After my first degree, I worked at
the INAF-OAC in Naples
on semi-empirical models
for the cromospheric activity of FU Orionis
stars. Along with Dr.
M.T. Gomez, Prof. L.A. Smaldone (INFN-Naples
and other members of the solar and stellar physics groups, we reproduced
observed Hα and NaI D spectral lines by assuming that they arise from the
atmosphere of an accretion disk. At the same time I worked with Dr. L. Terranegra
on data reduction and statistical analysis of the kinematic of open clusters
and associations of stars.
I also spent a few months at the IAM, a department of the National Council
of Research, where I was involved in a project aimed at the computation of
synthetic spectra of the Earth's atmosphere under various weather conditions.