Astronomer at the Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris


Master 1, SU:

Since 2019, I have been teaching two new practical courses in spectroscopy and imaging using the IAP coupole. Using the IAP sideorostat, students observe the solar spectrum. In the second option, using a small telescope mounted on the roof the IAP, students learn how to make observations from the centre of Paris and to reduce and analyse the data afterwards.

Master 2 (ED127)

From 2019, I teach the new M1 "OHP1" option with Herve Dole, David Katz, Noel Robichon and Lucie Maquet. This is a new observational astronomy course which represents the merging of previous M2 observational astronomy offered at ED127. Like before, it takes place during a week of observations at the Obserservatoire de Haute Provence and students plan and execute a series of observations on a range of topics.

From 2007 to 2018 with Herve Dole, Karim Benabed and Michel Dennefeld, I taught the previous version of the Master 2 option, "Méthodologie: initiation aux observations et au traitement des données"; this course is described in detail on Herve Dole's page page.

From 2012 to 2019 with Karim Benabed and Damien Leborgne I taught another M2 option, "Methods numerique", where students learn to solve a variety of astrophyical problems using numerical methods.

Other teaching:

In addition to teaching carried described above as part as part of my duties at Paris VI, I have particpated as lecturer and tutor in many other schools of observational astronomy around the world: Pune, India (2007); Garching (2008); Tehran, Iran (2008); Calar Alto (2010), Xinlong Observatory, China. (2012) and Sofia, Bulgaria (2014). These schools are similar in format to our course at OHP but typically last much longer, usually at least two weeks.


Here is a copy of the current course I teach during the M2 option on photometry and photometric systems.

Student supervision:

Marko Shuntov 2019-2022 (PhD)

Marko's PhD thesis aims understand the role of "cosmic magnification" in the Euclid surveys.

Hubert Bretonniere 2018 (M2)

In this project we used deep learning techniques to detect outlier images in VIS camera.

Marko Shuntov 2018 (M2)

In this project, Marko Shuntov successfully measured the 'cosmic magnification' effect in the COSMOS survey.

Louis Legrand: 2017 (M2)

Louis carried out an abundance matching analysis in COSMOS.

Clotilde Laigle: 2013-2016 (PhD)

Clotilde studied the high-redshift universe with the UltraVISTA-DR2 data set and the Horizon-AGN hydrodynamical simulation.

Melody Wolk: 2010-2013 (PhD)

Melody completed her thesis in 2013 under the direction of myself and Stephane Colombi. Her thesis concerned galaxy clustering and the halo model,and in particular extensions of the halo model to higher order moments and the measurement of the stellar mass - halo mass relation to z~2.


Public talks: I regularly give public talks aimed at the non-specialist.

Writing: On my blog I regularly write about science and astronomy. There are a few older articles on Lablit.