Andrea Bulgarelli is interested in the variability of the gamma-ray sky for years. His main field of research is related to analysis techniques for gamma-ray instruments in the field of time-domain and real-time astrophysics, background rejection techniques for both X- and gamma-ray instruments, simulation of detectors for X and gamma-ray space missions, data analysis of gamma-ray sources.
Since 2007 is the software coordinator of the AGILE Team. He has coordinated the development of the AGILE Science Alert System for detection of γ-ray transients. The speed of the pipeline has been crucial to the discovery of the variability of the Crab Nebula, for which the AGILE Team won the AAS Bruno Rossi prize 2012. He coordinates the AGILE flare advocate team.
Since 2012 he coordinates the Real-Time Analysis of CTA, a.k.a ACADA/Science Alert Generation system.
Since 2020 he coordinates the on-site software of the ASTRI Mini-Array project.
Agilepy: A Python framework for scientific analysis of AGILE data
The Italian AGILE space mission, with its Gamma-Ray Imaging Detector (GRID) instrument sensitive in the 30 MeV–50 GeV energy band, has been operating since 2007. Agilepy is an open-source Python package to analyse AGILE/GRID data. The package is built on top of the command-line version of the AGILE Science Tools, developed by the AGILE Team, publicly available, and also provided by ASI/SSDC as a scientific software package. The main purpose of the package is to provide an easy to use high-level interface to analyse AGILE data by simplifying the configuration of the tasks and ensuring straightforward access to the data. The current features are the generation and display of sky maps and light curves, the access to gamma-ray sources catalogues, the analysis to perform spectral model and position fitting, the background evaluation, and generation of test statistic maps. New features are planned for future releases. In addition, Agilepy provides an engineering interface analysis of instrument off-axis evolution. The tool is also used by the Flare Advocate team to analyse the data during the daily monitoring of the gamma-ray sky. Agilepy (and its dependencies) can be easily installed using Anaconda.