Julien H. Girard
VLT operations staff astronomer
I mostly work on VLT/UT1-UT3-UT4 where most adaptive optics systems are (NaCo, SINFONI +LGSF SPHERE, Future AOF, etc.). Instrument Scientist of NaCo & SPHERE, I also coordinate/follow Adaptive Optics activities at ESO/Chile.
The remaining time is dedicated to my personal
research or R&D projects, collaborations, etc.
My (broad) research interests: star & planet formation, faint companions search and characterization (brown dwarfs, extra-solar planets), close and dusty environment of young and/or low-mass to intermediate mass stars, AGN cores, etc.
use high angular & high
contrast imaging techniques extensively, mainly adaptive
optics & coronagraphy (interferometry occasionally), in
the infrared and from the
ground. I am also interested in the time-domain and participate to
campains to measure extrasolar planet atmospheres via transits and
occultations, also from
Former instrumentation specialist and instrument builder, I hope to contribute again to instrumentation labs/projects in the future.
Outreach: I think that sciences and astronomy in particular
aren't completly useless in the society. I am more and more
interested in public outreach and therefore I will try to provide
interesting informations and links hereby.
You can also read about this photographic exhibition "Ella
es Astrónoma" I produced about Women astronomers in Mexico as
well as look at my Cosmic
Diary corner. Since 2012 I became one of the ESO
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