About Me

Ciao! I'm a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Melbourne in the group of Christian Reichardt, working at the intersection between theory, observations and data analysis. I am interested in mining the different cosmological data sets in order to sharpen our current understanding of the universe. I am incredibly lucky to be able to analyze and interpret data from the South Pole Telescope and POLARBEAR/Simons Array.
Most of my research focuses on the interplay between the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) and the Large Scale Structure (LSS).
I have developed and applied statistical tools to measure the cross-correlation of CMB lensing with the LSS tracers: these measurements can help solving the cosmological puzzle.

Previously, I was a graduate student in the Astrophysics Sector at SISSA (International School for Advanced Studies) in Trieste, working under the supervision of Carlo Baccigalupi. You can find my PhD thesis here.
While I am not trying to understand how the universe (doesn't) work, you might find me listening to music, strumming the guitar or playing freestyle frisbee with my jamily (before that I also used to argue with my friends about the best osmiza in Trieste).

Contact Details

Federico Bianchini
School of Physics
University of Melbourne
Melbourne, VIC 3010

fbianchini at unimelb.edu.au

I am generally interested in data-oriented observational and theoretical cosmology, as well as astrophysics


  • CMB science: lensing and Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect
  • LSS: statistics of the galaxy distribution, galaxy clusters, interplay with CMB
  • Cross-correlation between cosmic fields
  • Cosmological tests of gravity
  • Cosmostatistics


Refereed Journal Articles

Imprints of gravitational lensing in the Planck CMB data at the location of WISExSCOS galaxies
S. Raghunathan, F. Bianchini, C. L. Reichardt (2017), accepted by ApJ

Constraining gravity at large scales with the 2MASS Photometric Redshift catalogue and Planck lensing
F. Bianchini, C. L. Reichardt, ApJ 862, 1 (2018)

Where is Population II?
J. Mould, F. Bianchini, D. Forbes, C. L. Reichardt, PASA 35, 16 (2018)

A Measurement of the Cosmic Microwave Background B-Mode Polarization Power Spectrum at Sub-Degree Scales from 2 years of POLARBEAR Data
POLARBEAR Collaboration, ApJ 842, 2 (2017)

Measuring galaxy cluster masses with CMB lensing using a Maximum Likelihood estimator: Statistical and systematic error budgets for future experiments
S. Raghunathan, S. Patil, E. J. Baxter, F. Bianchini, L. E. Bleem, T. M. Crawford, G. P. Holder, A. Manzotti, C. L. Reichardt, JCAP 08, 30 (2017)

Needlet estimation of cross-correlation between CMB lensing maps and LSS
F. Bianchini, A. Renzi, D. Marinucci, JCAP 11, 50 (2016)

Toward a tomographic analysis of the cross-correlation between Planck CMB lensing and H-ATLAS galaxies
F. Bianchini, A. Lapi, M. Calabrese, P. Bielewicz, J. Gonzalez-Nuevo, C. Baccigalupi, L. Danese, G. de Zotti, N. Bourne, A. Cooray, L. Dunne, S. Eales, ApJ 825, 1 (2016)

Kinetic Sunyaev Zel'dovich effect in modified gravity
F. Bianchini & A. Silvestri, Phys. Rev. D 93, 064026 (2016)

Cross-correlation between the CMB lensing potential measured by Planck and high-z sub-mm galaxies detected by the Herschel-ATLAS survey
F. Bianchini, P. Bielewicz, A. Lapi, J. Gonzalez-Nuevo, C. Baccigalupi, G. de Zotti, L. Danese, N. Bourne, A. Cooray, L. Dunne, S. Dye, S. Eales, R. Ivison, S. Maddox, M. Negrello, D. Scott, M. W. L. Smith, E. Valiante, ApJ 802, 64 (2015)


Broadband spectral energy distributions of SDSS-selected quasars and of their host galaxies: intense activity at the edge of the quenching
F. Bianchini, Giulio Fabbian, Andrea Lapi, Joaquin Gonzalez-Nuevo, Roberto Gilli, Carlo Baccigalupi (2018), submitted to ApJ


Cross-correlation between cosmological and astrophysical datasets: the Planck and Herschel case
F. Bianchini and A. Lapi, SCCC21/IAU306 (2014)

H-ATLAS High-z Sources: An Optimal Sample for Cross-Correlation Analysis
J. Gonzalez-Nuevo, A. Lapi, and F. Bianchini , 49th Rencontres de Moriond: Cosmology, La Thuile, Italy, 22 - 29 Mar 2014, pp.121-126, (2014)


Cross-correlating Planck CMB Lensing with high-z sub-mm H-ATLAS galaxies
PLANCK 2014 - The microwave sky in temperature and polarization, Ferrara (Italy)