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Diego F. Torres

Diego F. Torres

Institut d’Estudis Espacials de Catalunya & Institut de Ciències de l'Espai

Experimental Sciences & Mathematics

I was born in Buenos Aires, where I studied up to obtaining my doctoral degree in physics from the National University at La Plata, working on cosmology and astrophysics of extended gravitational theories. After several years in fellowships around the world, I moved to the Institute of Space Sciences to start a research group on high-energy astrophysics. My research focuses on compact objects and cosmic rays. I have received several scientific awards  including the Chinese Academy of Science Senior Visiting Professorship as well as its Presidential Fellowship, 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, the Guggenheim Fellowship, and several others. 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 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. My research group hosted about 40 scientists since its foundation in 2006. You can know more about all this, including links to my publications, from my own or the institute’s webpage,


Selected publications

– Ajello M.; et al. (including Diego F. Torres), 2021, ‘High-energy emission from a magnetar giant flare in the Sculptor galaxy’, Nature Astronomy 5, 385-391

Mestre, E.; de Ona Wilhelmi, E.; Khangulyan, D.; Zanin, R.; Acero, F.; Torres, D. F., 2021, ‘The Crab nebula variability at short time-scales with the Cherenkov Telescope Array’, Monthly Notices Of The Royal Astronomical Society, 501, 337-346.

– Ambrosino, F. (including Francesco Coti-Zelati, Diego F. Torres, 31 authors) 2021, ‘Optical and ultraviolet pulsed emission from an accreting millisecond pulsar’, Nature Astronomy, 5, p. 552-559

– Blumer H., Safi-Harb S., Borghese A., Martin J., McLaughlin M., Torres, Diego F., Younes G. 2021, ‘Back to Quiescence: Postoutburst Evolution of the Pulsar J1119-6127 and Its Wind Nebula’, Astrophysical Journal, 917, 2, 56.

– Bandiera R., Bucciantini N., Martín J., Olmi B., Torres, D. F. (Stated in the paper frontpage: all authors contributed equally) ‘Revisiting the evolution of non-radiative supernova remnants: a hydrodynamical-informed parametrization of the shock positions’, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 508, 3194-3207

Coti Zelati, F.; Hugo, B.; Torres, D. F., et al.. 2021, ‘Simultaneous X-ray and radio observations of the transitional millisecond pulsar candidate CXOU J110926.4-650224 The discovery of a variable radio counterpart’, Astronomy & Astrophysics, 655, A52.

Selected research activities

-Director of the Institute of Space Sciences.

-Scientific Director of the Maria de Maeztu Excellence Award of the Institute of Space Sciences.

-Member of Fermi-LAT and CTA collaborations.

-Published 11 international journal papers this year (and have co-authored three more as a member of a collaboration).

-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of High Energy Astrophysics (Elsevier).

-Have been a referee for mainstream astronomical journals in several occasions, as well as of projects, promotions, and grants offered by Poland, Hong Kong, Denmark, Belgium, and the EU.

ICREA Memoir 2021