Diego F. Torres

Institut de Ciències de l'Espai

Experimental Sciences & Mathematics

I was born in Argentina, where I studied up to obtaining a PhD from the National University at La Plata. After several fellowships (Sussex University, Inst. for Radioastronomy, Princeton University, Lawrence Livermore Natl. Lab.) and long stays in Italy, I started a new group on high-energy astrophysics in Barcelona. I have received several scientific awards (among them, the Chinese Academy of Science Senior Visiting Professorship, the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Award of the Humboldt Foundation of Germany, the Shakti Duggal Award on Cosmic Ray Physics of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics, and the Guggenheim Fellowship). I have published 220+ papers, which have  12000+ citations. These papers can be accessed from ADS (http://bit.ly/1f9pno4). I edited 7 books. I became Director of the Institute of Space Sciences in March, 2016.

Research interests

The familiar sights of peacefully shining stars would be replaced by something extreme and variable should you look with gamma-ray eyes. You would be glancing at the most energetic phenomena known in astrophysics: accreting masses around black holes, pulsars, close binaries, regions of stellar formation, explosions of supernovae, and others. I develop theoretical models for these scenarios, and test them with observations using ground-based telescopes and satellites. My research group hosted about 30 scientists and published more than 250 papers since its foundation in 2006. My research focuses on compact objects and cosmic rays. My earlier research includes gravitation and cosmology; particularly, scalar-tensor theories and non-minimal couplings, scalar dark matter, boson stars, gravitational lensing, and wormholes. I published several papers on all these topics.

You can know more about all this from my webpage,  https://sites.google.com/view/dft-research

Selected publications

- Torres DF 2017, 'A rotationally powered magnetar nebula around Swift J1834.9-0846', Astrophysical Journal, 835, 1, 54. 13pp.

- Torres DF, Long J, Jian L, Papitto A, Rea N, de Ona Wilhelmi E & Zhang S 2017, 'A Search for Transitions between States in Redbacks and Black Widows Using Seven Years of Fermi-LAT Observations', Astrophysical Journal, 836, 1, 68.

- The MAGIC Collaboration (including DFT) 2017, 'A cut-off in the TeV gamma-ray spectrum of the SNR Cassiopeia A', Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, vol. 472, issue 3, pp. 2956-2962.

- Li J, Torres DF, Cheng K-S, de Ona Wilhelmi E, Kretschmar P, Hou X & Takata J 2017, 'GeV Detection of HESS J0632+057', Astrophysical Journal, 846, 2, 169.

- Torres  DF (Editor) 2017, 'Modelling Pulsar Wind Nebulae', Astrophysics and Space Science Library, Volume 446. ISBN 978-3-319-63030-4. Springer International Publishing AG, 2017, 313 pages

Selected research activities

I published 11 papers in international journals, either alone, or with a small number of co-authors, or significantly contributing within larger collaborations.

I edited 2 books, the latest being:

    Modelling Pulsar Wind Nebulae
    Torres, Diego F. (Editor)
    Astrophysics and Space Science Library, Volume 446. ISBN 978-3-319-63030-4. Springer International Publishing AG, 2017, 313 pages

I acted as Director of the Institute of Space Sciences (The Institute pertains to the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC),
has about 80 members, 3 departments, and 7 laboratories).

As such, and among many other things, I have organized the Institute's

-1st Summer School

-1st Annual Strategy Retreat

-1st visit of the International Advisory Committee
I also acted as Co-Director of the Institut d'Estudis Espacials de Catalunya (IEEC). as referee for several astrophysical journals (in repeated ocassions) and research projects of several countries.