Julien Girard

short bio


Who am I?

me at OHP

I am an instrumentation physicist/astronomer currently working as Operations Staff Astronomer at ESO (since 2009)
spending my time between Santiago de Chile and Paranal Observatory.

Previously I worked three years in Mexico City (2006-2009): first as a Postdoctoral Fellow at UNAM's Institute of Astronomy and then as a Professor at the Escuela Superior de Fisica y Matematica (ESFM), part of Instituto Politecnico Nacional (IPN). I mainly work in the field of optical/IR astronomical instrumentation, particularly in Adaptive Optics (AO). I obtained my PhD in 2005 on the on-sky validation of the polychromatic laser guide star concept, which would allow visible AO observations with 100% sky coverage. I also have participated to various observations campaigns and have been involved in the definition of robotic telescope systems.

ESO Messenger cover number 140 June 2010
Here's an article I was asked to write in the ESO Messenger num. 140 (June 2010) about myself (yes..), click on it to see it full screen:

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