Pierre M. Pizzochero, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Nuclear and Subnuclear Physics at the Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy. He is member of the Theory Group at the Physics Department, where he teaches the course “Relativistic Nuclear Astrophysics”. He is also associated to the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, which funds the Italian research in Astro-particle Theoretical Physics.
Under the early mentoring of Gerald E. Brown and Hans A. Bethe, his research activity has focused on the physics of Compact Stars, in particular Supernova theory, neutrino astrophysics, cooling of compact objects, superfluid properties of dense matter and physics of Pulsar glitches. His interest is both in the microscopic quantum properties of gravitationally compressed matter and in the semi-analytic modelling of astrophysical phenomena depending on such properties.
Professor Pizzochero is one of the founders of the european network CompStar, which now connects the majority of european scientists working on the physics of compact objects and coming from very different fields of expertise: High-energy Astrophysics, Nuclear and Subnuclear Physics and Gravitational Physics. He was Co-chair of the ESF-funded RPN ‘’CompStar’’ (2008-12) and from 2013 to 2018 he was Vice-Chair of the COST Action MP1304 ‘’Exploring fundamental physics with compact stars (NewCompStar)’’. Since 2019 he is in the Core Group and Management Committee of the COST Action CA16214 ‘’PHAROS: The multi-messenger physics and astrophysics of neutron stars’’.