ICRANet Scientific Report 2020


The 2020 Scientific Report

Presented to

The Scientific Committee


Remo Ruffini

Director of ICRANet

In 1985 George Coyne, Francis Everitt, Fang Li-Zhi, Riccardo Giacconi (Nobel laureate 2002), Remo Ruffini, Abdus Salam (Nobel laureate 1979), promoted the establishment of the International Centre for Relativistic Astrophysics (ICRA), asking the Rector of the University of Rome “La Sapienza” Antonio Ruberti to host the Centre at the Physics Department. ICRA became legal entity in 1991. A successful story of research followed for 30 years. ICRA was further extended to other Institutions, as it is clear from the current Statute (see Enclosure 0).

Founders of ICRA. Above: George Coyne and Remo Ruffini in presence of His Holyness John Paul II; Francis Everitt; Fang Li-Zhi. Middle: Riccardo Giacconi receiving his Nobel prize in 2002; Riccardo Giacconi (right), with Hagen Kleinert (middle) and Remo Ruffini (left), in the basement of the ICRANet Centre in Pescara during his 6 years mandate as President of the ICRANet Scientific Committee from 2006 to 2012; Abdus Salam. Below: Antonio Ruberti and Remo Ruffini in Sapienza University on the occasion of the ICRA celebration of the 1986 passage of the Halley Comet held in presence of the President of the Republic of Italy.

At the dawn of the new millennium it was approached the need to extend this activity, based on Italian national laws, to the International scenario. Thanks to the support and advise of the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, a Statute was drafted for creating a truly international organization to develop the field of relativistic astrophysics worldwide. ICRANet has been indeed created by a law of the Italian Government, ratified unanimously by the Italian Parliament and signed by the President of the Republic of Italy on February 10th 2005. The Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Italy, the Vatican State, ICRA, the University of Arizona and the Stanford University have been the Founding Members. On August 12th, 2011 the President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff signed the entrance of Brazil in ICRANet. All of them have ratified the Statute of ICRANet (see Enclosures 1-2-3-4).

Extensive Scientific reports have been presented every year to the Scientific Committee by the Director of ICRANet (see http://www.icranet.org/AnnualReports). The aim of this 2020 report is to review the traditional fields of research, upgrade the publication list and scientific results obtained in the meantime in the ICRANet Centers in Italy, Armenia, Brazil, France, report on the status of the requests of adhesion to ICRANet by Belarus and China (see Enclosures 5-6), indicate the composition of the Faculty, of the Administrative Staff, of the Lecturers, of the Students. The Curricula of the ICRANet Staff are given in the Accompanying Document "The ICRANet Staff, Visiting Scientists and Graduate Students at the Pescara Center”.

1. International Meetings

I would like now to remind some Scientific Meetings organized by ICRANet in 2020 (Enclosures 7).

We are completing the proceedings of:

    - 15th Marcel Grossmann Meeting (MGXV), Rome, Italy, July 1-7, 2018 (proceedings published by World Scientific).

    - 16th Italian-Korean Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics, Pescara, Italy, July 1–5, 2019.

We have also organized the following meetings:

    - Betelgeuse dimming: the state of the star International workshop, Pescara, Italy, January 17, 2020.

    - The Fourth Zeldovich virtual meeting, September 7-11, 2020.

2. Scientific agreements

Particularly intense have been the confirmation and extension of the existent agreements with the Universities and research centres.

These collaborations are crucial in order to give ICRANet scientists the possibility to give courses and lectures in the Universities and, viceversa, to provide to the Faculty of such Universities the opportunity to spend research periods in ICRANet institutions.

Map of the Institutions worldwide which signed an agreement with ICRANet, with the corresponding exchanges of professors, researchers and post-docs, as well as with the joint meetings organized. For an interactive version of this map, with the details of each and every Institution, see http://www.icranet.org/ScientificAgreements.

3. The International Ph.D. Program in Relativistic Astrophysics (IRAP-PhD)

One of the strong tools of success of the activity of ICRANet has been the International Ph.D. Program in Relativistic Astrophysics (IRAP-PhD) promoted by ICRANet (see Enclosure 8). In 2016 Armenia joined the French, German and Italian Universities in granting the degree.

One of the major success of ICRANet has been to participate in the International competition of the Erasmus Mundus Ph.D. program and the starting of this program from the 2010. The participating institutions are:

    AEI – Albert Einstein Institute – Potsdam (Germany)

    ASI – Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (Italy)

    Bremen University (Germany)

    Bucaramanga University (Colombia)

    Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg (Germany)

    CBPF – Brazilian Centre for Physics Research (Brazil)

    CNR – Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Italy)

    Ferrara University (Italy)

    ICRA (Italy)

    INAF – Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (Italy)

    Indian centre for space physics (India)

    Institut Hautes Etudes Scientifiques – IHES (France)

    Inst. of High Energy Physics of the Chinese Academy of Science – IHEP-CAS, China

    INPE (Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais, Brasil)

    Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie – MPIfR (Germany)

    National Academy of Science (Armenia)

    Observatory of the Côte d'Azur (France)

    Rome University – “Sapienza” (Italy)

    Savoie-Mont-Blanc University (France)

    Shanghai Astronomical Observatory (China)

    Stockholm University (Sweden)

    Tartu Observatory (Estonia)

    UAM – Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (Mexico)

    Université Côte d'Azur (France)

The IRAP PHD program intends to create conditions for high level education in Astrophysics mainly in Europe to create a new generation of leading scientists in the region. No single university in Europe today has the expertise required to attain this ambitious goal by itself. For this reason we have identified universities which offers a very large complementarity expertise. The students admitted and currently following courses and doing research in such a program are given in the following:

Map of the Institutions participating in the IRAP-PhD program

Third Cycle 2004-07
- Chiappinelli Anna - France
- Cianfrani Francesco - Italy
- Guida Roberto - Italy
- Rotondo Michael - Italy
- Vereshchagin Gregory - Belarus
- Yegoryan Gegham - Armenia

Fourth Cycle 2005-08
- Battisti Marco Valerio - Italy
- Dainotti Maria Giovanna - Italy
- Khachatryan Harutyun - Armenia
- Lecian Orchidea Maria - Italy
- Pizzi Marco - Italy
- Pompi Francesca - Italy

Fifth Cycle 2006-09
- Caito Letizia - Italy
- De Barros Gustavo - Brasil
- Minazzoli Olivier - Switzerland
- Patricelli Barbara - Italy
- Rangel Lemos Luis Juracy - Brasil
- Rueda Hernandez Jorge Armando - Colombia

Sixth Cycle 2007-2010
- Ferroni Valerio - Italy
- Izzo Luca - Italy
- Kanaan Chadia - Lebanon
- Pugliese Daniela - Italy
- Siutsou Ivan - Belarus
- Sigismondi Costantino - Italy

Seventh Cycle 2008-2011
- Belvedere Riccardo - Italy
- Ceccobello Chiara - Italy
- Ferrara Walter - Italy
- Ferrari Francesca - Italy
- Han Wenbiao - China
- Luongo Orlando - Italy
- Pandolfi Stefania - Italy
- Taj Safia - Pakistan

Eight Cycle 2009-2012
- Boshkayev Kuantay - Kazakhstan
- Bravetti Alessandro - Italy
- Ejlli Damian - Albanian
- Fermani Paolo - Italian
- Haney Maria - Germany
- Menegoni Eloisa - Italy
- Sahakyan Narek - Armenia
- Saini Sahil - Indian

Ninth Cycle 2010-2013 (including Erasmus Mundus call)
- Arguelles Carlos - Argentina
- Benetti Micol - Italy
- Muccino Marco - Italy
- Baranov Andrey - Russia
- Benedetti Alberto - Italy
- Dutta Parikshit - India
- Fleig Philipp - Germany
- Gruber Christine - Austria
- Liccardo Vincenzo - Italy
- Machado De Oliveira Fraga Bernardo - Brazil
- Martins De Carvalho Sheyse - Brazil
- Penacchioni Ana Virginia Argentina
- Valsan Vineeth - India

Tenth Cycle 2011-2014 (including Erasmus Mundus call)
- Cáceres Uribe Diego Leonardo - Colombia
- Raponi Andrea - Italy
- Wang Yu - China
- Begue Damien - France
- Dereli Husne - Turkey
- Gregoris Daniele - Italy
- Iyyani Shabnam Syamsunder - India
- Pereira Jonas Pedro - Brazil
- Pisani Giovanni - Italy
- Rakshit Suvendu - India
- Sversut Arsioli Bruno - Brazil
- Wu Yuanbin - China

Eleventh Cycle 2012-2015 (including Erasmus Mundus call)
- Barbarino Cristina - Italy
- Bardho Onelda - Albania
- Cipolletta Federico - Italy
- Dichiara Simone - Italy
- Enderli Maxime - France
- Filina Anastasia - Russia
- Galstyan Irina - Armenia
- Gomes De Oliveira Fernanda - Brazil
- Khorrami Zeinab - Iran
- Ludwig Hendrik - Germany
- Sawant Disha - India
- Strobel Eckhard - Germany

Twelfth Cycle 2013-2016 (including Erasmus Mundus call and CAPES-ICRANet call)
- Ahlén Olof - Sweden
- Becerra Bayona Laura - Colombia
- Brandt Carlos Henrique - Brazil
- Carvalho, Gabriel - Brazil
- Gómez Gabriel - Colombia
- Harutyunyan Vahagn - Armenia
- Kovacevic Milos - Serbia
- Li Liang - China
- Lisakov Sergey - Russia
- Maiolino Tais - Brazil
- Pereira Lobo Iarley - Brazil
- Sridhar Srivatsan - India
- Stahl Clément - France
- Yang Xiaofeng - China

Thirteenth Cycle 2014-2017 (including Erasmus Mundus call and CAPES-ICRANet call)
- Aimuratov Yerlan - Kazakhstan
- Chang Yu-Ling - Taiwan
- Delgado Camilo - Colombia
- Efremov Pavel - Ukraine
- Gardai Collodel Lucas - Brazil
- Karlica Mile - Croatia
- Krut Andreas - Germany
- Martinez Aviles Gerardo - Mexico
- Moradi Rahim - Iran
- Otoniel da Silva, Edson - Brazil
- Silva de Araújo Sadovski Guilherme - Brazil
- Ramos Cardoso Tatiana - Brazil
- Rodriguez Ruiz, Jose Fernando - Colombia

Fourteenth Cycle 2015-2018
- Al-Saud Naiyf Saud - Saudi Arabia
- Almonacid Guerrero William Alexander - Colombia
- Gardai Collodel Lucas - Brazil/Hungary
- Gutierrez Saavedra Julian Steven - Colombia
- Isidoro dos Santos Júnior Samuel - Brazil
- Meira Lindolfo - Brazil
- Melon Fuksman Julio David - Argentina
- Primorac Daria - Croatia
- Silva de Araujo Sadovski Guilherme - Brazil
- Uribe Suárez Juan David - Colombia

Fifteenth Cycle 2016-2019
- Baghmanyan Vardan - Armenia
- Bedić Suzana - Croatia
- Campion Stefano - Italy
- Chen Yen-Chen - Taiwan
- Gasparyan Sargis - Armenia
- Vieira Lobato Ronaldo - Brazil
- Zargaryan Davit - Armenia

Sixteenth Cycle 2017-2020
- Becerra Vergara Eduar Antonio - Colombia
- Carinci Massimo Luca Emiliano - Italy
- Prakapenia Mikalai - Belarus
- Yunis Rafael Ignacio - Argentina

4. Summary of the Main Lines of Research from Volume 2 and Volume 3 of the Report.

We can now turn to the review of the scientific topics covered in the volumes 2 and 3.

High Energy Gamma-rays from Active Galactic Nuclei (Page 1).

Particularly important is this report, which summarizes the activities traditionally carried on by the ICRANet Armenian Scientists in the MAGIC and HESS collaborations, which acquire a particular relevance in view of the ICRANet Seat at the National Academy of Science in Armenia. This topic was motivated by Prof. Felix Aharonian joining ICRANet as representative of Armenia in the Scientific Committee and by his appointment as Adjunct Professor of ICRANet on the Benjamin Jegischewitsch Markarjan Chair. Many of the observational work done by Prof. Aharonian are crucial for the theoretical understanding of the ultra high energy sources. Prof. Aharonian started also his collaboration with the IRAP PhD program where he is following the thesis of graduate students as thesis advisor. The evolution and future prospects on the analysis of the high-energy gamma-ray emission are presented in this report by Prof. Aharonian and Dr. Sahakyan. The main new contribution in this very successful traditional field of research has been the nomination of Prof. Narek Sahakyan as Director of Yerevan ICRANet Centre. The support of the State Science Committee of Armenia has allowed to create in that Seat a remarkable number of IRAP-PhD students, and of Master and undergraduate students, with administrative and technical support.

The MAGIC telescope

Papers published in 2020 include:

    Sahakyan N., Israyelyan D., Harutyunyan G., Khachatryan M., Gasparyan S., Multiwavelength study of high-redshift blazars, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, olume 498, Issue 2, 2020, p.2594-2613.

    Sahakyan N., Broad-band study of high-synchrotron-peaked BL Lac object 1ES 1218+304, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 496, Issue 4, 2020, pp.5518-5527

    Sahakyan, N., Investigation of the -ray spectrum of CTA 102 during the exceptional flaring state in 2016-2017, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Volume 635, id.A25, 2020, 10 pp.

    SahakyanN., Israyelyan D.,Harutyunyan G., AMultiwavelength Study of Distant Blazar PKS 0537-286, Astrophysics, volume 63, 2020, p. 459-469

    Sahakyan N., Harutyunyan G., Israelyan D., Khachatryan M., Exploring the Origin of Multiwavelength Emission from High-Redshift Blazar B3 1343 + 451, Astrophysics, Volume 63, Issue 3, 2020, p.334-348

    Giommi P., Chang Y., Turriziani S., Glauch T., Leto C., Verrecchia F., Padovani P., Penacchioni A., Arneodo F., Barres de AlmeidaU., Brandt C., Capalbi M., Civitarese O., D; Elia V., Di Giovanni A., De Angelis M., Del Rio Vera J., Di Pippo S., Middei R., Perri M., Pollock A., Puccetti S., Ricard N., Ruffini R., Sahakyan N., Open Universe survey of Swift-XRT GRB fields: Flux-limited sample of HBL blazars, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Volume 642, id.A141, 2020, 9 pp.

    Sahakyan N., High Energy -ray variability of NGC 1275 and 3C 120, Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union, Volume 342, 2020, pp. 172-175

    MAGIC Collaboration, VERITAS Collaboration, Abeysekara, A., Benbow, W.,.... Gasparyan, S.,...SahakyanN.,.... Villata,M., The Great Markarian 421 Flare of 2010 February: Multiwavelength Variability and Correlation Studies, The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 890, Issue 2, id.97, 2020, 21 pp.

    MAGIC Collaboration, Acciari V., Ansoldi S.,.... Gasparyan, S.,...Sahakyan N.,.... Lien, A., Multiwavelength variability and correlation studies of Mrk 421 during historically low X-ray and -ray activity in 2015-2016, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/staa3727

    MAGIC Collaboration, Acciari V., Ansoldi S.,.... Gasparyan, S.,...Sahakyan N.,.... Zari, D., The Great Markarian 421 Flare of 2010 February: Multiwavelength Variability and Correlation Studies, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Volume 635, id.A158, 2020, 10 pp.

    MAGIC Collaboration, Acciari V., Ansoldi S.,.... Gasparyan, S.,...Sahakyan N.,.... Lohfink A., New Hard-TeV Extreme Blazars Detected with the MAGIC Telescopes, The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, Volume 247, Issue 1, id.16, 2020, 24 p.

    MAGIC Collaboration, Acciari V., Ansoldi S.,.... Gasparyan, S.,...Sahakyan N.,.... Walker R., Monitoring of the radio galaxy M 87 during a low emission state from 2012 to 2015 with MAGIC, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 492, Issue 4, 2020, p.5354-5365

    MAGIC Collaboration, Acciari V., Ansoldi S.,.... Gasparyan, S.,...Sahakyan N.,.... Tammi J., Study of the variable broadband emission of Markarian 501 during the most extreme Swift X-ray activity, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Volume 637, id.A86, 2020, 27 pp.

    MAGIC Collaboration, Acciari V., Ansoldi S.,.... Gasparyan, S.,...Sahakyan N.,.... Zari, D., A search for dark matter in Triangulum II with the MAGIC telescopes, Physics of the Dark Universe, Volume 28, article id. 100529, 2020.

    MAGIC Collaboration, Acciari V., Ansoldi S.,.... Gasparyan, S.,...Sahakyan N.,.... Zari, D., Broadband characterisation of the very intense TeV flares of the blazar 1ES 1959+650 in 2016, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Volume 638, id.A14, 2020, 16 pp.

    MAGIC Collaboration, Acciari V., Ansoldi S.,.... Gasparyan, S.,...Sahakyan N.,.... Reinthal R., Unraveling the Complex Behavior of Mrk 421 with Simultaneous X-Ray and VHE Observations during an Extreme Flaring Activity in 2013 April, The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, Volume 248, Issue 2, 2020, id.29

    MAGIC Collaboration, Acciari V., Ansoldi S.,.... Gasparyan, S.,...Sahakyan N.,.... Zheng W., An intermittent extreme BL Lac: MWL study of 1ES 2344+514 in an enhanced state, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 496, Issue 3, 2020, pp.3912-3928

    MAGIC Collaboration, Acciari V., Ansoldi S.,.... Gasparyan, S.,...Sahakyan N.,.... Zari, D., Studying the nature of the unidentified gamma-ray source HESS J1841-055 with the MAGIC telescopes, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 497, Issue 3, 2020, p. 3734-3745

    MAGIC Collaboration, Acciari V., Ansoldi S.,.... Gasparyan, S.,...Sahakyan N.,.... Zari, D., Bounds on Lorentz Invariance Violation from MAGIC Observation of GRB 190114C, Physical Review Letters, Volume 125, Issue 2, 2020, article id.021301

    MAGIC Collaboration, Acciari V., Ansoldi S.,.... Gasparyan, S.,...Sahakyan N.,.... Kehusmaa P., Testing two-componentmodels on very high-energy gamma-ray-emitting BL Lac objects, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Volume 640, id.A132, 2020, 29 pp.

    MAGIC Collaboration, Acciari V., Ansoldi S.,.... Gasparyan, S.,...Sahakyan N.,.... Zari, D., MAGIC observations of the diffuse -ray emission in the vicinity of the Galactic center, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Volume 642, id.A190, 2020, 9 pp.

    MAGIC Collaboration, Acciari V., Ansoldi S.,.... Gasparyan, S.,...Sahakyan N.,.... Parkinson P., Detection of the Geminga pulsar with MAGIC hints at a power-law tail emission beyond 15 GeV, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Volume 643, id.L14, 2020, 6 p.

The ICRANet-Minsk Report (Page 121)

ICRANet-Minsk center was established in 2017 following the agreement between ICRANet and the National Academy of Sciences of Republic of Belarus. It operates in areas of Relativistic Astrophysics and Cosmology, in the theoretical and observational fields, in line with ICRANet activities. Specifically its research focuses on radiation transfer in relativistic plasma, kinetics of relativistic plasma, and effects of gravity in light nteraction with quantum systems. Due to requirement of heavy parallel computing, special hardware is developed, in particular the workstation of ICRANet-Minsk which is based on GPU modules allowing peak power of 14 TFLOPS.

Papers published in 2020 include:

    M.A. Prakapenia, “Pauli blocking effects in thermalization of relativistic plasma”/M. A. Prakapenia, G. V. Vereshchagin // Physics Letters A. – 2020. – Vol. 384. – P. 126679

    M.A.Prakapenia, “Numerical scheme for evaluating the collision integrals for triple interactions in relativistic plasma”/ Prakapenia M. A., Siutsou I. A., Vereshchagin G. V. // Physics of Plasmas. – 2020. – Vol. 27. – No. 11. – P. 113302.

    S. Komarov, “Reconstruction of relative motion of a binary star in the vicinity of black hole by its redshift”/ S. Komarov, A. Gorbatsievich // International Journal of Modern Physics A. – 2020.– Vol. 35.– P. 2040052

    V. Stefanov, “Conditional Disappearance of Gravitational Dephasing in Multilevel Atomic Systems”// Journal of Applied Spectroscopy – 2020. – Vol. 87. – No. 4. – P. 641-646


The ICRANet Brazilian Science Data Center (BSDC), Multi-frequency selection and studies of blazars and Open Universe Activities within ICRANet (Page 141)

The BSDC has been one of the leading projects of ICRANet Brazil which has been more significantly affected by the absence of support from Brazil. No matter these economical difficulties, the BSDC Centre has been fully operative and is now producing the first ICRANet catalog of Active Galactic Nuclei and of Gamma-Ray Bursts.

Papers published in 2020 include:

    Chang Y.-L., Brandt C.H., & Giommi P. The VOU-Blazars tool Astronomy and Computing, 2020, 30, 100350

    P. Giommi, T. Glauch, P. Padovani, E. Resconi, A. Turcati, Y.L. Chang Dissecting the regions around IceCube high-energy neutrinos: growing evidence for the blazar connection. 2020, MNRAS, 497, 865

    Giommi, P. et al. Chang, Y. L.; Turriziani, S.; Glauch, T.; Leto, C.; Verrecchia, F.; Padovani, P.; Penacchioni, A. V.; Arneodo, F.; Barres de Almeida, U.; Brandt, C. H.; Capalbi, M.; Civitarese, O.; D’Elia, V.; Di Giovanni, A.; De Angelis, M.; Del Rio Vera, J.; Di Pippo, S.; Middei, R.; Perri, M. Open Universe survey of Swift-XRT GRB fields: Flux-limited sample of HBL blazars 2020, A&A, 642, A141.

    Giommi, P.; Padovani, P.; Oikonomou, F.; Glauch, T.; Paiano, S.; Resconi, E 3HSP J095507.9+355101: A flaring extreme blazar coincident in space and time with IceCube-200107A 2020, A&A, 640, L4

Exact solutions of Einstein and Einstein-Maxwell equations (Page 169)

This field has been pioneered by Prof. Belinski, in collaboration with Prof. Thibault Damour in Paris, Prof. Mark Henneaux at the University of Bruxelles, Prof. Hermann Nicolai in Berlin. A Lectio Magistralis by Prof. Belinski on the physics of fundamental interaction and unification field theory which is available on the ICRANet channel on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omyR2hcgFic).

The application of the Inverse Scattering Method (ISM), based on the Lax representation, to the integration of the vacuum Einstein equations was developed in 1978 by V.A.Belinski and V.E.Zakharov (BZ in the sequel). By this method they discovered the gravitational solitons, that is the solitonic excitations of the gravitational field in empty spacetime. In particular, there was shown that the Schwarzschild and Kerr black holes are solitons in the exact mathematical sense. Before 1987 only two cases of non-vacuum extension of this techniques were known. These are the case of perfect liquid with stiff matter equation of state (V.A.Belinski, 1979) and the case of electromagnetic field (G.A.Alekseev, 1980). In the framework of the last extention it was shown that the Reissner-Nordstrom and Kerr-Newman black holes also are solitons in the exact mathematical sense.

Quite new non-vacuum extension of the ISM have been found in supergravity when two-dimensional spacetime is filled by the scalar fields and their fermionic superpartners. This outstanding integrable model have been created in 1987 by H.Nicolai. However, in spite of the big principal success this model had two technical shortcomings: (i) the integrability conditions of the Nicolai Lax pair does not contains the Dirac-like equations for the fermionic fields. Instead this linear spectral problem gives only a system of equations for some bosonic quadratic combinations made from fermions, (ii) the Nicolai Lax-pair has the poles of the second order in the complex plane of the spectral parameter while the pure gravity Lax representation has the poles of the first order only.

The question aroused whether the Nicolai model can be covered by appropriately extended BZ approach because the last one is simpler and contains the fully developed technics for construction the exact solitonic solutions. This question was answered in affirmative and the foregoing two technical nuisances was removed during 2015-2016 in collaboration between ICRANet and Albert Einstein Institute at Golm.

To cover the Nicolai model by the BZ approach it is necessary to extend the last one to the multidimensional superspace (including the anticommuting coordinates). In such a framework it was found the reformulation of the Nicolai linear spectral problem in the form containing only simple poles with respect the spectral parameter and leading (apart of equations for scalar fields) also to the Dirac-like equations for the fermionic superpartners of these scalars.

Alongside with application to the Nicolai supergravity the constructed generalization of the BZ approach in superspace contains a possibility to generate the equations of motion for the much bigger array of the interacting bosonic and fermionic fields. However, the physical meaning of these new integrable systems remains to be clarified.

Papers published in 2020 include:

    V. A. Belinski ”Fermi coordinates and static observer in Schwarzschild spacetime”, Phys. Rev. D, 102, 064044 (2020).

    S.V.Serdio and H.Quevedo “Singularity theorems in Schwarzschild spacetimes”, European Physical Journal Plus, 135, 636 (2020).

    R.Giambò, O.Luongo, H.Quevedo “Repulsive regions in Lemaˆıtre–Tolman–Bondi gravitational collapse”, Physics of the Dark Universe, 30, 100721 (2020).

    V. Pineda-Reyes, L. F. Escamilla-Herrera, C. Gruber, F. Nettel and H. Quevedo “Modeling reparametrizations in thermodynamic phase space”, Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, 563, 125464 (2020)

    H.Quevedo, M.N. Quevedo and A.Sanchez “Geometrothermodynamics of Black Hole Binary Systems”, International Journal of Modern Physics D, 29, 2050053 (2020).

Gamma-Ray Bursts (Page 173)

This has been one the most important field of research at the ICRANet Centre in Pescara. Following the new GRB classification into seven different families introduced by ICRANet in 2016, we published the first catalog of all the observed Binary Driven Hypernovae (BdHNe), the GRB family which corresponds to the most energetic “long GRBs”, with more than 300 analyzed sources.

Moreover, in 2016 we started a complete rewrite of the numerical codes used to simulate the evolution of the electron-positron plasma producing a GRB and its interaction with the surrounding medium. This was meant to upgrade from the simplified semi-analytical approach, which had been used until then, to a full numerical integration of the complete system of partial differential equations describing the system. This upgrade of the numerical codes is still ongoing. The first results of these new codes have been applied successfully to the study of early X-Ray Flares observed in BdHNe. This led to the first comprehensive theory of the phenomenon and to the definition of the space-time diagram of BdHNe, which clearly show the markedly different regimes between the GRB Ultrarelativistic Prompt Emission (UPE), with Lorentz gamma factors on the order of 102-103, and the X-Ray flares, with Lorentz gamma factors smaller than 4.

Papers published in 2020 include:

    L. Li; Thermal Components in Gamma-ray Bursts. II. Constraining the Hybrid Jet Model; The Astrophysical Journal, 894, 100 (2020).

    J.A. Rueda, R. Ruffini, M. Karlica, R. Moradi, Y. Wang; Magnetic fields and afterglows of bdhne: inferences from grb 130427a, grb 160509a, grb 160625b, grb 180728a, and grb 190114c; The Astrophysical Journal, 893, 148 (2020).

    J.A. Rueda, R. Ruffini; The blackholic quantum; European Physical Journal C, 80, 300 (2020).

Theoretical Astroparticle Physics (Page 331)

Astroparticle physics is a new field of research emerging at the intersection of particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology. We focused on several topics with three major directions of research: a) electron-positron plasma, b) thermal emission from relativistic plasma and GRBs, c) Relativistic kinetic theory and its applications; and d) ultra high energy particles.

Electron-positron plasma appear relevant for GRBs and also for the Early Universe, in laboratory experiments with ultraintense lasers, etc. Our numerical results indicate that the rates of three-particle interactions become comparable to those of two-particle ones for temperatures exceeding the electron rest-mass energy. Thus three particle interactions such as relativistic bremsstrahlung, double Compton scattering and radiative pair creation become essential not only for establishment of thermal equilibrium, but also for correct evaluation of interaction rates, energy losses etc. We found strong anisotropies in reaction rates in three-particle interactions.

We also obtained new results on propagation of ultra high energy particles, such as photons, neutrinos and protons, at cosmological distances and the limiting distance (cosmic horizon) is obtained as function of particle energy. In addition, new calculations are performed for the cosmic horizon for photons subject to photon-photon scattering.

Papers published in 2020 include:

    M. A. Prakapenia, I. A. Siutsou and G. V. Vereshchagin, “Numerical scheme for evaluating the collision integrals for triple interactions in relativistic plasma”, Phys. Plasmas 27, 113302 (2020) pp. 1-10.

    M. A. Prakapenia and G. V. Vereshchagin, “Pauli blocking effects in thermalization of relativistic plasma”, Phys. Lett. A, Vol. 384 (2020) 126679.

    G. V. Vereshchagin and I. A. Siutsou, “Diffusive photospheres in gamma-ray bursts”, MNRAS 494 (2020), pp. 1463-1469.

    M. A. Prakapenia and G.V. Vereshchagin, “Bose-Einstein condensation in relativistic plasma”, European Physics Letters, 128 (2019) 50002.

Generalization of the Kerr-Newman solution (Page 359)

The unsolved problem of a physical solution in general relativity of an astrophysical object which must be characterized necessarily by four parameters, mass, charge, angular momentum and quadrupole moment, has also been debated for years and it is yet not satisfactorily solved. The presence in ICRANet of Prof. Quevedo as an Adjunct Professor has shown an important result published by Bini, Geralico, Longo, Quevedo [Class. Quant. Grav., 26 (2009), 225006]. This result has been obtained for the special case of a Mashhoon-Quevedo solution characterized only by mass, angular momentum and quadrupole moment. It has been shown that indeed such a Mashhoon-Quevedo solution can be matched to an internal solution solved in the post-Newtonian approximation by Hartle and Thorne for a rotating star.

The most important metrics in general relativity is the Kerr-Newman solution which describes the gravitational and electromagnetic fields of a rotating charged mass, characterized by its mass M, charge Q and angular momentum L in geometrical units. This solution characterizes the field of a black hole. For astrophysical purposes, however, it is necessary to take into account the effects due to the moment of inertia of the object. To attack this problem, an exact solution of the Einstein-Maxwell equations have been proposed by Mashhoon and Quevedo which posses an infinite set of gravitational and electromagnetic multipole moments. It is not clear, however, how this external solution to an astrophysical object can be matched to a physical internal solution corresponding to a physically acceptable rotating mass.

Papers published in 2020 include:

    S.V.Serdio and H.Quevedo “Singularity theorems in Schwarzschild spacetimes”, European Physical Journal Plus, 135, 636 (2020).

    R.Giambò, O.Luongo, H.Quevedo “Repulsive regions in Lemaˆıtre–Tolman–Bondi gravitational collapse”, Physics of the Dark Universe, 30, 100721 (2020).

    V. Pineda-Reyes, L. F. Escamilla-Herrera, C. Gruber, F. Nettel and H. Quevedo “Modeling reparametrizations in thermodynamic phase space”, Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, 563, 125464 (2020)

    H.Quevedo, M.N. Quevedo and A.Sanchez “Geometrothermodynamics of Black Hole Binary Systems”, International Journal of Modern Physics D, 29, 2050053 (2020).

Cosmology Group of Tartu Observatory (Page 423)

Prof. Einasto has been collaborating in the previous years intensively within ICRANet about the large scale structure of the Universe and its possible fractal structure. With Prof. Einasto there is also the collaboration of Prof. G. Hutsi. Prof. Einasto is an Adjunct Professor of ICRANet and an active member of the Faculty of the IRAP PhD. Prof. Einasto has completed a book reviewing the status of the dark matter and the large scale structure of the universe published by World Scientific as Volume 14th in the Advanced Series in Astrophysics and Cosmology Series edited by L.Z. Fang and R. Ruffini. This book covers the material of the lectures delivered in the IRAP PhD program as well as an historical perspective between the different approaches to the study of the dark matter content of the universe in the west and in the former Soviet union.

Papers published in 2020 include:

    Deshev, B., Haines, C., Hwang, H. S., Finoguenov, A., Taylor, R., Orlitova, I., Einasto, M., & Ziegler, B. 2020, Mapping the working of environmental effects in A963, A&A, 638, A126

    Einasto, J., Hutsi, G., Kuutma, T., & Einasto, M. 2020b, Correlation function: biasing and fractal properties of the cosmic web, A&A, 640, A47

    Einasto, M., Deshev, B., Tenjes, P., Hein¨am¨aki, P., Tempel, E., Juhan Liivam¨agi, L., Einasto, J., Lietzen, H., Tuvikene, T., & Chon, G. 2020e, Multiscale cosmic web detachments, con-ectivity, and preprocessing in the supercluster SCl A2142 cocoon, A&A, 641, A172

    Kuutma, T., Poudel, A., Einasto, M., Hein¨am¨aki, P., Lietzen, H., Tamm, A., & Tempel, E. 2020, Properties of brightest group galaxies in cosmic web filaments, A&A, 639, A71

Black Holes and Quasars (Page 441)

This report refers to the activity of Prof. Brian Punsly, who is actively participating within ICRANet with the publication of his internationally recognized book on “Black hole gravitohydromagnetics”, the first and second edition (2010) being published with Springer. In addition, Prof. Punsly have been interested in observational properties of quasars such as broad line emission excess in radio loud quasars accentuated for polar line of sight and excess narrow line widths of broad emission lines in broad absorption line quasars, showing that this is best explained by polar lines of sight.

Papers published in 2020 include:

    Punsly, Brian; Hill, Gary J.; Marziani, Paola; Kharb, Preeti; Berton, Marco; Crepaldi, Luca; Indahl, Briana L.; Zeimann, Greg,“The Energetics of Launching the Most Powerful Jets in Quasars: A Study of 3C 82”,2020 ApJ 189 169

    Punsly, B., Paola Marziani, Marco Berton, Preeti Kharb, “The Extreme Red Excess in Blazar Ultraviolet Broad Emission Lines”,2020 ApJ 903 44

The electron-positron pairs in physics, astrophysics and cosmology (Page 443)

This problem “The electron-positron pairs in physics and astrophysics: from heavy nuclei to black holes” has been the subject of a physics reports of more than 500 references, which is inserted on page 683, by Ruffini, Vereshchagin and Xue. There, all the different aspects of the field has been reviewed: The fundamental contributions to the electron-positron pair creation and annihilation and the concept of critical electric field; Nonlinear electrodynamics and rate of pair creation; Pair production and annihilation in QED; Semi-classical description of pair production in a general electric field; Phenomenology of electron-positron pair creation and annihilation; The extraction of blackholic energy from a black hole by vacuum polarization processes. Due to the interaction of physics and astrophysics we are witnessing in these years a splendid synthesis of theoretical, experimental and observational results originating from three fundamental physical processes. They were originally proposed by Dirac, by Breit and Wheeler and by Sauter, Heisenberg, Euler and Schwinger. For almost seventy years they have all three been followed by a continued effort of experimental verification on Earth-based experiments. The Dirac process, e+e- →2 γ, has been by far the most successful. The Breit-Wheeler process, 2γ → e+e-, although conceptually simple, being the inverse process of the Dirac one, has been by far one of the most difficult to be verified experimentally.

The e+e pairs generated by the vacuum polarization process around a gravitationally collapsing charged core are entangled in the electromagnetic field (R. Ruffini, L. Vitagliano, S.-S. Xue, Phys. Lett. B 573, (2003) 33), and thermalize in an electron–positron–photon plasma on a time scale ~ 104 τC (R. Ruffini, L. Vitagliano, S.-S. Xue, Phys. Lett. B 559, (2003) 12). As soon as the thermalization has occurred, the hydrodynamic expansion of this electrically neutral plasma starts (R. Ruffini, J. Salmonson, J. Wilson, S.-S. Xue, A&A Vol. 335 (1999) 334; Vol. 359 (2000) 855). While the temporal evolution of the e+e gravitationally collapsing core moves inwards, giving rise to a further amplified supercritical field, which in turn generates a larger amount of e+e pairs leading to a yet higher temperature in the newly formed e+eγ plasma. As a consequence, an enormous amount of pairs is left behind the collapsing core and a Dyadosphere (G. Preparata, R. Ruffini, S.-S. Xue, A&A Vol. 338 (1998) L87) is formed. see also B. Han, R. Ruffini, S.-S. Xue, Physics Review D86, 084004 (2012), R. Ruffini, and S-S. Xue, Physics Letters A377 (2013) 2450.

The Schwinger pair-production and nonlinear QED effects in a curved space time are also studied. Taking into account the Euler-Heisenberg effective Lagrangian of one-loop nonperturbative QED contributions, we formulate the Einstein-Euler-Heisenberg theory and study the solutions of nonrotating black holes with electric and magnetic charges in spherical geometry (R. Ruffini, Y.-B. Wu and S.-S. Xue, Physics Review D88, 085004 (2013)). In addition, the Schwinger pair-production and back reaction are recently studied in de Sitter space time in order to understand their roles in early Universe, some results are published (C. Stahl, E. Strobel, and S.-S. Xue, Phys. Rev. D 93, 025004 (2016); C. Stahl and S.-S. Xue, Phys. Lett B 760, 288-292 (2016); E. Bavarsad, C. Stahl and S.-S. Xue, Phys. Rev. D 94, 104011 (2016)).

An interesting aspect of effective field theories in the strong-field or strong coupling limit has recently been emphasized. We study that pair-production in super-position of static and plane wave fields, and in the strong fields expansion, the leading order behavior of the Euler-Heisenberg effective Lagrangian is logarithmic, and can be formulated as a power law (H. Kleinert, E. Strobel and S-S. Xue, Phys. Rev. D88, 025049 (2013), Annals of Physics Vol. 333 (2013) 104). We have also investigated the fundamental processes relevant to the issues of intense laser physics, pair-production (E. Strobel and S-S. Xue , Nucl. Phys B 886, (2014) 1153); two laser beams colliding with a high-energy photon (Y.-B. Wu and S-S. Xue, Phys. Rev. D 90, 013009 (2014))as well as pair-oscillation leading to electromagnetic and gravitational radiation (W.-B. Han and S.-S. Xue, Phys. Rev. D89 (2014) 024008). We study the photon circular-polarization produced by two-laser beams collision (R. Mohammadi, I. Motie, and S.-S. Xue, Phys. Rev. A 89, 062111 (2014)), and by laser and neutrino beams collisions (Phys. Lett. B 731 (2014) 272; Phys. Rev. D 90, 091301(R) (2014)).

In order to account for future observations of GRBs photon polarizations, the possible microscopic origins and preliminary values of GRBs photon polarizations are theoretically calculated (S. Batebi, R. Mohammadi, R. Ruffini, S. Tizchang, and S.-S. Xue, Phys. Rev. D 94, 065033 (2016)). Similarly, by considering possible microscopic interactions and processes, we study the polarization of CMB in cosmology, compared with recent observations (R. Mohammadi, J. Khodagholizadeh, M. Sadegh, and S.-S. Xue, Phys. Rev. D93, 125029 (2016)). All these fundamental processes of microscopic and macroscopic physics are relevant to high-energy phenomena in relativistic astrophysics, black hole physics and laser physics, as early Universe and modern Cosmology.

The Diadotorus

Papers published in 2020 include:

    Roberto Leonardi, Orlando Panella, Francesco Romeo, Alfredo Gurrola, Hao Sun, She-Sheng Xue “Phenomenology at the LHC of composite particles from strongly interacting Standard Model fermions via four-fermion operators of NJL type ”, The European Physical Journal C volume 80, Article number: 309 (2020), https://arxiv.org/abs/1810.11420

    M. Haghighat, S. Mahmoudi, R.Mohammadi, S. Tizchang and S.S. Xue “Circular polarization of cosmic photons due to their interactions with Sterile neutrino dark matter”, Phys. Rev. D101, 123016 (2020) https://arxiv.org/abs/1909.03883.

    She-Sheng Xue “Cosmological constant, matter, cosmic inflation and coincidence”, Modern Physics Letters A, (2020) 2050123 https://arxiv.org/abs/2004.10859

    Cheng-Jun Xia, She-Sheng Xue, Ren-Xin Xu, Shan-Gui Zhou “Supercritically charged objects and electron-positron pair creation”, Phys. Rev. D 101, 103031 (2020), https://arxiv.org/abs/2001.03531

From nuclei to compact stars (Page 1029)

The study of compact objects such as white dwarfs, neutron stars and black holes requires the interplay between nuclear and atomic physics together with relativistic field theories, e.g., general relativity, quantum electrodynamics, quantum chromodynamics, as well as particle physics. In addition to the theoretical physics aspects, the study of astrophysical scenarios characterized by the presence of a compact object has also started to be focus of extensive research within our group. The research which has been done and is currently being developed within our group can be divided into the following topics: nuclear and atomic astrophysics, compact stars (white dwarfs and neutron stars) physics and astrophysics including radiation mechanisms, exact solutions of the Einstein and Einstein-Maxwell equations applied to astrophysical systems and critical fields and non-linear electrodynamics effects in astrophysics.

Also this year we have made progress in all the above fields of research. It is worth to mention that in the recent years it has been established a strong collaboration between the research on the observational and theoretical aspects of GRBs and the one on the physics and astrophysics aspects of white dwarfs and neutron stars. In particular, this collaboration has focused on the problem of establishing the possible progenitors of both short and long GRBs, together with the further development of the model for the explanation of the experimental data of GRBs from the radio all the way to the gamma-rays.

In this line I would like to recall the work by Becerra et al. “On the induced gravitational collapse scenario of gamma-ray bursts associated with supernovae”, ApJ 833, 107 (2016), in which we have, following our induced gravitational collapse (IGC) paradigm of long GRBs, presented numerical simulations of the explosion of a carbon-oxygen core in a binary system with a neutron-star companion. In this work we have presented simulations that follow the hypercritical accretion process triggered onto the neutron star by the supernova explosion, the associated copious neutrino emission near the NS accreting surface, as well as all relevant hydrodynamic aspects within the accretion flow including the trapping of photons. We have shown that indeed the NS can reach the critical mass and collapse to a black hole producing a GRB. Interesting new lines of research has been opened thanks to this work: we have shown that the presence of the neutron star companion near the carbon-oxygen core causes strong asymmetries in the supernova ejecta and that the GRB emission can also interact with the supernova ejecta. Both phenomena cause specific observable signatures which we are currently examining and probing in GRB data.

We have also gone further in probing neutron star binaries as progenitors of short GRBs. Especial mention has to be given in this line to the work of R. Ruffini et al., “GRB 090510: a genuine short-GRB from a binary neutron star coalescing into a Kerr-Newman black hole”, ApJ 831, 178 (2016). We are starting a new era in which, from GRB data, we can extract information on the neutron star parameters leading to black hole formation after the binary coalescence. This kind of research is also of paramount importance to put constraints on the matter content and equation of state at supranuclear densities in neutron stars.

It is also important to mention that we are performing new research on the gravitational wave emission from compact object binaries leading to GRBs, which not only is important by itself but it is relevant to establish the capabilities of current second generation gravitational wave detectors such as Advanded LIGO to detect the gravitational waves associated with GRB events. We have to mention here the work by R. Ruffini et al., “On the classification of GRBs and their occurrence rates”, ApJ 832, 136 (2016), in which we have established a novel classification of short and long GRBs, their binary progenitors, as well as their occurence rate, being the latter necessary to predict a detection rate of the gravitational wave emission from GRBs.

We have also made progress in the understanding of soft gamma ray repeaters (SGRs) and anomalous X-ray pulsars (AXPs). The most used model for the explanation of SGRs/AXPs is based on “magnetars”, ultramagnetized neutron stars. Since there is so far no experimental evidence of such extreme, B > 100 TG, surface magnetic fields in neutron stars, we have focus our effort in analyzing the data of SGRs and AXPs and check whether these objects could be explained by canonical, well tested and experimentally confirmed stars. This was the main idea of a pioneering work of Malheiro, Rueda and Ruffini, “Soft-Gamma-Ray Repeaters (SGRs) and Anomalous X-Ray Pulsars (AXPs) as rotation powered white dwarfs”, PASJ 64, 56 (2012). It was there shown that, indeed, massive (masses of 1 solar mass), fast rotating (rotation periods 1-10 second), highly magnetized (magnetic fields of 1 giga gauss) white dwarfs could explain the observational properties of SGRs/AXPs. In addition, it was there shown that some sources (at the time four) could actually be ordinary, rotation-powered neutron stars. That work opened a new field of research which led in the recent years to several ICRANet publications on the properties of such magnetized white dwarfs, including their radiation emission which has been compared and contrasted with observations. It is particularly important to recall that this area of research has been very active and prolific thanks to an intense collaboration with Brazilian colleagues, including professors and postdoc former students at ICRANet. In the 2016 we have made two important contributions within this collaboration. First, in the work by D. L. Cáceres, et al., “Thermal X-ray emission from massive, fast rotating, highly magnetized white dwarfs”, MNRAS 465, 4434 (2016), it has been shown that suchwhite dwarfs can behave in a similar way as the well-known pulsars, with a specific emission in the X-rays which can explain the soft X-ray emission observed in SGRs and AXPs. Second, in the work by J. G. Coelho et al., “On the nature of some SGRs and AXPs as rotation-powered neutron stars”, A&A 599, A87 (2017), it has been shown that up to 11 out of the total 23 SGRs/AXPs known to date, could be described as rotation-powered neutron stars.

Papers published in 2020 include:

    de Lima, Rafael C. R.; Coelho, Jaziel G.; Pereira, Jonas P.; Rodrigues, Claudia V.; Rueda, J. A., Evidence for a Multipolar Magnetic Field in SGR J1745-2900 from X-Ray Light-curve Analysis, The Astrophysical Journal 889, 165, 2020.

    Rueda, J. A.; Ruffini, Remo; Karlica, Mile; Moradi, Rahim; Wang, Yu, Magnetic Fields and Afterglows of BdHNe: Inferences from GRB 130427A, GRB 160509A, GRB 160625B, GRB 180728A, and GRB 190114C, The Astrophysical Journal 893, 148, 2020.

    Rueda, J. A.; Ruffini, R., The blackholic quantum , The European Physical Journal C 80, 300, 2020.

    Uribe Suarez, J. D.; Rueda, J. A., Some Recent Results on Neutrino Oscillations in Hypercritical Accretion, Astronomische Nachrichten 340, 935, 2020.

    Uribe, J. D.; Becerra-Vergara, E. A.; Rueda, J. A., Neutrino Oscillations in Neutrino-Dominated Accretion Around Rotating Black Holes, Universe 7, 7, 2021.

Self-gravitating Systems of Dark Matter Particles (Page 1133)

In 2020 major results have been obtained in the field of dark matter, which therefore became a main line of research independent from “Theoretical Astroparticle Physics”.

We have given strong evidence on the nature of the massive compact source at the center of our Galaxy to be a concentration of dark matter made of fermions instead of a supermassive black hole. It is worth to say a few words on this important issue. The closest stars to the Galactic center have been extensively and continuously monitored over decades, leading to high-quality data of their positions and velocities. The explanation of these data, especially the S2 star motion, requires the presence of a compact source, Sagittarius A* (Sgr~A*), and its mass must be of the order of 4 million solar masses. This result has been protagonist of the awarded Nobel Prize in Physics 2020 to Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez “for the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the centre of our galaxy”. Traditionally, the Sgr A* compact source has been assumed to be a supermassive black hole. However, a proof of its existence is still absent. A further challenge to this scenario has come from the G2 cloud motion data whose post-peripassage velocity is much lower than the prediction of the supermasive black hole scenario. An attempt to overcome this difficulty has introduced a friction force produced by an accretion flow, however, such a flow is also observationally unconfirmed. In a series of articles, published from 2015 to 2019, we have introduced the Ruffini-Argüelles-Rueda (RAR) model of dark matter. The RAR model proposed dark matter is made of massive fermions, herafter “darkinos”, and their distribution in galaxies is calculated assuming they are at finite temperatures, in thermodynamic equilibrium, and using general relativity. It was already clear from those works that the darkinos form a core-halo density profile, and that the dense core could produce effects on orbiting matter similar to the ones of a supermassive black hole of similar mass. In the year 2020, we moved forward by performing a detailed observational test of the theoretically predicted existence of the dense core of dark matter the Galactic center using the RAR model. Namely, we test whether the dark matter dense core could work as an alternative to the central black hole scenario for SgrA*. The outstanding result has been that the solely dark matter gravitational potential of darkinos of 56 kiloelectronvolt rest mass-energy (about one ninth of the electron mass), can explain all existing data of the motion of the star S2 as well as of the cloud G2, without the presence of a central black hole, and even with better accuracy. Our result that the center of our Galaxy could harbor a concentration of DM instead of a supermassive black hole has attracted worldwide attention. A Press Release of this result has been published in the Astronomy & Astrophysics journal: https://www.aanda.org/2020-press-releases/1880. It is also worth to mention the award Premio Estímulo en Astronomía “Dr. Jorge Sahade” received by Dr. Carlos R. Argüelles in Argentina, delivered by the National Academy of Physical and Natural Sciences, recognizing the relevance of these works as an advance in the field of dark matter: https://laplata.conicet.gov.ar/la-academia-nacional-de-ciencias-exactas-fisicas-y-naturales-distingue-a-un-investigador-del-conicet-la-plata/. The not-scientific audience has been also attracted by these novelties; indeed the major newspaper in Colombia, “El Tiempo”, dedicated a special article on September 9, 2020, to our results: https://www.eltiempo.com/vida/ciencia/que-hay-en-el-centro-de-la-galaxia-investigadores-aseguran-que-podria-ser-materia-oscura-536640. Our group is currently working on an extension of this work by analyzing all the existing observational data of the S-cluster stars, namely the orbit and velocity data of 17 stars. We expect to publish these results in a new article and will be presented in the Scientific Report of the year 2021.

Our group has published three additional papers devoted to fermionic dark matter within the RAR model theoretical framework. We have performed a new analysis of NuSTAR mission X-ray data of the center of our Galaxy to constraint possible self-interactions of the darkinos, assuming they could be the sterile neutrinos of the minimal extension of the standard model of particles, and that they can radiatively decay emitting X-rays. We obtained new bounds on the self-interaction strength complementary to previous bounds we have presented in 2016 using the Milky Way rotation curves.

Two additional articles focus on cosmological consequences of fermions of keV mass-energy as predicted in our research. The first paves the way to the possibility of performing numerical simulations on the formation of dark matter halos of these darkinos in cosmological evolution and structure formation models. Boltzmann hierarchies (time-evolution equations of a Boltzmann gas) including particle self-interactions are there obtained. The second work obtained a major result on the cosmological stability of these core-halo configurations, demonstrating they could naturally arise in the cosmological evolution being the ones that maximize the entropy and being stable over timescales of the order of the Hubble time. This gives certainly a great cosmological support to the fermionic dark matter hypothesis proposed by our group.

Papers published in 2020 include:

    Yunis, R.; Arguelles, C. R.; Mavromatos, N. E.; Moliné, A.; Krut, A.; Carinci, M.; Rueda, J. A.; Ruffini, R., “Galactic center constraints on self-interacting sterile neutrinos from fermionic dark matter (“ino”) models”, Physics of the Dark Universe 30 (2020), article id. 100699

    Yunis, Rafael; Arguelles, Carlos R.; Lopez Nacir, Diana, “Boltzmann hierarchies for self-interacting warm dark matter scenarios”, Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, Issue 09, article id. 041 (2020).

    Becerra-Vergara, E. A.; Arguelles, C. R.; Krut, A.; Rueda, J. A.; Ruffini, R., “Geodesic motion of S2 and G2 as a test of the fermionic dark matter nature of our Galactic core”, A&A 641 (2020) id.A34, 14 pp.

    Arguelles, Carlos R.; Diaz, Manuel I.; Krut, Andreas; Yunis, Rafael, “On the formation and stability of fermionic dark matter halos in a cosmological framework”, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, in press (2020).

Supernovae (Page 1165)

GRBs have broaden the existing problematic of the study of Supernovae. In some models, e.g. the “collapsar” one, all GRBs are assumed to originate from supernovae. Within our approach, we assume that core-collapse supernovae can only lead to neutron stars, and we also assume that GRBs are exclusively generated in the collapse to a black hole. Within this framework, supernovae and GRBs do necessarily originate in a binary system composed by an evolved main sequence star and a neutron star. The concept of induced gravitational collapse leads to the temporal coincidence between the transition from the neutron star to the black hole and the concurrent transition of the late evolved star into a supernova. This very wide topic has been promoted by the collaboration with Prof. Massimo Della Valle, who is an Adjunct Professor at ICRANet and who is currently Co-PI of a VLT proposal “A spectroscopic study of the supernova/GRB connection”. This kind of research is particularly important for trying to find a coincidence between electromagnetic radiation, high-energy particles, ultra high-energy cosmic rays, neutrinos and gravitational radiation, possible observable for existing or future detectors. A short summary of the internationally well-known activities of Prof. Della Valle is given in the report, which contains the many publications in international journals. A new stimulus has come from the recent understanding of the IGC paradigm, which allows a completely new understanding of the relation between the supernovae and the GRBs.

Papers published in 2020 include:

    Ackley, K., et al.; Observational constraints on the optical and near-infrared emission from the neutron star-black hole binary merger candidate S190814bv; Astronomy & Astrophysics, Volume 643, id. A113, 2020.

    Gutiérrez, C. P., et al.; SN 2017ivv: two years of evolution of a transitional Type II supernova; Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 499, Issue 1, pp.974-992, 2020.

    Della Valle, M., Izzo, L.; Observations of galactic and extragalactic novae; The Astronomy and Astrophysics Review, Volume 28, Issue 1, article id.3, 2020.

    Gutiérrez, C. P., et al.; DES16C3cje: A low-luminosity, long-lived supernova; Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 496, Issue 1, pp.95-110, 2020.

    Molaro, P.; Izzo, L.; Bonifacio, P.; Hernanz, M.; Selvelli, P.; della Valle, M.; Search for 7Be in the outbursts of four recent novae; Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 492, Issue 4, p.4975-4985, 2020.

    Tamburini, Fabrizio; Thidé, Bo; Della Valle, Massimo; Measurement of the spin of the M87 black hole from its observed twisted light; Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters, Volume 492, Issue 1, p. L22-L27, 2020.

    Grado, A., et al.; Search for the optical counterpart of the GW170814 gravitational wave event with the VLT Survey Telescope; Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 492, Issue 2, p.1731-1754, 2020.

    Guetta, Dafne; Rahin, Roi; Bartos, Imre; Della Valle, Massimo; Constraining the fraction of core-collapse supernovae harbouring choked jets with high-energy neutrinos; Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 492, Issue 1, p.843-847, 2020.

Symmetries in General Relativity (Page 1173)

We have studied (Bini, Esposito, Geralico) cosmological models, involving non-ideal fluids as sources of the gravitational field, with equation of state typical for fluids undergoing phase transitions as a possible mechanism to generate the content of dark matter in the present Universe.

We have continued our works on perturbations of black hole spacetimes (Bini, Damour, Geralico), with transcription of the associated results into the effective-one-body model, i.e. the model which encompasses all other approximation techniques for the description of a two-body system. In particular, we have studied the backreaction due to particles moving on eccentric orbits in Schwarzschild and Kerr spacetimes. Moreover, we have started the inclusion of second order perturbation effects into the effective-one-body model and considered gravitational self-force effects (Bini, Carvalho, Geralico) on a scalar charge orbiting a Reissner-Nordstrom spacetime.

We have continued our studies (Bini, Geralico) on drag and friction forces around black hole spacetimes, motivated by the necessity of a deeper understanding of effects like the well known Poynting-Robertson effect.

We have considered (Bini, Jantzen, Geralico) gyroscope precession effects along eccentric orbits (either bound or elliptic-like and unbound or hyperbolic-like) around a Kerr spacetime.

Finally (Bini, Mashhoon) we have studied tidal forces around a Kerr black hole, with applications in gravitational gradiometry as well as some novel applications of nonlocal gravity to conformally flat spacetimes.

Papers published in 2020 include:

    Bini D. , Damour T. and Geralico A., Scattering of tidally interacting bodies in post-Minkowskian gravity, Phys. Rev. D 101, no. 4, 044039 (2020)

    Bini D. , Geralico A. Jantzen R. T., PlastinoW., G¨odel spacetime, planar geodesics and the M¨obius map, Gen Relativ Gravit vol. 52, 73 (2020)

    Rettegno P., Martinetti F., Nagar A., Bini D. , Riemenschneider G., and

    Damour T., Comparing effective One Body Hamiltonians for spin-aligned coalescing binaries, Physical Review D ,Vol. 101, No. 10 (2020)

    Bini D. and Esposito G., New solutions of the Ermakov-Pinney equation in curved spacetime, General Relativity and Gravitation, Vol. 52, No. 60, 2020

    Bini D. , Geralico A. and Steinhoff J., Detweiler’s redshift invariant for extended bodies orbiting a Schwarzschild black hole, Phys. Rev. D, vol. 102, 024091, (2020)

    Bini D. , Damour T. and Geralico A., Binary dynamics at the fifth and fifth-and-a-half post-Newtonian orders, Phys. Rev. D, vol. 102, 024062 (2020)

    Bini D. , Damour T. and Geralico A., Sixth Post-Newtonian local-in-time dynamics of binary systems, Phys. Rev. D, vol 102, 024061 (2020)

    Bini D. , Damour T. and Geralico A., Sixth post-Newtonian nonlocal-in-time dynamics of binary systems, Phys. Rev. D, 102, no.8, 084047 (2020)

Self Gravitating Systems, Galactic Structures and Galactic Dynamics (Page 1287)

The work on classical rotating self-gravitating configurations characterized by a multi-parametric rotation law, written in collaboration with Dr F. Cipolletta, Dr J. Rueda and Prof. R. Ruffini, has been published. In the manuscript a detailed and elegant graphical analysis regarding the stability of the configurations (in particular against mass shedding) in the velocity field’s parameters’s space has been presented. In the general relativistic context, an article regarding the last stable orbit around neutron stars has been published. An interesting comparison between numerical simulations and analytical estimates in this case led the authors to find simple, accurate and especially analytical formulas of great interest for astrophysical applications. The study has been performed by using three different equations of state (EOS) based on nuclear relativistic mean field theory models but it is expected that the formulas found will be still valid also for other equations of state. Finally a “compare and contrast” procedure of these results with Kerr metric quantities has been performed too.

Interdisciplinary Complex Systems (Page 1327)

These researches have been focused in fluid-structure problems in hemodynamics in arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian formulation, a mathematically involved theory which describes systems of partial differential equations with free boundary conditions. Specifically the nonlinear equations’ set which describes the fluid and the elastic wall within which the fluid flows have been numerically integrated and the previously introduced TDB risk indicator has been applied to this more involved case in order to perform a risk assessment. On the other hand, a numerical analysis of the same mathematical problem, but focused on the case of different biomedical prostheses applied to real patients’ geometries has been carried out in order to perform a quantitative comparison of the mechanical behavior of the different scenarios, having in mind as ultimate target the best outcomes for patients’ health.

Left: Electrical activity map of an electro-elastic deformed patch of cardiac-type tissue. Right: Turbulent flow structure (specifically the velocity amplitude) in a deformed vessel, obtained by numerical integration through finite elements of the incompressible Navier-Stokes equations.

Papers published in 2020 include:

    Ruiz-Baier R, Gizzi A, Loppini A, Cherubini C, Filippi S. ”Modelling Thermo-Electro-Mechanical Effects in Orthotropic Cardiac Tissue”. Communications in Computational Physics, vol. 27, p. 87-115, (2020)

    Loppini A, Gizzi A, Cherubini C, Fenton F H, Filippi S. ”Temperature effects and correlation analysis in cardiac tissue”. In: 2014 8th Conference of the European Study Group on Cardiovascular Oscillations (ESGCO) . p. 1-2, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., Pisa, doi: 10.1109/ESGCO49734.2020.9158021, (2020).

    Loppini A, Cherubini C, Bertolaso M, Filippi S., ”Breaking down calcium timing in heterogenous cells populations”. Biosystems, vol. 191-192, p. 1-7, (2020)

5. The 2020 ICRANet activities through the ICRANet Newsletter

We turn now (see Enclosure 9) to review the ICRANet activities of 2020 though the issues of the ICRANet Newsletter bimonthly published in 2020 simultaneously in Armenian, Chinese, English, Italian, Portuguese, and Russian (see http://www.icranet.org/news).


I would like to express, also on behalf of all Members of ICRANet, our gratitude to the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and to the Ministers of Economy and Finance of Italy, of Armenia, including also the State Committee of Science of Armenia, and Brazil for their support.

I would also express the gratitude to the Vatican Secretary of State, to the Presidents of the Universities of Tucson and Stanford as well as to the President of ICRA for their support to the ICRANet activities.

Particular recognition goes to Italian Foreign Minister for having supported ongoing ICRANet activities in Belarus, Iran, and Kazakhstan which, coordinated by Armenia, are opening new opportunities of Research in Central Asia. Equally important the support by local organizations to the traditional activities in China (Mainland) and China (Taiwan) and in Korea. I like as well to recall the further extensions of activities within Mexico, Colombia and Argentina, whose Universities and Research organizations have generously contributed trough the financial support of students and postdocs to the further expansion of ICRANet activities. For all this, a particular gratitude goes to Min. Fabrizio Nicoletti, to Cons. Enrico Padula and to Prof. Immacolata Pannone, of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for their attention and constant support and advice.

A special recognition goes to the activities of the many Ambassadors and Consuls who have greatly helped in the intense series of activities carried out by ICRANet in Belarus, Brazil, China, Colombia, Italy, Mexico.

I also express the plaudit for the support of ongoing activities of the IRAP-PhD to the President of Université Côte d'Azur Prof. Jeanick Brisswalter, as well as to the Director of the Observatoire de la Côte D’Azur Prof. Thierry Lanz. We are grateful to the Mayor of Pescara, Carlo Masci, to the Mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi, to the President of PACA, Renaud Muselier, to the Cons. Agnès Rampal of PACA, to the President of the National Academy of Science of Armenia, Prof. Radik Martirosyan, and to the Director of CBPF in Rio de Janeiro, Prof. Ronald Shellard, for their generous support in granting to ICRANet the logistics of the Centers in their respective townships.

Clearly, a special mention of satisfaction goes to all the Scientific Institutions and Research Centers which have signed with ICRANet a collaboration agreement. The complete list can be found at http://www.icranet.org/ScientificAgreements.

ICRANet, as sponsor of the IRAP-PhD program, expresses its gratitude to AEI – Albert Einstein Institute – Potsdam (Germany), ASI – Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (Italy), Bremen University (Germany), Bucaramanga University (Colombia), Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg (Germany), CBPF – Brazilian Centre for Physics Research (Brazil), CNR – Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Italy), Ferrara University (Italy), ICRA (Italy), INAF – Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (Italy), Indian centre for space physics (India), Institut Hautes Etudes Scientifiques – IHES (France), Inst. of High Energy Physics of the Chinese Academy of Science – IHEP-CAS, China, INPE (Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais, Brasil), Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie – MPIfR (Germany), National Academy of Science (Armenia), Observatory of the Côte d'Azur (France), Rome University – “Sapienza” (Italy), Savoie-Mont-Blanc University (France), Shanghai Astronomical Observatory (China), Stockholm University (Sweden), Tartu Observatory (Estonia), UAM – Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (Mexico), Université Côte d'Azur (France) for their joint effort in creating and activating this first European Ph.D. program in Relativistic Astrophysics which has obtained the official recognition of the Erasmus Mundus program of the European Community. All these activities were achieved thanks to the dedicated work of Prof. Pascal Chardonnet. ICRANet looks forward to expand this past success and is ready to generalize it with the adhesion of the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), member of ICRA.

A special mention of gratitude, of course, goes to the Administrative, Secretarial and Technical staff of ICRANet and ICRA for their essential and efficient daily support and to all Faculty for their dedication to fostering, opening and teaching new scientific horizons in our knowledge of the Universe.