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I am a researcher associate in the X-ray Group of the Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge with Prof. Andy Fabian. My research focuses on the properties of astrophysical plasmas and their diagnostics. My main expertise is the X-ray spectroscopy of different astrophysical environments such as cluster of galaxies, active galactic nuclei and normal galaxies. I obtained my PhD at Radboud University Nijmegen in collaboration with SRON, the Netherlands Institute for Space Research, under the supervision of Frank Verbunt, Jelle Kaastra, and Elisa Costantini. The topic of my thesis was the composition of the interstellar medium in the Galaxy as seen through X-rays.

Scientific interests:

Active galaxies: X-ray spectroscopy and variability of outflows, warm absorbers, and persistent continuum

Clusters of galaxies: chemical evolution and turbulence estimates through X-ray spectroscopy

Interstellar medium: absorption and scattering of X-rays by interstellar gas, dust, and molecules

X-ray binaries and cataclysmic variables: disk, atmosphere and wind spectroscopy


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List of selected publications

Curriculum Vitae et al:

Curriculum vitae

Ph.D. Thesis book


Relativistic Astrophysics And Cosmology 2008/2009 – Teacher assistant of John Heise and Peter Hoyng

Galaxies 2010/2011 – Teacher assistant of Soeren Larsen


C. Pinto 
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge 
Madingley Road 
CB3 0HA 
United Kingdom 
Email: cpinto[at] 
Tel: +44 (0)1223 339281 
Fax: +44 (0)1223 337523

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