Dr. Athina Meli

Senior Research Scientist
Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
University of Gent, Belgium

Fields of interest:

  • Astroparticle physics and High Energy astrophysics
  • Computational modelling and simulations — Particle shock acceleration in non-relativistic and relativistic sub-luminal and super-luminal shocks
  • Radiation processes in Super Novae, Active Galactic Nuclei and Gamma Ray Bursts environments
  • Space plasmas
  • Cosmic ray air-showers 

Recent publications:

Meli, A.
Diffusive and Shock-Drift Acceleration in Relativistic Shocks
Few-Body Systems, vol. 53, no. 1-2, pp. 157–165, 2012

Meli, A., Becker, J. K., Quenby, J. J.:
Active Galactic Nuclei and Gamma Ray Bursts: Relativistic shocks and the origin of ultra high energy cosmic rays
2011,  Nucl.Instrum.Meth. Phys. Res., 630, 95

Biermann, P. L.,Becker, J. K.,Meli,A., Seo, E.-S., Stanev, T.:
The WMAP Haze from the Galactic Center Region Due to Massive Star Explosions and a Reduced Cosmic Ray Scale Height
2010, ApJ, 710L, 53

Dieckmann, M. E., Murphy, G., Meli, A., Drury, L O C:
Particle-in-cell simulation of a mildly relativistic collision of an electron-ion plasma carrying a quasi-parallel magnetic field: Electron acceleration and magnetic field amplification at supernova shocks,
2010, A&A, 509, 89

Biermann, P. L., Becker, J. K., Meli, A., Rhode, W., Seo, E. -S.; Stanev, T.:
Cosmic ray electrons and positrons from supernova explosions of massive stars
Physical Review Letters 2009, Vol. 103, Issue 6, id. 061101

Meli, A., Becker, J. and Quenby, J. J.:
Cosmic ray acceleration in subluminal and superluminal relativistic shock environments
Astronomy & Astrophysics, 2008, 492, 323

Dieckmann, M. E., Meli, A. Shukla, P. K. and Drury, L. O’, Mastichiadis, A.:
Two-dimensional PIC simulations of ion-beam instabilities in Supernova-driven plasma flows
Plasma Physics and Controlled fusion, 2008, Vol. 50, Issue 6, id. 065020

Meli, A. and Quenby, J. J.:
Shock Acceleration at Super-luminal Relativistic Shocks – A Numerical Study
Nuclear Physics B, 2006, Vol. 151, Issue 1, p. 505-508

Meli A. and Biermann P.L.:
Cosmic Rays X. The cosmic ray knee and beyond: diffusive shock acceleration at oblique shocks
Astronomy and Astrophysics 2006, 454 687

Casanova, S., Biermann, P.L, Engel, R., Meli, A., Ulrich, R.:
Sources of cosmic rays and galactic diffuse gamma radiation
ESA SP-552, 2004, 552, 521