Talk at SETI today – Tomorrow at UC-Berkeley

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I have just given my talk at SETI Institute. I don’t know why it is more stressful to give a talk in your host institution than somewhere else. :-) Anyway it went quite well since I talked about my recent work for the study of multiple asteroid systems. This is one of the most interesting works I have done over the last 6 years. I am glad I found a way to summarize it in a concise and logical way.

In a few days, the video of my talk will be available on the SETI web site. All our scientific lectures are recorded and put on the web, so I advice you to check the web site. They will give you a flavor of what kind of research we are conducting at the Carl Sagan Center of the SETI Institute. The Carl Sagan center, directed by Frank Drake, aims at studying all parameters of the Drake Equation, from cosmology (formation of the universe), to planetary science (formation of planets), Biology (life evolution), History (intelligent society lifetime) and Psychology. I am glad to be a Principal Investigator in this diverse and vibrant institution.

Tomorrow I will be working at UC-Berkeley where Peter Smith (Phoenix Principal Investigator at U. of Arizona) will give a talk about the results of this Mars mission. I will keep you posted of course!



About Franck Marchis

Dr. Franck Marchis is a Senior Researcher and Chair of the Exoplanet Group at the Carl Sagan Center of the SETI Institute since July 2007. Over the past 19 years, he has dedicated his research to the study of our solar system, specifically the search for asteroids with moons, using mainly ground-based telescopes equipped with adaptive optics. More recently, he has been also involved in the definition of new generation of AOs for 8 -10 m class telescopes and future Extremely Large Telescopes. He has developed algorithms to process and enhance the quality of images, both astronomical and biological. His currently involved in the Gemini Planet Imager Exoplanet Survey, which consists in imaging exoplanets using an extreme AO system for the Gemini South telescope. This new instrument is capable of imaging and recording spectra of young Jupiter-like exoplanets orbiting around nearby stars.

One Response to Talk at SETI today – Tomorrow at UC-Berkeley

  1. Claude Marchis says:

    Salut Franck,
    Félicitations pour ce blog. J’aurai le plaisir de te lire et de découvrir tes travaux ainsi que tes impressions. Tu sais que je dispose de l’internet, malheureusement à faible débit (56 kbits/sec!), ce qui rend difficile la réception des photos et pire encore l’envoi, enfin tout téléchargement. Mais la technologie évoluant dans notre région rurale et montagnarde, j’espère passer sur l’ADSL avec un débit de 1 M !!!. Ce qui permettra d’améliorer nos échanges.
    Je t’embrasse

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