Dr. Aurora Sicilia-Aguilar

Honorary Lecturer
Research Theme:
St. Andrews
Email address:
Telephone number:
+44 (0)1334 46
School of Physics & Astronomy, Physical Science Building, North Haugh, St Andrews, KY16 9SS, United Kingdom

Research interests

I work on star formation and protoplanetary disk evolution from an observational point of view. I use multiwavelength observations (from optical to millimetre, from ground-based telescopes to space-borne observations) to study the way protoplanetary disk evolve and disperse with time, trying to understand the physical mechanisms behind disk dispersal and what makes that different systems evolve along different paths. I am also interested in the connections between disk structure and evolution and cluster environment, and how initial conditions in the star-forming cloud may affect disks and their final outcome (maybe a planetary system?), and on making real-time stellar experiments using observations of variable, young stars.


I am currently teaching in the Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics master at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (UAM). I was responsible for teaching General Astrophysics for undergraduates at UAM in the previous year, and this year I am teaching Star Formation at the master level.

Research outputs

  1. The 2014-2017 outburst of the young star ASASSN-13db. A time-resolved picture of a very-low-mass star between EXors and FUors DOI
    A. Sicilia-Aguilar, A. Oprandi, D. Froebrich, M. Fang, J. L. Prieto, K. Stanek, A. Scholz, C. S. Kochanek, Th. Henning, R. Gredel et al., Astronomy & Astrophysics, 607 (2017)
  2. Millimeter observations of the disk around GW Ori DOI
    M. Fang, A. Sicilia-Aguilar, D. Wilner, Y. Wang, V. Roccatagliata, D. Fedele and J. Z. Wang, Astronomy & Astrophysics, 603 (2017)
  3. NGC 1980 is not a foreground population of Orion DOI
    Min Fang, Jinyoung Serena Kim, Ilaria Pascucci, Dániel Apai, Lan Zhang, Aurora Sicilia-Aguilar, Miguel Alonso-Martínez, Carlos Eiroa and Hongchi Wang, Astronomical Journal, 153, 4 (2017)
  4. A gas density drop in the inner 6 AU of the transition disk around the Herbig Ae star HD 139614 DOI
    A. Carmona, W. F. Thi, I. Kamp, C. Baruteau, A. Matter, M. van den Ancker, C. Pinte, A. Kóspál, M. Audard, A. Liebhart et al., Astronomy & Astrophysics, 598 (2017)
  5. A 'Rosetta Stone' for protoplanetary disks DOI
    A. Sicilia-Aguilar, A. Banzatti, A. Carmona, T. Stolker, M. Kama, I Mendigutía, A. Garufi, K. Flaherty, N. van der Marel and J. Greaves, Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia, 33 (2016)
  6. An M-dwarf star in the transition disk of Herbig HD142527; Physical parameters and orbital elements DOI
    S. Lacour, B. Biller, A. Cheetham, A. Greenbaum, T. Pearce, S. Marino, P. Tuthill, L. Pueyo, E. E. Mamajek, J. H. Girard et al., Astronomy & Astrophysics, 590 (2016)
  7. A network of filaments detected by Herschel in the Serpens core DOI
    V. Roccatagliata, J. E. Dale, T. Ratzka, L. Testi, A. Burkert, Christine Maria Koepferl, Aurora Sicilia-Aguilar, C. Eiroa and B. Gaczkowski, Astronomy & Astrophysics, 584 (2015)
  8. The accretion dynamics of EX Lupi in quiescence DOI
    Aurora Sicilia-Aguilar, Min Fang, Veronica Roccatagliata, Andrew Collier Cameron, Ágnes Kóspál, Thomas Henning, Peter Ábrahám and Nikoletta Sipos, Astronomy & Astrophysics, 580 (2015)
  9. The Herschel/PACS view of the Cep OB2 region DOI
    Aurora Sicilia-Aguilar, Veronica Roccatagliata, Konstantin Getman, Pablo Rivière-Marichalar, Tilman Birnstiel, Bruno Merín, Min Fang, Thomas Henning, Carlos Eiroa and Thayne Currie, Astronomy & Astrophysics, 573, p. 1-39 (2015)
  10. Triggered star-formation in the bright rimmed globule IC1396A
    Nimesh A. Patel, Aurora Sicilia-Aguilar and Paul Goldsmith (2015)
Last updated: 11 Dec 2017 at 21:12