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I am Observatory Scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore.
I work within the STSCI Instrument Division as Team Lead for NIRCam (Near-Infrared Camera), the main instrument of the future James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).
I am also Research Scientist at the Johns Hopkins University, Henry A.
Rowland Department of Physics & Astronomy, also in Baltimore.
My main expertise is in the concept, development and operations of novel infrared instrumentation, both for ground- and space-based astronomy. Before JWST/NIRCam,I was instrument scientist for the infrared channel of the WFC3 (Wide Field Camera 3) onboard the Hubble Space Telescope; I have also conceived SPACE, a Dark Energy mission selected by the European Space Agency for the Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 plan (now part of the Euclid mission).
For ground based telescopes, I have build the MAX camera for the UKIRT telescope in Hawaii; I am currently Principal Investigator of the SAMOS multi-slit spectrograph for the SOAR telescope in Chile.
My main research field is Star Formation, the Orion Nebula in particular. I have led two Hubble Treasury Programs on the Orion Nebula Cluster. The first one (GO10246), awarded with 104 orbits of HST time in Cycle 13 to study the Orion Nebula Cluster has produced one of the most beautiful images ever made by Hubble (at least according to National Geographics). The science data products for this project are avaialble on the STScI MAST archive here. The second treasury program also on the Orion Nebula Cluster is currently in execution.
Before joining AURA, I worked for the European Space
Agency as Astronomer assigned to the Hubble program (1999-2005); earlier in
my career, I have been staff astronomer at Max Planck Institut fuer
Astronomie, Heidelberg (1995-1999) and Research Astronomer at Osservatorio Astrofisico di Torino
(1987-2005). I hold a Summa cum Laude degree in Physics and a PhD in Astronomy
from University of Torino.
Asteroid 2008 QE12 - Robberto is orbiting somewhere in the Solar System.
to see where it is now.
For my list of publications on the SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Pre/Reprints of most papers published on refereed journals can be found on arXiv.org at Publications-astroph
The purpose of this page is to provide my contact information. I will try to give sporadic updates on my recent scientific research , especially papers in advance of publication and hard-to-find reprints of studies done for functional work. There are also links to data sets on star formation, some software tool, and perhaps a bit of personal information.
Massimo Robberto's Site STScI WWW
Revised © May 2013 - Massimo Robberto