Ingénieur de Recherche
Institut d'Astrophysique, Paris
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Latest Developments

May 2001: a new contract
As of 1/May/2001 I have a fixed term contract (CDD) as an engineer (Ingénieur de Récherche) in the Planck Data Processing Centre (DPC) group at the IAP, which is coordinated by Dr. Francois Bouchet. My new work will involve sofware development for the Level-2 (L2) data reduction pipeline of the HFI instrument, and integration/validation of the pipeline, with software modules provided by other groups of the L2 consortium. The objective of the L2 pipeline is to take the cleaned telemetry and preprocessed data of the Level-1, and produce (nearly) full sky maps in the wavelengths (or frequencies) observed by the Planck HFI instrument. All this is very new, and the details of my work will become more clear as the tasks of the consortium are defined in detail.

 It follows that my research interests are changing: moving (1) further to the infrared, namely 0.3 - 3 mm, the wavelength range in which the Planck satellite will observe, (2) further away in space, basically as far as one can go with light, that is to the Cosmic Microwave Background, or CMB, and (3) from the formation of stars to the formation of the universe! Curiously, this is bringing me back to cosmology, which is what pushed me towards astronomy (and astrophysics) in the first place, back in the mid 70's.

Research interests

Recent results

  The Pistol Nebula and Quintuplet Cluster in the Galactic Centre
The central region of the Galaxy viewed by the MSX Spirit-III instruments: a true-color composite with the 8 um image in blue, the average of 12 and 15 um in green, and the 21 um in red. The full field, the Arches, and the Quintuplet and Pistol Nebula region.

Full field - 8 deg wide

The Arches and the bubble
The Pistol Regions - MSX-Spirit III
The Pistol region

Mid-infrared imaging and spectroscopy of the enigmatic cocoon stars in the Quintuplet Cluster
A.Moneti, S.R.Stolovy, J.A.D.L.Blommaert, & D.F.Figer, A&A 366, 106 (2001)
pdf from A&A (522 kb) | astro-ph/0010558
This is the Galactic Centre reddening law used in this paper (and a table of the values.)

Cold H2O and CO ice and gas toward the Galactic Center
A.Moneti, J. Cernicharo, & J.R. Pardo ApJLett, 549, 203 (2001)
pdf from ApJLett (105kb) - astro-ph/00120292

[ArII], [NeII], and [NeIII] forbidden line images of the Pistol Nebula extracted from the ISOCAM-CVF datacube; a continuum image is also shown for comparison. And also a composite, with [ArII] in blue, [NeII] in green, and [NeIII] in red.

ISOCAM-CVF datacube of the Pistol Star/Nebula and of the Quintuplet Cluster: The Pistol Star is the brightest source at short wavelengths. The full Pistol Nebula appears at about 8 um, just before the deep silicate absorption. The top part of the Pistol Nebula can be seen also in the Quintuplet datacube, which also shows the increasing size of the point-spread function and the different temperatures of the Quintuplet sources. In all figures North is to the top, and East is to the left.
  Clusters and PMS stars
The 30 Doradus cluster: a mosaic of the cluster, made from nine NIC2 images; and a smaller size image of the same. The field is 1 arcmin on the side and is made of pixels of 0.075 arsec. It required four orbits of HST time. The core was observed in parallel with NIC1: the field is 10 arcsec on the side, and pixels are 0.004 arcsec.

Truecolor view made of the 30 Dorauds from WFPC2 V and R images (Hunter et al. 1996), and H from NICMOS (thank you Mark McCaughrean. For more details, see Zinnecker et al. (2000).

Some views of M16/NGC6611: ISOGAL view, composite of a 7.7 and a 15 um images. The well known elephant trunks, pointing toward the upper right, are near the centre of the image. A near infrared view, made from J, H, and K images (curtesy of Mark McCaughrean), and an MSX view, made from 8, 12+15, and 22 um images. In the latter, the orientation is Galactic, and the elephant trunks are located slighlty below image center and point to the upper left.

HH-30 IRS observed by ISOCAM... barely visible, but there!