Prof. Paredes is a Full Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Universitat de Barcelona (UB) where he is leading the group on High Energy Astrophysics. He graduated in Physics, and later earned his PhD working on radio stars, being awarded with the Extraordinary Ph.D. Prize by the UB. Because of the discovery of a high-energy gamma-ray emitting persistent microquasar he received the City of Barcelona 2000 Award in the area of scientific research. In 2007 he was distinguished as Research correspondent member of CONICET (Argentina), and later was awarded with the 2010 ICREA Academia.
He was Secretary and Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Physics, Secretary of the Institute of Cosmic Sciences (ICCUB), and at present, he is the Director of the Department of Quantum Physics and Astrophysics (UB) and Scientific Director of ICCUB. He is member of the MAGIC Collaboration Board and of the Consortium Board of CTA.
Lines of Research
His research interests are focused in the understanding of high-energy astrophysical sources gathering data over a large wavelength range (from radio to TeV energies) as well as modelling emission processes in different scenarios (jets, shocks, interaction with the interstellar medium, etc), which can lead to a major progress in our knowledge about particle acceleration processes and radiation mechanisms in the Universe. In particular, his research topics are:
- High-Energy and Very-High-Energy gamma-ray sources in the Galaxy
- High-angular resolution observations of outflows and jets in stellar objects
- Multi-wavelength observations and theoretical modelling
- MAGIC and Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA)
- Non-thermal high-energy processes in galactic jets and winds: microquasars, binaries of massive stars, binaries hosting a young pulsar.