I'm a professional astronomer, investigating how stars and planet forms. I use various observational techniques and instruments, from the high energy xrays to the cold far-infrared photons, to understand the first stages of star and planet formation. I currently work at the Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Bordeaux, at the University of Bordeaux, in France.
I started by career in 2001 as a research asistant with Prof. E. Martín at the Institute for Astronomy of the University of Hawai'i (Honolulu, USA).
Shortly after that, I started a joint PhD thesis at the ESO (Munich, Germany) and IPAG (Grenoble, France) under the supervision of W. Brander and J. Bouvier. The subject of my PhD thesis was: "Fundamental properties of multiplicity of very low mass stars and brown dwarfs". You can download the manuscript here (8.5MB). During my thesis, I used instruments such as the HST (and its WFPC2, STIS and ACS cameras) and the adaptive optics facility NACO at the VLT.
After my PhD, I moved to the Canary Islands (Spain) to work at the IAC. There, I extended my research to the study of protoplanetary discs, using mid-infrared instruments such as VISIR at the VLT, and the Spitzer Space Observatory.
In 2006, I was awarded a Marie Curie Outgoing Fellowship to go to UC Berkeley (USA). I pursued my research on multiplicity in the core of massive stellar clusters, and on protoplanetary discs around brown dwarfs.
In 2009, I was awarded a Fellowship at the European Space Agency in ESAC (Madrid, Spain) to work with the Herschel Space Observatory. The far-infrared regime probed by Herschel allows to study the dust and gas content of protoplanetary discs, as well as the structure of molecular clouds.
In 2015 I was awarded a fellowship by the Canon Foundation in Europe to spend 3 months at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan in Tokyo.
© Last Update: 13-02-2017 by H. Bouy
Photograph Credit: Yuri Beletsky