 11 2009We consider marginal deformations of the superconformal ABJM/ABJ models which preserve N=2 supersymmetry. We determine perturbatively the spectrum of fixed points and study their infrared stability. We find a closed line of fixed points which is IR stable. ... More

High-energy monitoring of NGC 4593 II. Broadband spectral analysis: testing the two-corona modelDec 07 2018It is widely believed that the primary X-ray emission of AGN is due to the Comptonisation of optical-UV photons from a hot electron corona, while the origin of the 'soft-excess' is still uncertain and matter of debate. A second Comptonisation component, ... More

Quark-Hadron Duality in Structure FunctionsJan 14 2005Quark-hadron duality is studied in a systematic way for both the unpolarized and polarized structure functions, by taking into account all the available data in the resonance region.In both cases, a detailed perturbative QCD based analysis of the structure ... More

Parton-Hadron Duality in Unpolarised and Polarised Structure FunctionsAug 05 2003We study the phenomenon of parton-hadron duality in both polarised and unpolarised electron proton scattering using the HERMES and the Jefferson Lab data, respectively. In both cases we extend a systematic perturbative QCD based analysis to the integrals ... More

Surprises from the Resolution of Operator Mixing in N = 4 SYMDec 18 2003We reexamine the problem of operator mixing in N = 4 SYM. Particular attention is paid to the correct definition of composite gauge invariant local operators, which is necessary for the computation of their anomalous dimensions beyond lowest order. As ... More

Minimally helicity violating, maximally simple scalar amplitudes in N=4 SYMAug 01 2012Nov 21 2012In planar N=4 SYM we study a particular class of helicity preserving amplitudes. These are scalar amplitudes whose flavor configuration is chosen in such a way that only a limited number of diagrams is allowed, which exhibit an iterative structure. For ... More

Measuring the Universe with galaxy redshift surveysMar 28 2018Galaxy redshift surveys are one of the pillars of the current standard cosmological model and remain a key tool in the experimental effort to understand the origin of cosmic acceleration. To this end, the next generation of surveys aim at achieving sub-percent ... More

RealPen: Providing Realism in Handwriting Tasks on Touch Surfaces using Auditory-Tactile FeedbackMar 06 2018We present RealPen, an augmented stylus for capacitive tablet screens that recreates the physical sensation of writing on paper with a pencil, ball-point pen or marker pen. The aim is to create a more engaging experience when writing on touch surfaces, ... More

Deep Herschel PACS point spread functionsMay 11 2016Jun 28 2016The knowledge of the point spread function (PSF) of imaging instruments represents a fundamental requirement for astronomical observations. The Herschel PACS PSFs delivered by the instrument control centre are obtained from observations of the Vesta asteroid, ... More

New Meteorological and Geological Study of Acquapendente (VT)Jun 14 2015In this paper we present an analysis of the geological, meteorological and climatic data recorded in Acquapendente (VT) over 24 years. These data are compared to check local variations,long term trends, and correlation with maen annual temperature. The ... More

Lyman Continuum Escape from Inhomogeneous ISMNov 28 2001We have studied the effects of gas density inhomogeneities on the escape of ionising Lyman continuum (Lyc) photons from Milky Way-type galaxies via 3D numerical simulations using the Monte Carlo radiative transfer code CRASH (Ciardi et al. 2001). To this ... More

Infrared Stability of N=2 Chern-Simons Matter TheoriesDec 22 2009Feb 04 2010According to the AdS4/CFT3 correspondence, N=2 supersymmetric Chern-Simons matter theories should have a stable fixed point in the infrared. In order to support this prediction we study RG flows of two-level Chern-Simons matter theories with/without flavors ... More

Theory of Radio Propagation in Inhomogeneous Media (The Eikonal Method)May 11 2010The Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia has been involved since its foundation in the forecast of the conditions in which a radio link that makes use of propagation by means of ionospheric wave takes place. In the last times it gained interest ... More

Quark-hadron duality and higher twist contributions in structure functionsJan 19 2005Quark-hadron duality is studied in a systematic way for polarized and unpolarized structure functions, by taking into account all the available data in the resonance region. In both cases, a precise perturbative QCD based analysis of the integrals of ... More

Statistics of relativistically broadened Fe K-alpha lines in AGNOct 05 2006We present preliminary results on the properties of relativistically broadened Fe K-alpha lines in a collection of more then 100 Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) observed by the XMM-Newton EPIC-pn camera. Our main conclusions can be summarized as follows: ... More

An all order identity between ABJM and N=4 SYM four-point amplitudesDec 15 2011We derive an exact algebraic identity between the two-loop four-point amplitude in ABJM theory and the corresponding one-loop amplitude in N=4 SYM theory. This identity generalizes previous partial results to an exact relation valid at all orders in the ... More

Luminous star-forming galaxies in the SDSS-GALEX databaseFeb 17 2014We use the combined photometric SDSS + GALEX database to look for populations of luminous blue star-forming galaxies. These were initially identified from such a sample at redshifts near 0.4, using SDSS spectra. We make use of the colour index previously ... More

Exploring the intergalactic medium with VLT/UVESDec 12 2001The remarkable efficiency of the UVES spectrograph at the VLT has made it possible to push high-resolution, high-S/N ground observations of the Ly-a forest down to z~1.5, gaining new insight into the physical conditions of the intergalactic medium and ... More

Exploring the Lyman Forest with VLT/UVESSep 19 2001A sample of 8 QSOs with 1.7 < z_em < 3.7 has been observed with VLT/UVES at a typical resolution 45000 and S/N~40-50. Thanks to the two-arm design of the spectrograph, a remarkable efficiency has been achieved below 400nm and above 800nm, which translates ... More

Green-Schwarz superstring on the latticeMay 05 2016We consider possible discretizations for a gauge-fixed Green-Schwarz action of Type IIB superstring. We use them for measuring the action, from which we extract the cusp anomalous dimension of planar $\mathcal{N}=4$ SYM as derived from AdS/CFT, as well ... More

Two-loop cusp anomaly in ABJM at strong couplingJul 17 2014Oct 01 2014We compute the null cusp anomalous dimension of ABJM theory at strong coupling up to two-loop order. This is done by evaluating corrections to the corresponding superstring partition function, weighted by the $AdS_4\times \mathbb{CP}^3$ action in AdS ... More

Lattice and string worldsheet in AdS/CFT: a numerical studyJan 18 2016We consider a possible discretization for the gauge-fixed Green-Schwarz (two-dimensional) sigma-model action for the Type IIB superstring and use it for measuring the cusp anomalous dimension of planar $\mathcal{N}=4$ SYM as derived from string theory. ... More

Photoionized emission and absorption features in the high-resolution X-ray spectra of NGC 3783Nov 28 2018Our Swift monitoring program triggered two joint XMM-Newton, NuSTAR and HST observations on 11 and 21 December 2016 targeting NGC 3783, as its soft X-ray continuum was heavily obscured. Consequently, emission features, including the O VII radiative recombination ... More

NuSTAR + XMM-Newton monitoring of the neutron star transient AX J1745.6-2901Sep 19 2017AX J1745.6-2901 is a high-inclination (eclipsing) transient neutron star (NS) Low Mass X-ray Binary (LMXB) showcasing intense ionised Fe K absorption. We present here the analysis of 11 XMM-Newton and 15 NuSTAR new data-sets (obtained between 2013-2016), ... More

Anomalous dimensions in N=4 SYM theory at order g^4Mar 22 2000We compute four-point correlation functions of scalar composite operators in the N=4 supercurrent multiplet at order g^4 using the N=1 superfield formalism. We confirm the interpretation of short-distance logarithmic behaviours in terms of anomalous dimensions ... More

Unveiling multiple AGN activity in galaxy mergersNov 02 2016In this paper we present an overview of the MAGNA (Multiple AGN Activity) project aiming at a comprehensive study of multiple supemassive black hole systems. With the main goal to characterize the sources in merging systems at different stages of evolution, ... More

Disclosing the properties of low-redshift dual AGN through XMM-Newton and SDSS spectroscopyJul 09 2018We report on an optical (SDSS) and X-ray (XMM) study of an optically selected sample of four dual AGN systems at projected separations of 30--60~kpc. All sources are detected in the X-ray band (0.3-10 keV); seven objects are optically identified as Seyfert, ... More

The role of magnetic field for quiescence-outburst models in CVsDec 19 2014In this paper we present the elementary assumptions of our research on the role of the magnetic field in modelling the quiescence-outbursts cycle in Cataclysmic Variables (CVs). The behaviour of the magnetic field is crucial not only to integrate the ... More

Observations of Pauli Paramagnetic Effects on the Flux Line Lattice in CeCoIn5Jan 13 2010From small-angle neutron scattering studies of the flux line lattice (FLL) in CeCoIn5, with magnetic field applied parallel to the crystal c-axis, we obtain the field- and temperature-dependence of the FLL form factor, which is a measure of the spatial ... More

Line defects and radiation in $\mathcal{N}=2$ theoriesMay 10 2018We study the conformal data of a generic superconformal half-BPS line defect in a four-dimensional $\mathcal{N} = 2$ theory. We prove a theory independent relation between the one-point function of the stress tensor in the presence of the line defect ... More

Forward-looking portfolio selection with multivariate non-Gaussian models and the Esscher transformMay 15 2018May 25 2018In this study we suggest a portfolio selection framework based on option-implied information and multivariate non-Gaussian models. The proposed models incorporate skewness, kurtosis and more complex dependence structures among stocks log-returns than ... More

Metastability in the reversible inclusion processMay 17 2016We study the condensation regime of the finite reversible inclusion process, i.e., the inclusion process on a finite graph $S$ with an underlying random walk that admits a reversible measure. We assume that the random walk kernel is irreducible and its ... More

On Demazure and local Weyl modules for affine hyperalgebrasJul 16 2013Sep 22 2014We establish the existence of Demazure flags for graded local Weyl modules for hyper current algebras in positive characteristic. If the underlying simple Lie algebra is simply laced, the flag has length one, i.e., the graded local Weyl modules are isomorphic ... More

A Generalized Online Mirror Descent with Applications to Classification and RegressionApr 10 2013Jul 14 2014Online learning algorithms are fast, memory-efficient, easy to implement, and applicable to many prediction problems, including classification, regression, and ranking. Several online algorithms were proposed in the past few decades, some based on additive ... More

Sharp asymptotics for metastability in the random field Curie-Weiss modelJun 27 2008In this paper we study the metastable behavior of one of the simplest disordered spin system, the random field Curie-Weiss model. We will show how the potential theoretic approach can be used to prove sharp estimates on capacities and metastable exit ... More

Additive noise destroys the random attractor close to bifurcationMar 17 2016We provide an example for stabilization by noise. Our approach does not rely on monotonicity arguments due to the presence of higher order differential operators or mixing properties of the system as the noise might be highly degenerate. In the examples ... More

Continuous-time random walk between Lévy-spaced targets in the real lineJun 06 2018We consider a continuous-time random walk which is defined as an interpolation of a random walk on a point process on the real line. The distances between neighboring points of the point process are i.i.d. random variables in the normal domain of attraction ... More

Cooperative Spectrum Sensing Using Random Matrix TheoryMar 05 2008In this paper, using tools from asymptotic random matrix theory, a new cooperative scheme for frequency band sensing is introduced for both AWGN and fading channels. Unlike previous works in the field, the new scheme does not require the knowledge of ... More

The 1/2 BPS Wilson loop in ABJ(M) at two loops: The detailsJul 02 2013Jul 14 2013We compute the expectation value of the 1/2 BPS circular Wilson loop operator in ABJ(M) theory at two loops in perturbation theory. Our result turns out to be in exact agreement with the weak coupling limit of the prediction coming from localization, ... More

Light-like Wilson loops in ABJM and maximal transcendentalityApr 22 2013We revisit the computation of the two-loop light-like tetragonal Wilson loop for three dimensional pure Chern-Simons and N=6 Chern-Simons-matter theory, within dimensional regularization with dimensional reduction scheme. Our examination shows that, contrary ... More

The 1/2 BPS Wilson loop in ABJM theory at two loopsMar 27 2013We compute the expectation value of the 1/2 BPS circular Wilson loop in ABJM theory at two loops in perturbation theory. The result shows perfect agreement with the prediction from localization and the proposed framing factor.

Polar features in the flagellar propulsion of E. coli bacteriaJun 30 2015E. coli bacteria swim following a run and tumble pattern. In the run state all flagella join in a single helical bundle that propels the cell body along approximately straight paths. When one or more flagellar motors reverse direction the bundle unwinds ... More

Does the X-ray emission of the luminous quasar RBS 1124 originate in a mildly relativistic outflowing corona?Sep 16 2009We have observed the luminous (L_x ~ 6x10^44 erg/s) radio-quiet quasar RBS 1124 (z=0.208) with Suzaku. We report the detection of a moderately broad iron (Fe) line and of a weak soft X-ray excess. The X-ray data are very well described by a simple model ... More

XMM-Newton broad-band observations of NGC 7582: Nh variations and fading out of the active nucleusFeb 21 2007We present results from two XMM-Newton observations of the bright classical Seyfert 2 galaxy NGC 7582 taken four years apart (2001 May and 2005 April). We present the analysis of the high-resolution (0.3-1 keV) RGS and low-resolution (0.3-10 keV) EPIC ... More

Novel calibrations of virial black hole mass estimators in active galaxies based on X-ray luminosity and optical/NIR emission linesOct 11 2016Accurately weigh the masses of SMBH in AGN is currently possible for only a small group of local and bright broad-line AGN through reverberation mapping (RM). Statistical demographic studies can be carried out considering the empirical scaling relation ... More

Smoothness in the $l_p$ Minkowski problem for $p<1$Jun 20 2017Oct 21 2018We discuss the smoothness and strict convexity of the solution of the $L_p$ Minkowski problem when $p<1$ and the given measure has a positive density function.

Symmetrization in GeometryMar 02 2016Oct 21 2016The concept of an $i$-symmetrization is introduced, which provides a convenient framework for most of the familiar symmetrization processes on convex sets. Various properties of $i$-symmetrizations are introduced and the relations between them investigated. ... More

On the peculiar properties of the narrow-line quasar PG 1543+489May 08 2008We present the analysis of four XMM-Newton observations of the narrow-line quasar PG 1543+489 at z=0.400 carried out over a rest-frame time-scale of about three years. The X-ray spectrum is characterized by a broad, relativistic iron K_alpha emission ... More

The Suzaku X-ray spectrum of NGC 3147. Further insights on the best "true" Seyfert 2 galaxy candidateApr 04 2012NGC 3147 is so far the most convincing case of a "true" Seyfert 2 galaxy, i.e. a source genuinely lacking the Broad Line Regions. We obtained a Suzaku observation with the double aim to study in more detail the iron line complex, and to check the Compton-thick ... More

A Chandra view of the clumpy reflector at the heart of the Circinus galaxySep 17 2013We present a spectral and imaging analysis of the X-ray reflecting structure at the heart of the Circinus galaxy, investigating the innermost regions surrounding the central black hole. By studying an archival 200 ks Chandra ACIS-S observation, we are ... More

On Operator Mixing in N=4 SYMMay 31 2002We resolve the mixing of the scalar operators of naive dimension 4 belonging to the representation 20' of the SU(4) R-symmetry in N=4 SYM. We compute the order g^2 corrections to their anomalous dimensions and show the absence of instantonic contributions ... More

SCUBA imaging of NGC 7331 dust ringJun 29 1998We present observations of the spiral galaxy NGC 7331 using the Sub-millimetre Common User Bolometer Array (SCUBA) on the James Clark Maxwell Telescope. We have detected a dust ring of 45 arcsec radius (3.3 kpc) at wavelengths of 450 and 850-micron. The ... More

Quantum gravity and black hole spin in gravitational wave observations: a test of the Bekenstein-Hawking entropyDec 12 2018Black hole entropy is a robust prediction of quantum gravity with no observational test to date. We use the Bekenstein-Hawking entropy formula to determine the probability distribution of the spin of black holes at equilibrium in the microcanonical ensemble. ... More

Monte Carlo Predictions of Far-Infrared Emission from Spiral GalaxiesMay 05 2000We present simulations of Far Infrared (FIR) emission by dust in spiral galaxies, based on the Monte Carlo radiative transfer code of Bianchi, Ferrara & Giovanardi (1996). The radiative transfer is carried out at several wavelength in the Ultraviolet, ... More

Nonanticommutative U(1) SYM theories: Renormalization, fixed points and infrared stabilityApr 21 2009Renormalizable nonanticommutative SYM theories with chiral matter in the adjoint representation of the gauge group have been recently constructed in [arXiv:0901.3094]. In the present paper we focus on the U*(1) case with matter interacting through a cubic ... More

SCUBA observations of NGC 6946Dec 01 1999We present sub-millimetre images of the spiral galaxy NGC 6946 at 450 and 850 um. The observations have been carried out using the scan/map imaging mode of the Sub-millimetre Common User Bolometer Array (SCUBA) at the James Clark Maxwell Telescope (JCMT). ... More

Properties of the Konishi multiplet in N=4 SYM theoryApr 02 2001We study perturbative and non-perturbative properties of the Konishi multiplet in N=4 SYM theory in D=4 dimensions. We compute two-, three- and four-point Green functions with single and multiple insertions of the lowest component of the multiplet, and ... More

Halo dust detection around NGC 891Sep 25 2015Observations of edge-on galaxies allow us to investigate the vertical extent and properties of dust, gas and stellar distributions. NGC 891 has been studied for decades and represents one of the best studied cases of an edge-on galaxy. We use deep PACS ... More

XMM-Newton observations of 4 luminous radio-quiet AGN, and the soft X-ray excess problemJan 30 2008The nature and origin of the soft X-ray excess in radio quiet AGN is still an open issue. The interpretation in terms of thermal disc emission has been challanged by the discovery of the constancy of the effective temperature despite the wide range of ... More

Chandra monitoring of UGC 4203: the structure of the X-ray absorberMay 17 2010May 19 2010We present a Chandra monitoring campaign of the highly variable Seyfert galaxy UGC 4203 (the "Phoenix Galaxy") which revealed variations in the X-ray absorbing column density on time scales of two weeks. This is the third, clear case, after NGC 1365 and ... More

D-strings in unconventional type I vacuum configurationsNov 02 1998Apr 12 1999We determine the spectrum of D-string bound states in various classes of generalized type I vacuum configurations with sixteen and eight supercharges. The precise matching of the BPS spectra confirms the duality between unconventional type IIB orientifolds ... More

On gauge couplings and thresholds in Type I Gepner models and otherwiseDec 21 2006Jan 26 2007We derive general formulae for tree level gauge couplings and their one-loop thresholds in Type I models based on genuinely interacting internal N=2 SCFT's, such as Gepner models. We illustrate our procedure in the simple yet non-trivial instance of the ... More

The origin of the iron lines in NGC 7213Jul 08 2003The analysis of a simultaneous XMM-Newton/BeppoSAX plus three previous BeppoSAX observations revealed that NGC 7213 is a rather peculiar Seyfert 1. No significant Compton reflection component was observed, while an iron line complex, best explained in ... More

Relativistic spectral features from X-ray illuminated spots and the measure of the black hole mass in AGNJan 29 2004Narrow spectral features in the 5--6 keV range were recently discovered in the X-ray spectra of a few active galactic nuclei. We discuss the possibility that these features are due to localized spots which occur on the surface of an accretion disc following ... More

On the logarithmic behaviour in N=4 SYM theoryJun 24 1999We show that the logarithmic behaviour seen in perturbative and non perturbative contributions to Green functions of gauge-invariant composite operators in N=4 SYM with SU(N) gauge group can be consistently interpreted in terms of anomalous dimensions ... More

An Atlas of Monte Carlo Models of Dust Extinction in Galaxies for Cosmological ApplicationsMar 04 1999We present an extensive study of the radiative transfer in dusty galaxies based on Monte Carlo simulations. The main output of these simulations are the attenuation curves ${\cal A}_\lambda$ (i.e. the ratio between the observed, dust extinguished, total ... More

Brain Age from the Electroencephalogram of SleepMay 16 2018The human electroencephalogram (EEG) of sleep undergoes profound changes with age. These changes can be conceptualized as "brain age", which can be compared to an age norm to reflect the deviation from normal aging process. Here, we develop an interpretable ... More

Absence of long range order in the frustrated magnet SrDy$_2$O$_4$ due to trapped defects from a dimensionality crossoverFeb 08 2017Apr 19 2017Magnetic frustration and low dimensionality can prevent long range magnetic order and lead to exotic correlated ground states. SrDy$_2$O$_4$ consists of magnetic Dy$^{3+}$ ions forming magnetically frustrated zig-zag chains along the c-axis and shows ... More

UV-optical colours as probes of early-type galaxy evolutionJan 02 2006Oct 31 2007We have studied ~2100 early-type galaxies in the SDSS DR3 which have been detected by the GALEX Medium Imaging Survey (MIS), in the redshift range 0 < z < 0.11. Combining GALEX UV photometry with corollary optical data from the SDSS, we find that, at ... More