Pepi Fabbiano is a Senior Astrophysicists in the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and an Associate of Harvard University.
General Fields of Investigation:
Normal galaxies and their different X-ray emission components; XRB populations; the hot ISM and mass measurements of early-type galaxies; the connection between galaxy environment and nuclear activity. Optical, IR, UV, and radio observations are obtained to supplement the X-ray data.
Galaxies are key objects for the study of cosmology, the life cycle of matter, and stellar evolution. X-ray observations have given us a new key band for understanding these building blocks of the Universe, with implications ranging from the study of extreme physical situations, such as can be found in the proximity of Black Holes, or near the surface of neutron stars; to the interaction of galaxies and their environment; to the measure of parameters of fundamental cosmological importance.
Fabbiano has written two review for the Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics on this subject.
Fabbiano is the Head of the Data System (DS) Division of the Chandra X-ray Center (CXC). CXC-DS is responsible for the receipt, processing, archival and distribution of the Chandra X-ray Observatory data; it supports Chandra science operations, and develops and distributes science user software (proposal preparation and CIAO).
The Virtual Observatory and Digital Data Interoperability:
Fabbiano leads VO activities at CfA; was the Chair of the VAO Science Council, and a member of the IVOA Exec. She has served in the Smithsonian Institution (SI) committees that have generated the SI Digital Data Directive, and represented SI in the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Interagency Working Group on Digital Data (IWGDD); she was co-author of the SI Digitization Strategic Plan and of the IWGDD report Harnessing the power of Digital Data for Science and Society