Dr. Federico Fraternale

Research Scientist II, CSPAR


320 Sparkman Drive
Cramer Research Hall
Room 2072
Huntsville, AL 35899
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Dr. Federico Fraternale is Research Scientist I at UAH -- CSPAR since November 2019. Federico is an expert of turbulence and wave motion in fluid flows and astrophysical plasmas such as the solar wind. He received his cum laude Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the Politecnico di Torino, in Italy, in 2017. During his Ph. D., Federico focused on theoretical aspects of wave-packet dispersion and transition to turbulence in shear flows, and developed some procedures to perform multi-scale analysis of incomplete solar-wind time series.

Federico is currently involved in a NASA project on turbulence and dissipative processes in the outer heliosphere and in the local interstellar medium. Besides, Federico has been a European-level rowing athlete and instructor, and passionate ski mountaineer.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph. D, Politecnico di Torino, Italy, 2017
  • M. S., Politecnico di Torino, Italy, 2013
  • B. S., Politecnico di Torino, Italy, 2010

Research Funding

  • NASA H-GI Program, grant 80NSSC19K0260 "Turbulence as Indicator of Physical Processes at the Heliospheric Interface" (PI Prof. N.V. Pogorelov)

Recent Publications

  • F. Fraternale, N. V. Pogorelov, and L. F. Burlaga. ``Signatures of Intermittency and Fine-scale Turbulence in the Very Local Interstellar Medium'', Astrophys. J. Letters, in press.

  • F. Fraternale, N. V. Pogorelov, J. D. Richardson, and D. Tordella. ``The structure of magnetic turbulence in the heliosheath region observed by Voyager 2 at 106 AU'' J. Phys. Conf. Series 1225, 012006 (2019). DOI: 10.1088/1742-6596/1225/1/012006.

  • F. Fraternale, N. V. Pogorelov, J. D. Richardson, and D. Tordella. ``Magnetic turbulence spectra and intermittency in the heliosheath and in the local interstellar medium'', Astrophys. J. 872:40 (2019). DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/aafd30.

  • L. Sorriso-Valvo, G. De Vita, F. Fraternale, et al. ``Sign singularity of the local energy transfer in space plasma turbulence'', Frontiers in Physics 7:108 (2019). DOI: 10.3389/fphy.2019.00108.

  • F. Fraternale, G. Nastro, D. Tordella. ``Wave focusing and related multiple dispersion transitions in plane Poiseuille flows'', 2019, under review.

  • Federico Fraternale, Ph. D. Dissertation,``Internal waves in fluid flows. Possible coexistence with turbulence'', 2017, DOI: 10.6092/polito/porto/2687873.

  • L. Sorriso-Valvo et al. ``Turbulence-driven ion beams in the magnetospheric Kelvin-Helmholtz instability'', Phys. Rev. Lett. 122:035102 (2019). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.122.035102.

  • F. Fraternale, L. Domenicale, G. Staffilani, and D. Tordella. ``Internal waves in sheared flows: Lower bound of the vorticity growth and propagation discontinuities in the parameter space'', Phys. Rev. E 97: 063102 (2018). DOI:10.1103/PhysRevE.97.063102.

  • F. De Santi, F. Fraternale, and D. Tordella. ``Dispersive-to-nondispersive transition and phase-velocity transient for linear waves in plane wake and channel flows'', Phys. Rev. E 93:3 (2016). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.93.033116.

  • F. Fraternale, L. Gallana, M. Iovieno, M. Opher, J. D. Richardson, and D. Tordella. ``Turbulence in the solar wind: spectra from Voyager 2 data at 5 AU'', Physica Scripta 91:2 (2016), pp. 394--401. DOI: 10.1088/0031-8949/91/2/023011.